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Victor Robles, Carter Kieboom at forefront of Nationals’ position battles

Victor Robles, Carter Kieboom at forefront of Nationals’ position battles

Robles, Kieboom at forefront of Nationals’ position battles originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Once two of the Nationals’ most promising prospects, Victor Robles and Carter Kieboom will spend this spring fighting for spots on the Nationals’ Opening Day roster.

This is new territory for Robles, who’s been Washington’s starting center fielder for Opening Day each of the last three years. Consecutive down years at the plate forced the Nationals to demote him to Triple-A last September and he reported to West Palm Beach looking to show he can bounce back in 2022.

Kieboom, meanwhile, has been in this same position ever since Anthony Rendon departed for the West Coast. He battled Asdrúbal Cabrera for the third base job in 2020 and did the same with the Starlin Castro last year. Both times, the veteran beat him out and he was forced to wait for an opportunity in the minors.

“These are two of our good prospects that both have flashed the aspects of being great players in…

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