The Washington Nationals announced this afternoon that they will have two prospects in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which takes place on All-Star Sunday at 4:00 PM on July 15th at Nationals Park, with both Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia representing the Nats’ organization in the showcase of the game’s top young talent.
Kieboom, 20, is a 2016 Nationals’ 1st Round pick who’s put up a combined .314/.394/.505 line with 20 doubles and 13 home runs in 77 games and 355 plate appearances between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in the Nats’ system this season, with the team noting in a press release today that MLB.com ranked him as the No. 3 prospect in the organization and Baseball America had him ranked No. 4 before the start of the season.
“His attitude has been fantastic,” his brother Spencer Kieboom, a catcher with the Nationals who’s splitting time with Pedro Severino in the big leagues right now, told us last month.
“For 20 years old, he doesn’t act like a 20-year-old,” Carter’s older brother said, “... mentally and where he stands. I always thought when he got drafted he was kind of the same mentality as I had coming out of college, or even more advanced, and that’s pretty special.”
While his brother’s opinion may be biased, Adam McInturff, of 2080 Baseball, was impressed with what he saw from the Nationals’ prospect as you can see in the scouting report he posted on Twitter today:
#2080ProSide report on #Nationals SS Carter Kieboom, written by @2080adam.— 2080 Baseball (@2080ball) July 6, 2018
Raw Pwr: 50/55
Future Role: 55/High Risk
Full Report:https://t.co/VMlPOimqfn#OnePursuit https://t.co/ALg8Che6Wx
Joining Kieboom in the game will be Luis Garcia, 18, who will represent the Nationals as a member of the World Team in the Futures Game.
Garcia, who signed as a 16-year-old for $1.3M as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2016, entered the 2018 campaign ranked as the 6th overall prospect in the Nationals’ system by Baseball America and was ranked 9th in the organization by MLB.com’s scouts.
In 78 games and 323 PAs at Low-A Hagerstown, the infielder, who’s played short, third, and second, put up a .297/.335/.402 line with 14 doubles, four triples and three homers before he got promoted to High-A Potomac earlier this week.