White Sox claim J.B. Shuck off waivers from Indians

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J.B. Shuck, whom the Angels traded to the Indians for cash considerations in September, has now been claimed off waivers by the White Sox.

Shuck received Rookie of the Year votes in 2013 after hitting .293 in 129 games for the Angels as a 26-year-old, but his .697 OPS was hardly impressive for a corner outfielder and he fell apart this season while hitting .145.

He also spent a lot time at Triple-A this year, where he hit .320, and Shuck’s track record is such that he could be a decent bench player. But his lack of power figures to keep him from emerging as more than that.

Report: Nationals to call up prospect Carter Kieboom

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Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.

Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.

With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.