Welcome to The Show, Carter Kieboom

Shortstop Carter Kieboom, or “Baby Boom” as his older brothers call him, is now an official major league baseball player. He has been a highly touted prospect since the Washington Nationals drafted him 28th overall in 2016.

He made his debut on April 26 and started off with a boom. His first MLB hit was a solo home run in the 8th inning. If the 400 foot home run to dead center wasn’t entertaining enough, his adorable parents were having a great time in the stands. He tied the game, but unfortunately, the bullpen melted in the 9th and the Nats lost 4–3.

Kieboom didn’t let that get him down, as he homered again on April 28, in a game the Nats won 7-6. He hit this one about 340 feet down the left-field line. In just five days in the majors, Kieboom is already showing his ability to hit all over the field.  

Kieboom joins outfielder Juan Soto, and pitcher Tommy Milone in the Nats history books as players whose first hit in their MLB debut was a home run. And for bonus points, all three were at home.

Kieboom’s late April debut didn’t come with the same fanfare as a certain top prospect who now plays on a different NL East team but is much appreciated as second baseman Brian Dozier is the only opening day infielder still standing. Third baseman Anthony Rendon has remained sidelined with a bruised left elbow after getting hit by a pitch on April 20, and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 10-day IL on April 28 with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

As of April 30, Kieboom is batting an even .200, with those two home runs and three total hits. He has five strikeouts in 15 at-bats, but it’s a small sample size, so there should be no major concerns yet.

His defense, which was a bit of a concern as he has been playing all over the infield in the minors, has been good so far. He looks comfortable in the infield, even making an on the run play against the LA Dodgers. Kieboom is traditionally a shortstop and has been playing there to replace shortstop Trea Turner who is still out with a broken finger.

The Nats now have three “kids” age 22 or younger in their lineup. Twenty-one-year-old Kieboom has joined 21-year-olds Soto and outfielder Victor Robles in the lineup. And if that wasn’t enough, they all homered in Sunday’s win over the Dodgers. According to Elias Sports, that was the first time any team had home runs from three players age 22 or younger homer in the same game.

Welcome to the show, kid. We’re glad you’re here, and we can’t wait to see what other records you will set.

-Arielle Gordon

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