Padres return pitcher Jandel Gustave to the Astros

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The Padres have returned pitcher Jandel Gustave to the Astros, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports. Gustave was selected by the Red Sox in the Rule 5 draft in December, was sold to the Royals shortly thereafter, then placed on waivers in late March and claimed by the Padres.

Gustave, 22, has a power fastball that can reach the high 90’s and even 100 MPH at times. However, he has always struggled with control, having walked 146 of 956 career batters faced (15.3%) at the minor league level. Drellich notes that Gustave will report to Double-A Corpus Christi to begin the season.

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.