By Michael Marzzacco
Last night the Washington Nationals took part in the 2016 MLB Draft as the first round took place. With their first selection, the 28th overall pick in round one, the Nationals selected someone with a last name that’s very familiar to those who keep up with the Nats prospects.
The Nats selected infielder Carter Kieboom from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. He is the younger brother of Spencer Kieboom, a catcher who is ranked as the Nationals #21 prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Kieboom is a right-handed batter who is considered to be an above average defender at shortstop who’s got great potential at the plate as well. He is the first shortstop selected by the Nats since Anthony Rendon in 2011.
The Nats had the 29th pick in the draft as well and with that pick they selected Dane Dunning, a pitcher from the University of Florida.
As a starter and reliever, Dunning holds a 5-3 record with two saves and a 2.50 ERA in 29 games this season. He struck out 78 batters and walked just 11 as the Gators recently advanced to the Super Regionals of the College World Series. Dunning will continue to pitch for Florida until season’s end.