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Friday, July 1, 2016
Switch-pitcher Carter Kieboom selected in the 2016 MLB Draft
Kieboom selected in the 2016 MLB Draft
3B Carter Kieboom, Walton High School (GA)
The Clemson commit is said to have good power and hit tools to go with a strong arm from third base (he's actually been a shortstop in high school but he profiles as a third baseman in the pros). There are some good bloodlines here, as Kieboom's brother (Spencer) plays in the Nationals system and yet another brother is playing for the University of Georgia. Carter is known as one of the best pure high school hitters in the draft, especially being singled out for his maturity at such a young age. Oh, and this is an awesome baseball name, no?
Nats go against recent history with early 2016 draft picks
By Noah Frank | @NoahFrankWTOP, June 10, 2016
“Very good tools, from above average to solid average, Kline said. “[He’s] going to be a really good big leaguer.”
The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia batted a solid, if not overwhelming .366 as a senior, but notched an excellent .504 on-base percentage. He hit five homers and stole seven bases, decent numbers in a short high school season that could easily double or even triple in a full season of pro ball. That makes Kieboom something of the anti-Giolito or Fedde, a safe, reliable pick with a higher floor and lower ceiling.
Interestingly, Kieboom also pitched from both sides of the plate in high school, much like history-making hurler Pat Venditte, whom we profiled last season upon his arrival in the Major Leagues. Unfortunately for the ambidextrous pitching enthusiasts among us, it doesn’t appear that we’ll have the chance to see him continue to do so as a professional.