Friday, June 15, 2012

Round 5: Spencer Kieboom, C, Clemson

(Jeff Blake/The State)
Clemson Bio

Sean's one sentence analysis: Kieboom's defense is much better than his offense at this point, but don't sleep on his ability to make contact with the bat.

Pre-draft rankings:
18th in Baseball America's top South Carolina prospects

Thoughts from the community:
Hit .265/.337/.343 in his 3 year career at Clemson with an impressive 47/37 BB/K ratio. Known as an excellent defensive catcher, Kieboom threw out 31% of would-be base stealers, with only 6 errors and 4 passed balls in his career.

"A team that thinks Kieboom can handle the bat may roll the dice on him as he is a sound defender with a good arm." - Baseball America

"We thought Spencer was the best defensive catchers in the country. He hit very well during ACC play. He's a workhorse." - Nationals assistant GM Roy Clark (via @NationalsPR 1 and 2)

"The Nationals should be able to push him aggressively to High-A by the end of the 2013. He’s a quality defensive catcher with a chance to be a true plus behind the dish, and if you believe in the upside of his simple, compact swing, he could be more than just a backup." - Mark Anderson, Baseball Prospect Nation, 6/11/12

"Good defensive tools have blossomed and he is now considered a plus thrower and plus defender; has a ready for the National League 8-hole hitter approach – smart enough hitter to know when not to swing when the pitcher is pitching around him." - Rob Ozga, Baseball Draft Report, 5/13/12
Kieboom signed for a $200,000 bonus, which is $33,400 below the slot recommendation for the 174th overall pick.

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