As the Minor League Baseball season is about to begin, we have another brother team to watch this season. Brothers Spencer and Carter Kieboom are both in the minors for the Washington Nationals: Spencer in Harrisburg, Carter in Fresno. Recently, the Washington Post wrote a great piece about the brothers and their baseball family.
We’ve been hearing about Spencer, 28, since 2012 when the Nats selected him in the 5th round of that year’s MLB Amateur Draft. Spencer spent half of 2017 and one month in 2018 with then then-AAA affiliate of the Washington Nationals, the Syracuse Chiefs. On May 19, 2018, we was called up to the Washington Nationals, where he played 52 games, hit 13 home runs and had a .232 batting average. Carter, 21, was drafted by the Nationals in the first round of the 2016 draft. Last year, he spent the first half of the season with the single-A Potomac Nationals before being promoted to the double-A Harrisburg Senators.
Lest we worry that Spencer is regressing by being sent to double-A this year, MASN Sports reported that several players (including Spencer, Joe Ross, and Erick Fedde) are starting the season in Harrisburg because “the organization wants to keep a few experienced players closer to Washington in case a last-minute call-up is needed.” Hopefully this will be the case. The Bowie Baysox open their season at Harrisburg this week, and then host Harrisburg for their home opener on April 11. So, we should at least get to see Spencer in action soon.