Bill Ladson

Nats send high-potential catchers to Minor League camp

Prospects Severino, Kieboom each had one Spring Training at-bat

Nats send high-potential catchers to Minor League camp

VIERA, Fla. -- The Nationals had another round of cuts Friday morning, sending catchers Pedro Severino and Spencer Kieboom to Minor League camp.

The two backstops needed at-bats, which would not be easy to come by on the Major League side. Severino, the Nats' No. 11 prospect according to, and Kieboom (ranked at No. 20) were only able to get one at-bat each.

"Both of our young catchers that we sent out today have bright futures," manager Matt Williams said.

Severino advanced to Class A Advanced Potomac last season, hitting .247 with nine home runs and 36 RBIs in 94 games. Kieboom is coming off a productive season with Class A Hagerstown, where he hit .309 with nine home runs and 61 RBIs in 87 games. He was named a South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star and a Organization All-Star.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.