Drafted out of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia with the 28th pick in the 1st Round of the 2016 draft, 19-year-old infielder Carter Kieboom, brother of Spencer, a 2012 5th Round pick by the Nationals, was described by Washington’s Assistant GM and Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline as a real “baseball player” with “good makeup” and a “really good feel for the game” last June.
Through 28 games and 121 plate appearances at Low-A Hagerstown this season, the shortstop has a .339/.405/.596 line, 10 doubles, six home runs, 10 walks and 25 Ks.
Kline touted Kieboom’s “advanced approach at the plate,” and added that the infielder had, “very good tools with some above average, some solid average,” who was “... going to be a really good big leaguer.”
Kieboom landed at No. 98 on Baseball America’s updated Top 100 Prospects list when it was released this week.
He was one of four Nats’ prospects to crack the Top 100, along with outfielder Juan Soto (No. 59), right-hander Erick Fedde (No. 48) and outfield prospect Victor Robles, who went from No. 13 overall to No. 9 on the updated rankings.
Soto, 18, who signed out of the Dominican Republic to a $1.5M bonus in July of 2015, was ranked third overall in the Nats’ organization by Baseball America this winter.
Through 23 games and 96 PAs this season, the outfielder has a .360/.427/.523 line with five doubles, three home runs, 10 walks and just eight Ks. Soto injured his ankle sliding into home earlier this month, however, and landed on the Disabled List.
Erick Fedde, is the top-ranked pitcher in the Nats’ organization once Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez (and Dane Dunning) were dealt to the Chicago White Sox this winter.
Fedde, 24, is (2-3) with a 3.16 ERA, a 3.64 FIP, 14 walks (2.95 BB/9) and 35 Ks (7.38 K/9) in 42 2⁄3 innings at Double-A Harrisburg this season.
Fedde impressed in Spring Training with the Nationals, and moved up to No. 48 after he started the season at No. 52 on BA’s list.
Robles, 19, was ranked 13th overall on the Top 100 before the start of the 2017 season, and he’s moved up to No. 9, as the second-highest ranked outfielder on the list, behind only Pittsburgh Pirates’ outfield prospect Austin Meadows.
Over 19 games and 82 PAs at High-A Potomac, Robles, the top-ranked prospect in the Nationals’ system, has a .229/.316/.443 line, four doubles, a triple, three home runs, six walks and 17 Ks.
Check out the rest of BA’s updated Top 100 prospects lists through the link below: