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Davey: Kieboom starts at 3B "as of right now" #606380
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Nationals Notes: Kieboom To Start At Third, Denaburg Out, Cavalli In

By TC Zencka | July 4, 2020 at 12:08pm CDT
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Speaking to a handful of DMV-area reporters, Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said that he expects Carter Kieboom to be the starting third baseman, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, and Todd Dybas of NBC Sports were among those reporting. It’s a bit of a surprising revelation from Martinez, as last we heard, Kieboom wasn’t even a sure thing to make the Opening Day roster. At the same time, most projections had the 22-year-old making his play for the hot corner by August, surely, so it might be that not much has changed in terms of organizational outlook. More on this and the other goings-on around Nats’ camp…

One change that might have affected the Nats’ plan for Kieboom, however, was Ryan Zimmerman opting out for the season. Without Zimmerman, there seems to be plenty of at-bats to go around the remaining veteran contingent of Nationals’ infielders. First base should fall to a strict platoon between Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames, while the off-day first baseman is also likely to split time at DH with Asdrubal Cabrera. Starlin Castro, then, would handle second base relatively full-time while occasionally being spelled by either Cabrera or Kendrick. The Nationals tend to let their prospects play full time, so if Kieboom keeps the starting role through Opening Day, he’s likely to get more-or-less the full slate of 60 games to prove he deserves it.

Updating some numbers for us, Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post mentions that the Nationals have about 49-50 guys in camp right now of the 58 currently named to the player pool. That said, the Nats’ are widely expected to add first-round pick Cade Cavalli to their 60-man player pool shortly, per TalkNats. The Nats have a few open spots on their roster now that a number of players have opted out for the season (Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross, Welington Castillo).
As the Cavalli addition presupposes, the Nats have chosen to include most of the organization’s highest-regarded prospects in the 60-man player pool. That group would have included Mason Denaburg, were he not out for the season recovering from offseason surgery, per Stephen G. Mears of TalkNats. The 6’4″ former catcher ranks eighth on the Nats’ top prospect list per Baseball America. He was the Nats’ top draft choice in 2018, though he’s managed just 20 1/3 innings of pro ball since then.


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Re: Davey: Kieboom starts at 3B "as of right now" [Re: SilverFox1] #606390
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Hope for the best with Kieboom, the other guys are really going to have to step up to make up for the loss of Rendon.

Re: Davey: Kieboom starts at 3B "as of right now" [Re: SilverFox1] #606403
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I think that means "unless he bombs out completely."


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Re: Davey: Kieboom starts at 3B "as of right now" [Re: SilverFox1] #608305
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I just read on Reddit that the formula for service time this season is active days * 186 / 66, so that Kieboom will qualify for a year of service time with 24 more days in the majors. The expectation is that he will be brought back up after 9/24. Smart move by the Nats, it would be one thing if he was raking, but why waste the extra year when he's about to drop below the Mendoza line.

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Two articles out today about the status of Kieboom at third. Zuckerman recapped the status as of last season, a highly promising prospect who performed well in the minors disappointed in the majors, but he's still young. Noting the big vote of confidence from Mike Rizzo in not signing anyone who would be expected to challenge for the starting spot:

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there’s little indication Rizzo aggressively pursued anyone else, making only token inquiries on a few potential free agents or trade targets just in case the price was right.

https://www.masnsports.com/national...orylines-another-chance-for-kieboom.html

The Talk Nats blog posted info from an anonymous source that the groin injury reported last year was more serious than originally made public. Which makes sense based on Kieboom's drop off in production and the fact that teams routinely downplay the full impact of an injury. The good news is that Carter is reported to be back to full strength so one way or the other we'll see if he's truly ready for the big leagues.

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A #Nats source told us on a condition of anonymity that Carter Kieboom played on what was thought to be a strained groin during the 2020 season and it turned out he was playing with a GROIN TEAR which explains the lack of power, hitting struggles, issues running, etc.

https://www.talknats.com/2021/02/14/mystery-carter-kieboom-will-perform-story-groin-injury/

Re: Davey: Kieboom starts at 3B "as of right now" [Re: SilverFox1] #615405
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Rizzo wouldnt be 100% satisfied with the current 3b position if he was checking in on FA's if "the price is right".

Kieboom has struggled at the plate in the majors even without a groin tear. Not sure that his high K rate last year can be totally blamed on a groin tear.


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From Jessica Camerato:

Kieboom is among the players the Nationals optioned Triple-A today:

LHP Sam Clay
RHP Kyle McGowin
INF Luis GarcĂ­a
INF Carter Kieboom
OF Yadiel Hernandez

Selected to the Major League Roster:
INF Jordy Mercer
INF/OF Hernán Pérez

Designated for Assignment:
INF Jake Noll

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Tough break for Kieboom, but not too worried about it. Deducting Thames and Suzuki and adding Avila, Bell, and the return of Castro and Zimmerman is a net gain for our IF.


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Originally Posted by SilverFox1
[b]That group would have included Mason Denaburg, were he not out for the season recovering from offseason surgery, per Stephen G. Mears of TalkNats. The 6’4″ former catcher ranks eighth on the Nats’ top prospect list per Baseball America. He was the Nats’ top draft choice in 2018, though he’s managed just 20 1/3 innings of pro ball since then.


Nats announce Mason Denaburg to have Tommy John surgery. Drafted in 2018, the kid has barely played. Makes Nick Johnson look like an Ironman.


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Not a great draft history under Rizzo, other than when he had top ten picks.

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