Kieboom went 3-for-5 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday. A big offensive performance from the Nats' No. 1 fantasy prospect is old hat at this point -- he's slashing .321/.431/.595 through 65 games for Fresno -- but what was noteworthy Tuesday was his spot on the diamond. Kieboom played third base for the third time this season, and while adding the hot corner to his defensive profile probably won't help get him to the majors any quicker in 2019, he could be Plan B for next season if the club can't re-sign pending free agent Anthony Rendon.
Kieboom went 3-for-4 with three walks, a grand slam and a second run scored for Triple-A Fresno on Sunday. The 21-year-old is now slashing .328/.463/.578 through 18 games in June with three homers and 18 RBI to go along with a strong 15:15 BB:K. Kieboom's path back to the majors is blocked at the moment thanks to Brian Dozier turning his season around, but the Nats' No. 1 fantasy prospect is once again showing that he has little left to learn in the minors.
Kieboom has gone 10-for-32 (.313) with three doubles, three home runs, nine RBI and a 6:5 BB:K in nine games since being optioned back to Triple-A Fresno. The 21-year-old's first stint in the majors didn't go as planned, but Kieboom has been doing his best to earn another shot since returning to the PCL. Trea Turner is now back in the lineup at shortstop for the Nats, but Brian Dozier's continued struggles at the plate could create an opportunity for Kieboom at second base later in the season if he keeps posting strong numbers.
Kieboom went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI for Triple-A Fresno on Thursday. The Nats' top fantasy prospect showed no signs of sulking in his first game back with Fresno since losing his spot in the majors. It could be awhile before Kieboom gets another shot with Washington, but if he keeps dominating PCL pitching he'll earn a return trip later this season.
Kieboom went 0-for-4 in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers. Kieboom is now off to a 5-for-39 (.128 average) start to his MLB career and has struck out in 37.2 percent of his plate appearances while making four errors in the field. Though Trea Turner (finger) is likely multiple weeks away from returning from the injured list, the 14-20 Nationals may have a tough time justifying letting Kieboom work through his struggles at the plate and on defense for much longer at the big-league level. The Nationals are set to activate Anthony Rendon (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, and there's a real possibility that the team sends Kieboom back to the farm in a corresponding move and reinstalls Wilmer Difo as the primary shortstop until Turner returns.