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Carter Kieboom is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
So much for Kieboom being the team's starting third baseman. The 22-year-old top prospect has made just one start this year, back on Saturday as the team's designated hitter. He can be dropped in 12-team redraft leagues.
Carter Kieboom is absent from Sunday's lineup against the Nationals.
Asdrubal Cabrera has now started all three games at third base so far this year. Kieboom was the team's designated hitter on Saturday but doesn't appear to be an everyday player right now. Fantasy owners are encouraged to give it a few more days to see how things shake out, but we might need to move on if Kieboom ultimately isn't playing enough.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez says that both Carter Kieboom and Asdrubal Cabrera will play third base this year.
Well this is a bummer for Kieboom's fantasy owners. Martinez had previously named the 22-year-old the team's starter at the hot corner but appears to be backtracking from that initial statement now. One figures the top prospect will get to play everyday if he starts the season on a hot streak, but this is an important position battle to watch. Kieboom wouldn't be worth owning in 12-team mixed leagues if he is legitimately splitting time.
Carter Kieboom “as of now” is the “starting third baseman,” said Nationals’ manager Dave Martinez.
Kieboom will be the Nationals’ starting 3B and replace Ryan Zimmerman who opted out of the 2020 season. He could lose some at bats to Asdubal Cabrerra, but the 22-year-old will get first crack at the starting gig. Kieboom has upside and is worth a late-round flyer in standard leagues. He slashed .303/.409./.493 with 16 homers, 79 RBI, 79 runs and five stolen bases across 494 plate appearances in Triple-A last season.
Carter Kieboom went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.
Kieboom is being given a chance to win the everyday third base job for the Nationals this spring. However, he is hitting just .222 with a .642 OPS. He could very well begin the season in Triple-A as Washington has a plethora of veteran infield options.