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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Carter Kieboom believes he’s prepared to compete for Nationals’ third base job

And now, for a palate cleanser after the news of the day….

When Carter Kieboom made it to the majors, he announced his presence with authority.

The Nationals’ top prospect batted ninth against the San Diego Padres on April 26 for his MLB debut. Washington trailed 3-2 heading into the bottom of the eighth. Kieboom, just 21 years old, took a hanging slider and hit it to straightaway center field for a game-tying home run.

It was an incredible moment, one Kieboom and his family will look back on and remember for the rest of their lives. However, the game caught up to him quickly. Washington was forced to send him back down to the minors after he posted a .491 OPS with four errors in 11 games.

Despite the demotion, Kieboom wasn’t deterred.

 

QLE Posted: January 14, 2020 at 02:32 AM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: carter kieboom, nationals, prospects

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   1. Bote Man Posted: January 14, 2020 at 09:14 AM (#5915518)
The World Series Champion Washington Nationals head into 2020 (at least at this juncture) with a patchwork infield of veteran has-beens and maybe-will-bes. They lost the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes, perhaps for the best, so the 3B situation remains open. In an interview at their fanfest Saturday GM Mike Rizzo was asked about who would be the Nats third baseman and he answered something like "I'm confident where we are" and the usual non-committal drivel when no answer exists.

Who knows? Maybe they'll strike gold with Kieboom in a roughly similar way to how Juan Soto made them and us forget all about that slugger they used to trot out to RF?

Also, my gut feeling is that we've seen the last of Ryan Zimmerman on an MLB field.
   2. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: January 14, 2020 at 09:24 AM (#5915523)
I will be devastated if someone named Carter Kieboom doesn’t succeed.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 14, 2020 at 09:31 AM (#5915526)
The World Series Champion Washington Nationals head into 2020 (at least at this juncture) with a patchwork infield of veteran has-beens and maybe-will-bes. They lost the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes, perhaps for the best, so the 3B situation remains open.

Counterpoint: they have a player named after a Carthaginian general.
   4. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: January 14, 2020 at 09:45 AM (#5915531)
Seems sort of a waste to use Kieboom at third- I thought his whole prospect vibe was that he could be a good defensive SS or 2B with a good bat for those positions.
   5. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 14, 2020 at 09:53 AM (#5915534)
Seems sort of a waste to use Kieboom at third- I thought his whole prospect vibe was that he could be a good defensive SS or 2B with a good bat for those positions.

3b is equal to 2b on the defensive spectrum, and they're not moving Turner.
   6. Bote Man Posted: January 14, 2020 at 10:25 AM (#5915547)
At last check they have something of a 52-card pickup situation in their infield: Assdribble Cabrera, Howie Kendrick, Carter Kieboom, Starlin Castro(!), Eric Thames. Then the organizational filler of Wilmer Difo, Tres Barrera, Andrew Stevenson, Adrian Sanchez, Jake Noll, and <your name here>. The Nats have made noises that they like their positional flexibility, which means that they've acquired enough veterans to spell each other every couple of days and when the inevitable injuries take them out for a month or so at a time.

Savor that 2019 season, Nats fans! There won't be anything close to a repeat.
   7. Ziggy is done with Dominican discotheques Posted: January 14, 2020 at 10:26 AM (#5915548)
Second and third require different skill sets. Maybe he's got a good arm but has trouble with the pivot?
   8. Esoteric Posted: January 14, 2020 at 11:20 AM (#5915584)
Counterpoint: they have a player named after a Carthaginian general.
Counter-counterpoint: they have TWO players named after Carthaginian generals. Anibal and Asdrubal!
   9. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 14, 2020 at 12:16 PM (#5915630)
Counter-counterpoint: they have TWO players named after Carthaginian generals. Anibal and Asdrubal!

The only way they can lose is if the Mets sign someone named Scipio!

Edit: alas this guy is probably past hime prime.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spinksc01.shtml
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 14, 2020 at 12:36 PM (#5915644)
Edit: alas this guy is probably past hime prime.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/spinksc01.shtml
He's only 72. There's a pretty good chance he would have improved the Mets' bullpen last year.
   11. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: January 14, 2020 at 12:59 PM (#5915658)
He's only 72. There's a pretty good chance he would have improved the Mets' bullpen last year.

Couldn't be worse than Diaz. Collectively RHB hit better against him that Mookie Bett's season line.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: January 14, 2020 at 01:07 PM (#5915664)
Carthiginians couldn't close the deal. Color me unimpressed.
   13. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 14, 2020 at 02:09 PM (#5915684)
From what I saw of Kieboom (key-BOOM) in spring training last year, he never got comfortable, especially in the field. He had a chance to make the team, even be the starter at 2nd base, but the pressure seemed to get to him a bit. He certainly wouldn’t be the first to have that happen, and lots of players need a couple of tries before sticking in the Majors. He’s 22 this season, much too early for the Nationals to give up on him when their own scouting says he can play. That said, the key to the Nationals having a chance to repeat may be Victor Robles stepping up a bit with the bat. Rendon is a big loss, and it will probably take multiple players contributing more to make up for his absence. Robles may have the most to offer there.
   14. Slivers of Maranville descends into chaos (SdeB) Posted: January 14, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5915687)
Sha na na na na na na na na na na na.
   15. Walt Davis Posted: January 14, 2020 at 03:42 PM (#5915719)
I will be devastated if someone named Carter Kieboom doesn’t succeed.

Brother Spencer already failed to stick.

I'm a little surprised to hear of Kaboom at 3B, thought he'd push for 2B. Per Zonk, Castro looked real good in his stint at 3B last year (statcast liked him more at 2B). Anyway, Steamer suggests he's ML-ready but not great (low 90s wRC). Barring a blistering spring, start him at AAA and see how he does (about 3 weeks would reset his clock too). He's only 22, it would be perfectly normal to keep him down until after the super-2 deadline (+3 weeks).
   16. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: January 14, 2020 at 03:51 PM (#5915722)
Sha na na na na na na na na na na na.


The entertainment editor at the small daily where I worked in 1988-1990 in Slidell, La., across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, had been the teenaged lead singer of the Crew Cuts, who charted with Sh-Boom & Earth Angel way back when.
   17. "RMc", the superbatsman Posted: January 14, 2020 at 07:13 PM (#5915790)
I will be devastated if someone named Carter Kieboom doesn’t succeed.

Oh, Drungo LaRue Hazewood, where are you now?

EDIT: He's, um, dead, actually.

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