Carter Kieboom added to (F)all Star roster

Scouting and farm directors from every major league organization, in consultation with the Arizona Fall League, selected the players for the annual showcase that pits top prospects from the Fall League’s East Division and West Division.

One of the many talents that have been added to the All-Star roster of the Arizona Fall League is Dutchie Carter Kieboom. Sure Carter is an American born infielder, but his father was born and raised in the Netherlands and played baseball in that country before moving to the USA.

So far, Kieboom ranks 22nd in batting average (.310) in ten games with the Salt River Rafters. In his first four games, Carter didn’t see the ball well as he went 0 for 10 but ever since he is 11 for 23 (.478).

Carter split the 2018 season between A Advanced and AA. With the Potomac Nationals (A Advanced Carolina League), he hit .298 with an OBP of .386 and an SLG of .494 with eleven home runs and fifteen doubles. The #2 prospect of the Washington Nationals was promoted to AA after 61 games. In the Eastern League with the Harrisburg Senators, Kieboom hit .262 with an OBP of .326 and an SLG of .395 with five home runs, a triple and sixteen doubles. Afbeeldingsresultaat voor Arizona Fall League

According to, Carter was the #37 overall prospect for 2018.

Carters older brother, Spencer, also spent time in the AFL. In 2014 he was on the roster of the Mesa Solar Sox and in 2015 he also played for the Salt River Rafters.

Carter and his fellow talented players will appear in the AFL All-Star Game on November 3. The game will start at 8.08 PM (ET) and will be played at Surprise Stadium.

3 Replies to “Carter Kieboom added to (F)all Star roster”

  1. I didn’t say you were one of those claiming the “AA” silliness.

    As to your last paragraph, I fully acknowledge your history of trying to wake up european baseball. My apology for failing to exempt you from the trend. I feel badly about that. Please keep up the good work.


  2. If a guy was born in America, then moved to The Netherlands at age 2, and later grew up to be a soccer star for Ajax, would you not find it absurd for us to say one of your best players was an American?

    A major problem with European baseball — especially the Dutch — is your focus on taking a grain of sand and trying to turn it into a baseball empire.

    American baseball people get quite a chuckle from the Dutch claim that your Hoofdklasse is equal to AA baseball in the US minor leagues (2 levels from the Big Leagues). I’ve coached 40 years in the US, coached in The Netherlands, sent US college alums to play in Europe (including The Netherlands), and coached Dutch kids in US junior colleges. Having watched the Hoofdklasse, let me assure you they are IN NO WAY comparable to AA ball, let alone top-50 NCAA teams. The truth is that the Hoofdklasse champion would not win a top California junior college league one year in 10.

    If anyone in Holland thinks the above statement unfair, it is because of the myths the Dutch & European baseball people create. Whoever started the “good as AA” myth was undoubtedly encouraged by some MLB scout who nodded in apparent agreement. Did they know better? Of course. Scouts, you see, are bred to tell ya’ anything you want to hear. Same with scouts in the US. Their prime job is to get enough players to fill up their minor-league rosters while paying them $1,000 a month each. Would any sensible person work for that? Certainly not, so the scouts create unrealistic dreams of MLB stardom in the minds of 35th-rounders. Scouts are con artists.

    The truth is the best comparison is that Dutch baseball is like the tallest Pigmy trying to make the NBA (basketball league). In 100 years of baseball, the 500 million Europeans have brought forth exactly one guy who played a full season in MLB: Maxx Kepler, a .220 hitter with the Minnesota Twins.

    Of course, European baseball is struggling to maintain participants. Just ask your people in Utrecht and at Apeldoorn Robur (in its time a successful, well-managed club).

    So, let us understand: Carter Kieboom’s success in the AFL has everything to do with his growing up in the intense youth environment of Atlanta, Georgia, and nothing to do with his having born in The Netherlands.


    1. I never said anything you are talking about. Perhaps only two teams may, I repeat may come close to AA level but likely it will be more to A-Advanced. The rest of the hoofdklasse is about A Full Season or rather A short and perhaps even high rookie level.
      When it comes to players from Europe you are forgetting a few. Bert Blyleven. Rynie Wolters and John Houseman but the last two played in the Bigs more than 100 years ago. Jack Lelievelt is also one of those. He played his last game in the bigs in 1914, so a bit closer.
      You don’t have to tell me about the situation Dutch baseball is in. I am very well aware that the number of players is declining every year.


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