ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The Hagerstown Suns, Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, placed shortstop Carter Kieboom on the Disabled List and received shortstop Tyler Beckwith from Extended Spring Training on Saturday.
Kieboom suffered a right leg injury while running through first base in the top of the third inning on Friday night in Rome, Georgia. The 19-year-old shortstop, ranked fourth-best among Nationals prospects by MLB.com, dropped to the ground after trying to beat out a groundball. There was no collision with Rome first baseman Kurt Hoekstra and Kieboom was helped off the field by Suns athletic trainer Don Neidig. He left the game in the middle of the third inning.
Through 29 games this season, Kieboom amassed a .333 batting average, good for seventh overall in the South Atlantic League, and ranked among the top five hitters in home runs (6), slugging percentage (.586), and extra-base hits (16). The Nationals selected Kieboom with the 28th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Kieboom appeared in national headlines and was featured on ESPN's SportsCenter after going 5-for-7 at the plate with three home runs and five RBIs during a record-setting road win for the Suns, 22-4, against the Lexington Legends on April 30.
Beckwith returns to his home state after playing 10 games with the Suns last season. The 22-year-old from Mount Airy, Maryland batted .200 for Hagerstown with three doubles and four RBIs. He began his pro career with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals in 2016, batting .270 in 35 games. The Nationals drafted Beckwith in the 17th round from the University of Richmond where he finished second on the team with 69 hits and 38 RBIs during his senior season.
On Saturday at 6:05 ET, Hagerstown opens a four-game road series against the Asheville Tourists. The Suns lead the SAL in team batting average (.285) and currently sit second in the SAL Northern Division standings with a record of 20-14, trailing the Lakewood BlueClaws by a half-game.
The Suns return home to historic Municipal Stadium in Hagerstown on May 18 to begin a four-game series against first-place Lakewood. For tickets, call 301-791-6266 or visit hagerstownsuns.com.
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