3B,SS - WSH
According to Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports, Carter Kieboom is the Nationals starting third baseman heading into Spring Training.
Former top prospect, Carter Kieboom has struggled in his limited major league experience. Kieboom totaled two home runs, 19 runs, and 11 RBI with a .181 batting average in 165 plate appearances. His peak season in 2019 at Triple-A, Kiebom smacked 16 home runs with 79 runs, 79 RBI, and five steals with a .303 batting average. If he sticks, he could be a nice source of batting average and power at a corner infield spot.
The Washington Nationals are "definitely" open to trading Carter Kieboom, according to Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic.
This news comes as a bit of a surprise as Nationals manager Davey Martinez gave Kieboom a vote of confidence earlier this month when he said the third base job was his to lose. Perhaps the Nats have seen enough of Kieboom after a disappointing start to his career (.181/.309/.232 batting line over 138 at-bats). It wasn't that long ago that the 23-year-old was considered a top prospect so he should be an attractive piece on the trade market. Ghiroli added that Cade Cavalli and Jackson Rutledge, Washington's last two top draft picks, are not on the table.
Carter Kieboom will get a chance to start at third base, according to Nationals manager Davey Martinez. The job "is yours, but you've got to earn it," is what Martinez said.
This is somewhat encouraging news for Kieboom and a nice endorsement from the Nationals. Kieboom has been a disappointment across 138 major league at-bats with a .181/.309/.232 triple slash line between the 2019 and 2020 seasons. As Davey Martinez stated, he has to earn it, but will likely be given opportunity this spring to earn the job. The Nats aren't ready to throw in the towel on the former top prospect.
Carter Kieboom was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a left wrist contusion.
Kieboom was hit by a pitch in Monday’s contest and diagnosed with a left wrist contusion. He slashed .202/.344/.212 over 122 plate appearances this season. Kieboom will look to fully recover and compete for the starting 3B gig in 2020.
Carter Kieboom (hand) was removed from the Nationals game in the sixth inning on Monday after being hit in the hand by a Zack Wheeler fastball. Kieboom was sent for X-Rays and they came back negative. He has a bone contusion and is considered day-to-day. Look for the Nationals to update his status before their next game.
Kieboom is slashing .202/.344/.212 with zero home runs and zero stolen bases over 100 at-bats this season. He has a .010 ISO and his 85.1 MPH average exit velocity is in the sixth percentile among qualified hitters. Despite the poor showing at the plate this season he has improved in certain areas from last season cutting down on the strike outs while generating more walks. Kieboom is the Nationals top prospect and has likely been hurt by the cancellation of the MiLB season. Owners in dynasty leagues can stick with Kieboom in the hopes that he can turn it around next season.