Nationals agree to terms with 23 players from 2016 First-year Player Draft

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The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with 23 players from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, including their first pick (No. 28 overall), shortstop Carter Kieboom, and second-round pick (No. 58 overall), third baseman Sheldon Neuse.

Kieboom, 18, will begin his professional career in Viera, Fla., playing for the Gulf Coast League Nationals. The standout infielder was considered one of the best prep hitters in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft after hitting .366 (37-for-101) with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 37 RBI, 24 walks, seven stolen bases and 39 runs scored for Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. He posted a .504 on-base percentage and a .644 slugging percentage during his senior season.

The full list of signed players can be found in the press release below.

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One outstanding move that needs to be made in ensure solid strength in the rotation and that is to move Gio Gonzales from being a starter (which he is no longer suited for and down to middle relief.) Room can be made for him by moving Fillepe Rivera down to Triple A where he can regain his confidence. The starting spot can be filled easily by getting Lucas Giolito into that spot where he can start his well deserved Major League career. Of the 3 National League leaders the Nationals are bringing up the rear. This has primarily been due to the sub par performance (in comparison to Gonzales’s team mates) of Gonzales. It is time to move him out of the rotation and begin to kick it into high gear.

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