This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
There's no stopping the Carter Kieboom train, as the 21-year-old shortstop is mashing at Triple-A Fresno by batting .356/.479/.6576 with two home runs, 14 RBI and one steal through 16 games. Trea Turner could be out until June, and Wilmer Difo is not cutting it right now as the replacement by hitting .237. As a result, Kieboom may force the Nats' hand should they continue to see sparse production from the shortstop position at the big league level. Washington can ill afford to waste at-bats and games in a super competitive division, even in April. As a result, Kieboom's MLB premiere could come earlier than expected - i.e. as soon as the next few weeks.
What other phenoms are making noise? Let's take a look at some prospects on the move in this week's edition of the Minor League Barometer.
Griffin Canning, P, LAA – The Angels need all the assistance they can get in the starting rotation, but help may soon be on the way in the form of Canning. The 22-year-old righty has been lights-out through three starts in the Pacific Coast League, which is known as a hitter's haven. Canning has allowed just one earned run over that span, posting a minuscule 0.56 ERA and 17:2 K:BB in 16 innings while opposing batters are hitting a paltry .224 against. The Angels' starters have begun the 2019 campaign with a 6.13 ERA. They're already dead last in the NL West, so Canning could see the big