Victor Robles and Juan Soto were the only Washington Nationals’ prospects to crack either Baseball America or ESPN’s Keith Law’s list of the Top 100 prospects for 2018, but they were joined on MLB Pipeline’s list by 20-year-old, 2016 Nats’ first round pick Carter Kieboom.
Selected out of Walton High School in Marietta, GA with the 28th overall pick in the ‘06 Draft, Kieboom, a shortstop whose brother Spencer was a 2012 5th Round pick by the Nationals, was described by Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo as a, “slick fielding shortstop that has good range and really, really good hands,” on the day of the Draft, with the Nationals’ General Manager adding that Kieboom, “... really knows the game and [has] great feet and [a] great arm to play the position.”
“He has an advanced approach at the plate,” Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline told reporters, as quoted by CSN Mid-Atlantic reporter Chase Hughes.
“Very good tools with some above average, some solid average. He’s going to be a very good big leaguer. Good makeup. Just has a really good feel for the game. He’s a baseball player.”
Kieboom was 29 games into his second pro season, playing at Low-A Hagerstown in the Nats’ system when he suffered a hamstring injury in May that, combined with another, undisclosed issue, kept him out of action until late July.
90. Carter Kieboom (#Nats)— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 28, 2018
89. Anderson Espinoza (#Padres)
88. Mickey Moniak (#Phillies)
87. Kevin Maitan (#Angels)
86. Adonis Medina (@Phillies)#Top100Prospects
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In 48 games between the Suns, Gulf Coast League Nationals, and NY/Penn League’s Auburn Doubledays, Kieboom posted a solid .297/.396/.493 line with 16 doubles and nine home runs.
Kieboom was ranked at No. 90 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100, which was released Saturday night.
6. Victor Robles, OF (WAS) pic.twitter.com/yr7zbU5fgi— MiLB.com (@MiLB) January 28, 2018
Joining the Nats’ shortstop prospect on the Pipeline list were Robles, 20, who landed at No. 6 on MLB’s list after he was ranked 5th overall on BA’s list and 4th overall on Law’s list after making his major league debut late last season, and Soto, 19, who landed at 29 on MLB’s list, 56 on Baseball America’s Top 100, and No. 42 on Law’s, after an injury-shortened season of his own in 2017.
30. Kyle Wright (#Braves)— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) January 28, 2018
29. Juan Soto (#Nats)
28. Luis Robert (#WhiteSox)
27. Lewis Brinson (#Marlins)
26. Sixto Sanchez (#Phillies)#Top100Prospects
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Check out the entire list of MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospects for 2018 HERE.