Washington Nationals: Five Impact Prospects For 2019
By Monty Taylor
Carter Kieboom, SS/2B
Okay, so we had to build at least a little suspense. Like previously stated, with Soto and Fedde graduating from prospect status, the Nationals don’t have any exciting MLB-ready prospect beyond Robles. But young shortstop Carter Kieboom, who should’ve been a longshot to get called up prior to September this season, continues to impress wherever he goes. Like Soto a year ago, Kieboom could force himself into the big leagues with his consistent performance combined with injuries at the MLB level for the Nats.
With Trea Turner already injured with a fractured finger and Brian Dozier struggling massively to start the year, many fans have called for Kieboom. With the ability to play either shortstop or second base, the Nats’ second-ranked prospect probably projects as a second base long-term due to Turner’s presence at short.
Everyone got a taste of Kieboom’s ability during Spring Training and he did not disappoint. The twenty-one-year-old showed off his power in the Grapefruit League and hit .279 with three homers, three doubles, and 9 RBI in 25 games. To start the season, the Nationals sent him to AAA Fresno where he will continue to play shortstop for the time being.