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Bill Ladson

Shortstop Kieboom is Nats' first pick in Draft

Infielder's older brother is a catcher and among club's top prospects

Shortstop Kieboom is Nats' first pick in Draft

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals don't mind having family members with the same last name in their organization. On Thursday, the club added a second Kieboom during the 2016 MLB Draft by selecting infielder Carter Kieboom with the 28th overall pick in the first round.

He is the younger brother of Spencer Kieboom, a catcher ranked as the Nats' No. 21 prospect by MLBPipeline.com.

29th overall: Dane Dunning

Carter Kieboom, who is from Marietta, Ga., was a compensation pick for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who signed with the Tigers last offseason. Kieboom is a right-handed hitter who is known to be an above average defender at shortstop. Most importantly, he could become a power hitter in the future. According to assistant general manager Kris Kline, the Nats don't see him switching to another position.

58th overall: Sheldon Neuse

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com preview show begins at 12:30 p.m. ET, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 1 p.m. ET.

"He is a very athletic, physical shortstop," Kline said. "He has advanced approach to the plate. He has very good tools. He is going to be a real good big leaguer, good makeup. He has a really good feel for the game. He is a baseball player."

According to MILB.com, Kieboom had the best at-bats in the Under Armour All-America Game in July, including an opposite-field single against a 98-mph fastball from Riley Pint, the top-rated high school right-hander and the No. 4 overall pick in the Draft by the Rockies.

Kieboom is the first shortstop to be selected by the Nationals in the first round since Anthony Rendon in 2011.

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 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.