Washington Nationals: District On Deck’s 2017 Top 10 Prospects List
By Ricky Keeler
6. Carter Kieboom
The Washington Nationals had two first round picks in last year’s draft. One of them (Dane Dunning) is now in the White Sox organization. The first of the two first round picks was Spencer Kieboom’s brother, Carter.
Kieboom spent the 2016 season in the Gulf Coast League. In 36 games, he had a slash line of .244/.323/.452 with four home runs and 25 RBI’s while playing 31 of those 36 games at the shortstop position. He had seven multi-hit games, including three three-hit games.
Right now, the 19-year-old shortstop is ranked number three on MLB Pipeline’s rankings. Here is some of what they had to say on Kieboom:
"“Kieboom has the actions, soft hands and solid arm strength to continue playing shortstop in pro ball, though some scouts believe he’ll eventually end up at third base, or possibly even behind the plate. He’s also capable of switch-pitching, not that the mound will be part of his future at the next level.”"
It’s going to take a while for Kieboom to make the big leagues as he has yet to play full season ball. But, despite playing only 36 games, he is ranked very high in the Washington Nationals farm system. Now, with Trea Turner back at shortstop, Kieboom may have to find another position down the road.
Even if he has to play a new position, his four home runs in the GCL were third on the Nats and one behind a player who you will see later on our top ten and he led the team in triples (four).