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8 Carter Kieboom 3B

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March 9, 2020 05:40 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Getting comfortable at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The two-bagger was his first extra-base hit this spring. Kieboom had a sluggish start to camp, but he appears to be getting comfortable in the batter's box and has pushed his slash line up to .250/.419/.292 through 31 plate appearances. The same can't be said for his defense, however -- the 22-year-old committed his third error in 11 games Sunday, a clear sign that his conversion to third base remains a work in progress. Kieboom still has a couple weeks to prove to the Nats' coaching staff that he's ready to handle the position right from Opening Day, and that he won't need more time in the minors to adjust.

March 2, 2020 06:32 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Rough start to spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom committed an error at third base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game, then went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Sunday, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

The Nats' top prospect is being given every chance to win the starting job at the hot corner this spring, but so far he's struggling both in the field and at the plate, where he's hitting only .083 (1-for-12), albeit with six walks in 22 plate appearances. "He might be pressing just a little bit," manager Dave Martinez said. "I tried telling him: 'Go up there and have fun. Be aggressive.' " If Kieboom isn't able to turn things around over the next couple weeks, Washington has plenty of veteran infield depth available if it decides he needs more seasoning at Triple-A to begin the season.

February 14, 2020 02:52 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Chance to earn starting job
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom will have an opportunity to earn the Opening Day job at third base, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

The 22-year-old made his big-league debut last April with Trea Turner (finger) on the injured list, but the organization's top prospect returned to the minors after struggling at the plate in 11 games with a .128/.209/.282 slash line. The offseason departure of Anthony Rendon leaves a significant hole at third base for the Nationals, and Kieboom could take over at the hot corner with a strong showing in spring training. However, the team has plenty of veteran infield depth (Asdrubal Cabrera, Starlin Castro, Wilmer Difo, Howie Kendrick) should Kieboom be unable to secure the starting job over the next month.

December 9, 2019 08:24 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: To see plenty of chances in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom is "close" to being ready for the major leagues and is expected to see time at multiple positions during spring training, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

Kieboom made his big-league debut during the 2019 season, though he went just 5-for-39 with two home runs and four walks in 11 games. The Nationals feel good about how Kieboom is developing at this point and plan to give him plenty of opportunities to see major-league arms during spring training.

September 4, 2019 12:24 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Unlikely to see September callup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom isn't expected to be promoted from Triple-A Fresno during the final month of the season, Jamal Collier of reports.

Kieboom will head to West Palm Beach to see at-bats in case he does need to be called up, though the Nationals are unlikely to promote the prospect unless there's an injury. He made his big-league debut earlier this year, going 5-for-39 with two home runs and four walks over 11 games.

July 3, 2019 10:20 AM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Seeing time at third base
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 24, 2019 11:12 AM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Surging at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 20, 2019 11:12 AM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Still slugging for Fresno
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 10, 2019 10:00 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Homers in return to Fresno
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 7, 2019 04:28 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Demoted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jamal Collier of reports.

The Nationals' top prospect could have potentially stayed up for good if he had hit the ground running, but after hitting .128/.209/.282 with a 37.2 percent strikeout rate in 43 plate appearances, he was a natural candidate to be sent down with Anthony Rendon (elbow) coming off the injured list. Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three home runs in 18 games at Triple-A prior to making his big-league debut.

May 7, 2019 12:32 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Another hitless performance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

May 2, 2019 02:16 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: On bench for series finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

Kieboom has gone just 3-for-22 (.136) with a pair of homers and nine strikeouts in six games since earning a promotion near the end of April. As such, he'll take a seat for Thursday's series finale as he looks to hit the reset button. Wilmer Difo is starting at shortstop and hitting eighth in his place.

April 29, 2019 09:40 AM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Smacks second homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom went 2-for-4 with a walk and a solo home run in Sunday's extra-innings win over the Padres.

Over a span of three innings, Juan Soto, Victor Robles and Kieboom -- all 21 years old or younger -- went yard for the Nats, offering opponents a glimpse at what they could be dealing with well into the next decade. Kieboom's now slugged two homers in his first three big-league games, but he's also struck out five times in 12 at-bats. He'll get regular playing time at shortstop until Trea Turner (finger) is back, but if the youngster is still producing at that time, he could stick around at second base, his likely long-term home on the Washington infield.

April 27, 2019 08:12 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Eventful big-league debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Padres.

The rookie was the center of attention in his big-league debut, taking Craig Stammen deep to lead off the eighth inning and tie things up at 3-3 but then striking out with the bases loaded in the ninth against San Diego closer Kirby Yates to end the ballgame. Kieboom was tearing up Triple-A prior to his promotion, hitting .379 with three homers in 18 games, but he struck out 20 times. The 21-year-old could struggle to make consistent contact in the majors at this stage of his development.

April 26, 2019 05:56 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Officially called up
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom was called up from Triple-A Fresno on Friday.

It was reported Thursday that Kieboom would receive his first promotion to the big leagues, and the Nationals have made that move official. The 21-year-old was putting up some of the best numbers of his minor-league career at Fresno through 18 games this season with a .379/.506/.636 slash line and three home runs. Kieboom -- Washington's top prospect -- figures to take over at shortstop while Trea Turner remains on the injured list with a broken finger.

April 25, 2019 09:00 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Headed to big club Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom will be promoted from Triple-A Fresno ahead of Friday's game against the Padres, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

With Wilmer Difo struggling and Trea Turner (finger) presumably still multiple weeks away from a return, the Nationals decided to summon Kieboom for the first time in his career. The well-regarded prospect has been on a tear with Fresno, slashing .379/.506/.636 with three homers and a stolen base through 18 games. While it remains to be seen whether he'll be in the starting lineup Friday, Kieboom figures to see his fair share of opportunities during his time with the big club. A corresponding roster move will have to be made Friday.

April 17, 2019 12:24 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: On fire for Fresno
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

The shortstop is demolishing PCL pitching right now, slashing .483/.595/.862 over the last eight games, with six of his 14 hits going for extra bases (three doubles, a triple and two homers). If there's a warning sign in Kieboom's numbers it's that he's struck out 10 times even during his hot streak, but he's balanced that out with seven walks. The Nats don't want to rush him, but Wilmer Difo is limping along with a .593 OPS and Trea Turner (finger) is still weeks away from returning to the lineup. While the sample is small, Kieboom is putting together a strong case that he's ready for the majors.

April 9, 2019 12:12 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Just misses cycle at Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base for Triple-A Fresno on Monday.

The 21-year-old didn't take long to adjust to his new level of competition. Kieboom's still looking for his first homer, but that shouldn't take long, especially with regular action in the hitter-friendly parks of the PCL. The Nats have made it clear they don't want to rush Kieboom to the majors, even with Trea Turner (finger) sidelined, but as the organization showed last year with Juan Soto, it won't hesitate to pull the trigger if the club has a need and a top prospect proves to be ready for the next challenge.

April 3, 2019 02:40 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Won't get call to replace Turner
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Mike Rizzo said Wednesday that Kieboom won't be promoted from Triple-A Fresno to help the Nationals while Trea Turner (finger) is on the injured list, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

Turner is out indefinitely due to the non-displaced fracture of the index finger on his right (throwing) hand, leaving the team without its everyday shortstop and No. 2 hitter for an extended period of time. Though Kieboom's blend of contact skills and pop would likely make him the best replacement option for Turner from an offensive standpoint, the organization wants to work on his defense at both middle-infield spots at Fresno before he gets the call to the big leagues. As a result, the Nationals will cast their lot at shortstop with Wilmer Difo for now, while Adrian Sanchez will handle the super-utility role that Difo previously filled.

April 2, 2019 12:52 PM
Nationals' Carter Kieboom: Bound for Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kieboom will open the season at Triple-A Fresno, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports.

A shortstop by trade, Kieboom is expected to see time at both middle-infield spots in his first taste of Triple-A. Though he only managed five home runs in 273 plate appearances at Double-A Harrisburg a season ago, Kieboom still projects as an impact bat who's capable of providing at least respectable power production to go along with a decent average in peak years. If he's able to hold his own at the plate in Fresno, he should debut with the Nationals at some point in 2019.

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