For the second consecutive season, Washington Nationals infield prospect Carter Kieboom has been selected to represent the organization at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Major League Baseball made the announcement earlier today on MLB Network’s “MLB Central.” The 21st SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game features the top Minor League prospects competing as part of All-Star Sunday.
Kieboom, 21, is hitting .316 with 16 doubles, three triples, 13 homers, 57 RBI, 44 walks and 51 runs scored in 60 games for the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. He ranks in the top 25 in all of Minor League Baseball in on-base percentage (25th, .434) and OPS (22nd, 1.034). Among Pacific Coast League hitters, he ranks sixth in OPS, seventh in on-base percentage and is tied for seventh in walks while ranking tied for eighth in slugging percentage (.600).
Washington’s first-round pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft (No. 28 overall), Kieboom is Washington’s top prospect according to MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America. He was rated by Baseball America as the No. 15 prospect in all of baseball in their latest update and MLBPipeline.com cites him as the No. 21 prospect in baseball.
Kieboom made his Major League debut on April 26 against the San Diego Padres. He homered in his first game, a solo shot off Craig Stammen and followed that up two days later with a game-tying solo homer in the fifth inning off Adam Warren. All told, Kieboom appeared in 11 games for the Nationals during his first Major League stint before returning to Fresno on May 7.
The 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will be played at 7:00 p.m. (ET) on Sunday, July 7th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. For the first time in its history, the Futures Game will feature an American League vs. National League format, following the U.S. vs. World match-ups of the last 20 years. In addition, the game will return to a seven-inning format and will follow the All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. Hall of Famer Jim Thome will lead the AL Futures Team, while four-time All-Star Dennis Martinez manages the NL Futures Team.