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Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Topic Start: July 24, 2014, 11:19:51 PM »


Spencer John Kieboom
https://twitter.com/KieBOOM22

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 220 lb.

Born: March 16, 1991 in Marietta, Georgia, US (Age 23.130)
High School: Walton HS (Marietta, GA)
School: Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Clemson University (Clemson, SC).

Currently playing at Hagerstown where through 62 games / 242 PAs he's put up a .331 / .359 / .525 slash line with 6HRs and 2 SBs.  Reports are that he's got a short, compact swing, and is someone to keep an eye on.  His ascension could be a large part of the reason why the Nats left Adrian Nieto unprotected in last year's Rule 5 draft.  He had TJ in early 2013 and appears to be fully recovered.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #1: July 24, 2014, 11:27:05 PM »

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #2: July 25, 2014, 08:45:23 AM »
Notes from July 10 by Jeff Moore, BP:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24109
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Spencer Kieboom, C: Advanced approach for Low-A ball, but old for the level; starts with a slightly open stance and good rhythm at the plate; swing path is flat and has average bat speed; does a nice job of using the whole field and understands how to drive the opposite field (RCF) gap; some pitch recognition issues with changeups and is extremely aggressive at the plate, which could get him into trouble; front foot bails out slightly which can give him issues on fastballs on the outer half; defensively sound behind the plate with a strong arm; threw a runner out from his knees; has some work pitch recognition and plate discipline but it’s an interesting combination of bat-to-ball skills and arm strength for a catcher.

And from July 20, also from Moore:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24198
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Spencer Kieboom, C, Nationals (Hagerstown, A-): 2-5, R, 2B, HR, K. With a tremendously great name, it’s easy to like Kieboom, but he also has a few things to offer that aren’t on the back of his jersey. The free-swinging Kieboom will get himself out a lot, but when he makes contact, he features better power potential than most catchers. He’s still learning how to drive the ball over the fence with regularity, but the doubles power is legitimate and could be a sign of things to come.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #3: July 25, 2014, 08:50:56 AM »
Notes from July 10 by Jeff Moore, BP:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24109
And from July 20, also from Moore:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=24198

He's old age wise but not baseball wise. Drafted in 2012 then missing all but a couple of games due to UCL replacement last year puts him on track in the Sally League.


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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #4: July 25, 2014, 09:10:28 AM »
Awesome name though

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #5: July 25, 2014, 09:43:52 AM »
What is his actual nickname?  We can play around with "Boom Boom" or "Goes the dynamite,"or rif on his first name and call him Spencer for Hire, but I'm guessing this guy has a nickname already.  It would be cool if his nickname wasn't based on his name, and it was something like Death Grip.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #6: July 20, 2016, 05:14:52 PM »
.239/.327/.321 in AA. Nothing new on his skills behind the plate, but we've gotta hope his younger brother is better

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #7: July 21, 2016, 08:58:09 PM »
.239/.327/.321 in AA. Nothing new on his skills behind the plate, but we've gotta hope his younger brother is better
He does make alot of contact tho. Doesnt strike out much at all. This year that has been way up unfortunately

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #8: July 21, 2016, 10:19:25 PM »
He does make alot of contact tho. Doesnt strike out much at all. This year that has been way up unfortunately

Those numbers aren't far off of what Molina is putting up this year, and they blow away Norris.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #9: July 21, 2016, 11:33:46 PM »
A AA catcher cannot seriously be compared to a guy in the majors... You're joking?

While a bat's not the end all, be all for a catcher, he was never really known to be a strong defensive catcher, so there's that. He's on the 40-man still. He'll get the call in Sept. if he's healthy.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #10: July 22, 2016, 12:24:21 AM »
A AA catcher cannot seriously be compared to a guy in the majors... You're joking?

While a bat's not the end all, be all for a catcher, he was never really known to be a strong defensive catcher, so there's that. He's on the 40-man still. He'll get the call in Sept. if he's healthy.
Usually you have a 4th catcher on the 40man just in case one gets hurt. I dont think he will get the call. Probably only see Severino.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #11: July 22, 2016, 09:14:12 AM »
Usually you have a 4th catcher on the 40man just in case one gets hurt. I dont think he will get the call. Probably only see Severino.

Nah, everyone on the 40-man that's healthy gets the call in Sept., even if they don't play. Doesn't make any sense not to. Could be an important competition for backup C next year, since Loby is awful.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #12: July 22, 2016, 09:43:51 AM »
A AA catcher cannot seriously be compared to a guy in the majors... You're joking?

While a bat's not the end all, be all for a catcher, he was never really known to be a strong defensive catcher, so there's that. He's on the 40-man still. He'll get the call in Sept. if he's healthy.

just pointing out his offensive numbers aren't terrible.   I haven't seen him since last year at Potomac where IIRC he batted clean-up, I don't know how the club views his defensive skills.  He's 25 though, so definitely short on time.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #13: July 22, 2016, 09:47:15 AM »
just pointing out his offensive numbers aren't terrible.   I haven't seen him since last year at Potomac where IIRC he batted clean-up, I don't know how the club views his defensive skills.  He's 25 though, so definitely short on time.

Sure, if they translated to the majors exactly the same. If so, then it's passable, especially with great defensive skills like Molina.

Not sure why it hasn't caught up with catchers (as far as young guys coming up earlier), but 25 isn't that late as a C prospect. You'd hope he's feeling out how to handle pitchers (Giolito and him are best buds -- not that means anything for on-field performance, but who knows), and getting a shot to sit next to Ramos/Loby/BP catchers for a month in Sept. is a huge plus.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #14: July 22, 2016, 09:54:00 AM »
Sure, if they translated to the majors exactly the same. If so, then it's passable, especially with great defensive skills like Molina.

Not sure why it hasn't caught up with catchers (as far as young guys coming up earlier), but 25 isn't that late as a C prospect. You'd hope he's feeling out how to handle pitchers (Giolito and him are best buds -- not that means anything for on-field performance, but who knows), and getting a shot to sit next to Ramos/Loby/BP catchers for a month in Sept. is a huge plus.

definitely.  there's no downside to calling him up except for making the clubhouse and dugout more crowded. :)

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #15: July 22, 2016, 09:59:32 AM »
definitely.  there's no downside to calling him up except for making the clubhouse and dugout more crowded. :)

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #16: July 23, 2016, 04:42:42 AM »
Nah, everyone on the 40-man that's healthy gets the call in Sept., even if they don't play. Doesn't make any sense not to. Could be an important competition for backup C next year, since Loby is awful.

Backup or starter? We'll need a starter for sure.

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« Reply #17: July 23, 2016, 04:45:13 AM »
definitely.  there's no downside to calling him up except for making the clubhouse and dugout more crowded. :)

There is also burning an option. Severiono might get the nod.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #18: July 23, 2016, 05:55:30 AM »
There is also burning an option. Severiono might get the nod.

Option is already used when they don't make the team out of ST

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #19: July 23, 2016, 04:18:54 PM »
Option is already used when they don't make the team out of ST

If on 40 only, right?

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #20: July 23, 2016, 07:18:04 PM »
If on 40 only, right?

Yeah, but Kieboom is on the 40-man. Got added to protect from Rule V

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #21: July 24, 2016, 04:36:42 AM »
Yeah, but Kieboom is on the 40-man. Got added to protect from Rule V

Right and you can only play that game for 3 years. Got it.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #22: August 05, 2016, 10:36:44 AM »
.227/.310/.314 in 255 ABs now.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #23: September 27, 2016, 06:39:15 PM »
Got the call.

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Re: Follow the Prospects: Spencer Kieboom, C
« Reply #24: September 27, 2016, 07:31:24 PM »
Any chance he gets to play?