Carter Kieboom's first MLB series did not disappoint

Josh Luckenbaugh
April 29, 2019 - 12:15 pm
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While the Nationals won just one game of their three-game series against the Padres this past weekend, it was a great couple of days for shortstop Carter Kieboom.

With Trea Turner still sidelined due to a broken index finger, the Nats called up Kieboom on Friday for his MLB debut. And it wasn't long before the 21-year old phenom made an impact, Kieboom launching a solo home run in the eighth inning of Washington's 4-3 loss to San Diego. 

Kieboom was at it again on Sunday, hitting a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning as the Nats rallied from a 6-0 deficit to triumph 7-6 in extra innings. That homer also helped make some history, as Kieboom, Juan Soto and Victor Robles became the first trio of teammates under the age of 22 to homer in the same game. 

“Those guys are just special ballplayers,” Jeremy Hellickson told MLB.com's Jamal Collier. “Not letting the moment get to them. They’re just special ballplayers that love to play the game, and they’re not overmatched out there at all. It’s fun to watch those guys.”

“The energy they come out on the field with, how poised they are -- they play with a lot of emotion, but when things get tight, they seem to hone it in and act like they’ve been doing it a long time up here,” added Matt Adams, who hit the walk-off home run Sunday. “It’s really cool to watch and be a part of. I’m thankful we’ve got those three on our side.”

With Turner, Anthony Rendon and now Ryan Zimmerman all dealing with injuries, it will be up to the young guns to keep the Nats offense humming as the calendar flips to May. It was a small sample size, but after his first weekend in the majors, Kieboom looks up to the task. 

"The future is extremely bright, and the present is, too," Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post said on Grant & Danny Tuesday. "These guys are cleary showing they're ready to contribute now, and it's not just a look into the future, it's a look at what this team can accomplish this season."

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