Carter Kieboom and Ben Braymer, the Washington Nationals’ Minor League Player of the Year and Co-Pitcher of the Year, respectively, will represent the organization tonight out West in the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game.
The 2018 AFL Fall Stars Game is being broadcast live at 8:00 PM EDT on the MLB Network and is streaming on MLB.com.
Kieboom, 21, is the Nationals’ first round pick (No. 28 overall) in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft, selected out of Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia.
Over 123 games and 558 plate appearances at High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018, Kieboom put up a .280/.357/.444 line with 31 doubles, a triple, 16 home runs, 69 RBIs, 58 walks, nine stolen bases, and 84 runs scored, finishing the season ranked first in the Nats’ minor league system in runs scored (84), second in doubles, second in RBIs, third in hits (138), home runs, and walks (58), and fourth in slugging percentage and OPS (.801).
After a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, Kieboom is 14 for 39 (.359/.468/.462) over his last 10 heading into the Fall Stars Game, with hits in six of his last 10 and three-hit games in four games over that stretch, leaving him with a .308/.455/.423 line, a double, triple, home run, 13 walks, and 12 Ks in 14 games played in the so-called finishing school for the game’s top prospects.
Kieboom is starting at short and batting sixth for the East Fall Stars tonight:
East Fall Stars Starting Lineup:— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) November 2, 2018
☀️Jahmai Jones 2B
♂️ Daulton Varsho C
Pete Alonso 1B
♂️ Monte Harrison CF
Taylor Trammell LF
♂️ Carter Kieboom SS
☀️ Daz Cameron RF
☀️ Bobby Dalbec 3B
♂️ Pavin Smith DH
Forrest Whitley SP
First pitch 5:08 p.m.
Braymer, 24, shared Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors with 2017 1st Round pick Wil Crowe.
The 2016 18th Round pick out of Auburn pitched at Low-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac in 2018, putting up a 2.28 ERA, 34 walks, and 118 Ks in 28 games (11 starts) and 114 2⁄3 IP, with the Nationals noting in the press release on the Minor League awards that he held opposing hitters to a .219 AVG, “including a .174 average by left-handed batters.”
In six games and 7 1⁄3 IP in the AFL, the left-hander has given up five hits, four walks, and six runs (five earned), with a .200 BAA.
Here’s the lineup for the AFL’s West Fall Stars:
Starting Lineup for the West Fall Stars:— Arizona Fall League (@MLBazFallLeague) November 2, 2018
Lucius Fox SS
Keston Hiura 2B
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 3B
Cavan Biggio LF
Cristian Pache CF
Evan White 1B
Keibert Ruiz C
Luis Robert DH
Estevan Florial RF
Nate Pearson SP
First pitch 5:08 p.m.
The action gets underway tonight at 8:00 PM EDT, and as mentioned above, you call follow along live on the MLB Network and on MLB.com.