The Chicago Cubs have hired Tommy Hottovy as their new pitching coach.
Hottovy, 37, pitched 17 games for the Red Sox and Royals a few years back. He most recently served as an advanced scout and director of run prevention — which is a thing, apparently — for the Cubs for the past last three seasons. He’ll replace Jim Hickey, who stepped down as the Cubs’ pitching coach after one season due to personal reasons.
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.