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Carter Kieboom named Nationals Player of the Year

WASHINGTON, DC (USA) - Washington Nationals has named Carter Kieboom its Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday (September 26). Lefthander Ben Braymer and righthander Wil Crowe will share the Pitcher of the Year Award. Infielder Jake Noll was honored with the Bob Boone Award for the organization's Minor League-player 'who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, determination and work ethic required to play the game the Washington Nationals Way'.

...Carter Kieboom...
(© Photo: Harrisburg
Kieboom, who turned 21 earlier this month, played in Single-A and Double-A this season.

The short stop played in 61 games for Potomac Nationals (Single-A Advanced), hitting .298 (73-for-245) with 15 doubles and eleven homeruns. He scored 48 runs and batted in 46.

In 62 games for Harrisburg Senators (Double-A), Kieboom batted .262 (65-for-248). Amongst his 65 basehits were 16 doubles, one triple and five homeruns. Kieboom scored 36 runs and batted in 23.

With that, Kieboom can look back to a fine season, hitting .280 in 123 games with 31 doubles, one triple and 16 homeruns. In total, he recorded 48 extra-basehits, which gave him a share for the lead in all Nationals Minor League-teams combined. He finished in third place with his 16 homeruns and was second with 69 runs batted in.

This year, Carter Kieboom played in the All-Star Futures Game on July 15, hitting 0-for-2 for the USA Team. On June 20, he was the starting short stop for the Carolina League North All-Stars in the Carolina League All Star Game. In that game, Kieboom was 3-for-5, including a solo-homerun, scored twice and batted in a run.

In October, Kieboom will play for Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.

Carter Kieboom made his professional debut in 2016 when he played in 36 games at the Rookie League-level. Last year, he played in three teams, one in Rookie League, two in Single-A.

Carter is the brother of catcher Spencer Kieboom, who plays professionally since 2012, also in the organization of the Washington Nationals. This year, Spencer plays in his first full season in the Major League after being added to the Washington-roster on May 11. So far, he has played in 50 games for Washington, hitting .227 (27-for-119) with five doubles and two homeruns. Kieboom made his Major League-debut in 2016, playing in one game for the Nationals.

The two are the sons of former Dutch catcher Alswinn Kieboom, who played in the Dutch big league for HCAW in the early eighties. Thereafter, he moved to the USA. Carter's middle name also is Alswinn.

(September 26)

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