The Nationals have officially given their second best prospect Carter Kieboom the call to the show. Kieboom was a first round pick in 2016 and has done nothing but hit in the minors.
Kieboom, 21, will take over shortstop for the injured Trea Turner and the light-hitting Wilmer Difo. Since being demoted to AAA to begin the season Kieboom has raked. Kieboom carries a slash line of .379/.506/.636 in 18 games. He’s also added 16 walks to just 20 strikeouts and homered three times while driving in 18.
In spring training Kieboom looked ready for the majors but there was no chance he would make the roster because of how the major league service time system works. Kieboom homered twice off of former Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander.
When Turner went on the IL with a broken finger Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said he that his bat was ready for the majors but his glove wasn’t. The Nationals appear to have gotten desperate as Wilmer Difo hasn’t hit well since taking over short in the fourth game of the season.
In 21 games, Difo carries a slash line of .246/.316/.362 with two homers six RBIs. He only has seven walks to his 17 strikeouts.
Kieboom will likely play short or third depending on the severity of Anthony Rendon’s elbow injury. When Turner and Rendon become healthy Kieboom will likely slide over and play second and replace the struggling Brian Dozier.
The Nationals still need to make a corresponding move on both the 40-man and 25-man roster.