I will first quote Prospector Itch about Carter Kieboom because I think he’s right on, “Kieboom won’t dislodge Trea Turner from shortstop but could wind up a good big league second baseman. Trouble with that is second base is now a catcher in the rye for mashers with just enough hand-eye to fake it ‘til they make the plays, now that range is mitigated by analytics. Kieboom may never be above average in a fantasy world where Muncies, Hiuras, and McMahons are popping up on the regular. Unless, that is, he finds some stolen bases in his game. Wouldn’t take much. 10-15 can make all the difference these days, just like 10-15 blows to Grey’s head could make all the difference.” Aw, c’mon! Howie Kendrick, hero to all Nationals fans and owner of many International Howies of Pancakes, was manning 2nd base this year with Brian Dozier, but postseason heroics aside, they’re likely gone, and with good reason. That reason being they’re old eh-eff. This opens the 2nd base job for Shawn Carter Kieboom Goes The Dynamite Jr. (Full name.) So, what can we expect from Carter Kieboom for 2020 fantasy baseball?

CK 1 as his parents call him had a year in Triple-A that is so indicative of what I’d expect from him that I kinda want to make it exactly his major league projections for 2020, but let’s see them first after this clunky sentence intro:  79/16/79/.303/5 in 412 ABs. He also hit two homers in his short stint in the majors, including a homer in his debut. A total unfair expectation for him, but he reminds me of middle infidel version of Anthony Rendon. In fairness to Rendon and not Kieboom, Rendon had more speed when he first came up. In fairness now to Kieboom, Rendon took seven seasons to hit more than 30 homers. Before last year, Rendon was a 25-homer, 7-steal, .300 hitter. That sounds a lot like Kieboom once he gets comfortable in the majors. Since I’ve twisted myself into this comparison that I can’t get out of, Rendon had four seasons of 135+ games with only one year where he hit 25 homers before finally making good last year. So, Kieboom could be a 25-homer, 7-steal, .300 hitter this year. Do I think it’s possible? Not especially. Feels like a genie wish, and are you really wasting one of three wishes for a 25-homer middle infidel? To drill down quickly before jogging out of this post, Kieboom had a 20.2% K-rate in Triple, which in today’s game is practically Gwynn-ish, and he had a 13.8% walk rate. He’s basically a three-hole hitter, prolly one that will be better in real baseball than fantasy for a few years, until his 22-year-old frame fills out into a 35-homer hitter in three to four years. Or a shorter span of time if he’s drinking whatever it was Ketel Marte was drinking, which is prolly Ketel. By the way, I didn’t find any decent video of Kieboom, so you’ll have to take my word for it. By the way, Part 2: My Bys By The Way, if you’re doing prospect video and a guy hits a home run, you can edit out the jog around the bases. Any hoo! For 2020, I’ll give Carter Kieboom projections of 52/16/59/.281/4 in 445 ABs. Will be a solid gamble in deeper leagues, but we need to see the Nats commit to him on Opening Day for real excitement, and, even then, a lot of guys have his current profile.

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Chris
Chris
2 years ago

Hi Grey,

h2h with BB, 14 team league – 7 Keepers
we have 2 UTL, no CI, no MI.

I don’t has a 1st and 2nd round pick which were traded last year.

Which players should I keep out of this group? we have 7 keepers.

Merrifield
Story
Blackmon
Machado
JD Martinez
Urshela
Kyle Tucker
Corbin
Schezer
Kluber

we can do off season trades for picks.
which players should I consider trading?

thanks,
Chris

Smitty
2 years ago

Carter looks like he has a path to play and should be a fair contributor. Wish he ran more too.

Schoolboy P
Schoolboy P
2 years ago

So he’s Cesar Hernandez with the upside of Jeff McNiel. Lowercase yay :|

I will keep that in mind on draft day when he goes for $15 on the rookie hype train where everyone is looking for the next Albies

Brujan
Brujan
2 years ago

Take him over Brujan?

Also, something something Mackenzie Gore Vidal Brujan.

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
2 years ago

If he hits .280 and keeps a similar walk rate, that means an obp around 380, which makes him a lot more exciting in obp leagues, amiright??

Big Ticket
Big Ticket
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Nats also feel like the anti-Rockies … good prospects actually get to play! Refresh my memory, who are the actual threats to CK getting regular AB’s?

Phil
Phil
2 years ago

Kieboom goes the Dynamite!

Just posting as a thank you for guiding me through the bleak plague known as the baseball off season with consistent baseball postings from Grey and Razzball. Love to read your stuff everyday. Can’t wait for your January rankings and the baseball 2020 season.

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Basically you’re saying that he will be outperformed by the timeless Assdribble Cabrera who will be taken 100 picks later because he lacks the shiny new label.

batflix
batflix
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

outside of a few hot weeks towards the end of the season , Asdrubal was basically trash

I would wager it would be unwise to draft him at all, never mind 100 picks later

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  batflix
2 years ago

Well, in an NFBC DC I might draft him but I haven’t owned him since about 2011.