Last week with their first of two 1st round selections, the Washington Nationals picked Georgia high school hitter Carter Kieboom, who according to reports quickly agreed to terms on a contract. After the pick was announced, I reached out to several smart baseball guys to ask their opinion on Kieboom and what type of prospect the Nationals have added to their organization. Fortunately a few were willing to share their thoughts on Carter Kieboom.
“I thought Carter Kieboom was the most impressive hitter I saw at the Under Armour Game last summer and one of the best high school bats available in the draft. I think he’ll grow into some more power too, and even if he doesn’t stick at shortstop I think he’ll profile nicely at third base.” – Jim Callis, MLB.com & MLBPipeline.com
“The Nationals picking Carter Kieboom is more than just a nice PR move with his brother already in the organization. Carter can really swing it. He caught my eye a year ago at PG national and has kept on raking. He has extremely good actions with his upper half with a Rendon-esque bat tip as he strides. Beyond the good actions everything flows well and he avoids the step by step swing tempo that plagues too many amateur hitters. He even shows the ability to adjust his swing on the fly and get his barrel where it needs to be. As he matures physically and makes swing improvements I’m curious to see how the power develops. Carter barrels line drives all over the field and it wouldn’t surprise me if there is a healthy dose of game power still waiting to be unleashed.” – Ryan Parker, Coach at Collin County Baseball Academy, @RA_Parker
“Kieboom is a solid bat speed and approach guy. He has quality hand eye coordination which helps him barrel quality stuff regularly. Kieboom has a quiet setup but an explosive swing and added strength should help him project for some power. His actions and reactions defensively are solid and his range should keep him in the infield at third base. One of the better prep bats for me in this class.” – C.J. Wittmann Jr., 2080Baseball.com
Special thank you to Jim, Ryan and C.J. for their terrific contributions to this piece!