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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.
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.