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Re: Follow the Prospects: Carter Kieboom, 3B/SS
« Reply #175: February 12, 2020, 04:37:58 PM »
FG's top 100 - he's #21.

21. Carter Kieboom, SS, WSNVideo
Drafted: 1st Round, 2016 from Walton HS (GA) (WSN)
Age   22.4   Height   6′ 2″   Weight   190   Bat / Thr   R / R   FV   60
Tool Grades (Present/Future)
Hit   Raw Power   Game Power   Run   Fielding   Throw
45/55   55/60   45/55   40/40   40/45   60/60
Not everyone think he’s a shortstop, but Kieboom has all-fields, 30-homer power and will be a fine second or third baseman if he isn’t.

If you’ve enjoyed watching Keston Hiura hit for the last year or so, you’ll enjoy Kieboom, whose hands work similarly in the box. The efficient loop they create as they accelerate through the hitting zone enables Kieboom to hook and lift stuff on the inner half, including breaking balls, and he’s especially adept at driving stuff away from him out to right. This is a special hitting talent who has performed up through Triple-A as a college-aged shortstop, and Anthony Rendon‘s departure opens the door for at-bats right away.

We don’t really like Kieboom at shortstop. He’s a little heavy-footed and his hands are below average. He’s arguably better-suited for second or third base, but one could argue he’s at least as good as Trea Turner is there right now (Kieboom has worse range but can make more throws), so the short- and long-term fit here may be different. Regardless of the defensive home, Kieboom projects as a middle of the order bat with All-Star talent.