I will first quote Prospector Itch about Carter Kieboom because I think he’s right on, “Kieboom won’t dislodge Trea Turner from shortstop but could wind up a good big league second baseman. Trouble with that is second base is now a catcher in the rye for mashers with just enough hand-eye to fake it ‘til they make the plays, now that range is mitigated by analytics. Kieboom may never be above average in a fantasy world where Muncies, Hiuras, and McMahons are popping up on the regular. Unless, that is, he finds some stolen bases in his game. Wouldn’t take much. 10-15 can make all the difference these days, just like 10-15 blows to Grey’s head could make all the difference.” Aw, c’mon! Howie Kendrick, hero to all Nationals fans and owner of many International Howies of Pancakes, was manning 2nd base this year with Brian Dozier, but postseason heroics aside, they’re likely gone, and with good reason. That reason being they’re old eh-eff. This opens the 2nd base job for Shawn Carter Kieboom Goes The Dynamite Jr. (Full name.) So, what can we expect from Carter Kieboom for 2020 fantasy baseball?

CK 1 as his parents call him had a year in Triple-A that is so indicative of what I’d expect from him that I kinda want to make it exactly his major league projections for 2020, but let’s see them first after this clunky sentence intro:  79/16/79/.303/5 in 412 ABs. He also hit two homers in his short stint in the majors, including a homer in his debut. A total unfair expectation for him, but he reminds me of middle infidel version of Anthony Rendon. In fairness to Rendon and not Kieboom, Rendon had more speed when he first came up. In fairness now to Kieboom, Rendon took seven seasons to hit more than 30 homers. Before last year, Rendon was a 25-homer, 7-steal, .300 hitter. That sounds a lot like Kieboom once he gets comfortable in the majors. Since I’ve twisted myself into this comparison that I can’t get out of, Rendon had four seasons of 135+ games with only one year where he hit 25 homers before finally making good last year. So, Kieboom could be a 25-homer, 7-steal, .300 hitter this year. Do I think it’s possible? Not especially. Feels like a genie wish, and are you really wasting one of three wishes for a 25-homer middle infidel? To drill down quickly before jogging out of this post, Kieboom had a 20.2% K-rate in Triple, which in today’s game is practically Gwynn-ish, and he had a 13.8% walk rate. He’s basically a three-hole hitter, prolly one that will be better in real baseball than fantasy for a few years, until his 22-year-old frame fills out into a 35-homer hitter in three to four years. Or a shorter span of time if he’s drinking whatever it was Ketel Marte was drinking, which is prolly Ketel. By the way, I didn’t find any decent video of Kieboom, so you’ll have to take my word for it. By the way, Part 2: My Bys By The Way, if you’re doing prospect video and a guy hits a home run, you can edit out the jog around the bases. Any hoo! For 2020, I’ll give Carter Kieboom projections of 52/16/59/.281/4 in 445 ABs. Will be a solid gamble in deeper leagues, but we need to see the Nats commit to him on Opening Day for real excitement, and, even then, a lot of guys have his current profile.

  1. Dave D says:
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    Basically you’re saying that he will be outperformed by the timeless Assdribble Cabrera who will be taken 100 picks later because he lacks the shiny new label.

    • batflix says:
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      outside of a few hot weeks towards the end of the season , Asdrubal was basically trash

      I would wager it would be unwise to draft him at all, never mind 100 picks later

      • Dave D says:
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        Well, in an NFBC DC I might draft him but I haven’t owned him since about 2011.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Asdrubal is trash, hard tough truths!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It could be, but Asdrubal is sooooo *breath* ooooooooo boring

  2. Donkey Teeth

    Donkey Teeth says:
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    Hey Folks,

    Grey’s NFBC league filled quickly so they opened up a 2nd league against me. Unfortunately, you’ll have tougher competition if you join this 2nd league but here’s the link to join if you dare:

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    Slow draft w/ 4 hour clock starts Friday 11/22 at 3pm ET.

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    In short, the RazzSlam will be a rare opportunity for a handful of fans to compete against Grey, Rudy and many other big names in a large industry league. Stay turned for the official announcement in the next few days!

    DT

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, what is this you are talking about, Mr. Donkey?

    • pinkman says:
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      Have you heard about ppl having trouble verifying their identity through Sporthub? I went to create an account and it won’t let me bypass verification. I have a very unique name but it keeps telling me there’s an error and my name may be spelled wrong…

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I had issues at first… Is your email you commented with here your actual email? I can email you and Greg, head of sportshub, and he can look into it, if you want… Let me know

        • pinkman says:
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          I’m getting the error when trying to view my WordPress profile thru Razzball, so I’m not sure what my email address is for this site :/

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            It’s an @protonmail email address

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Radiohead

              • pinkman says:
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                Yeah that should work. Thanks Grey! Who’s better than you?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Nobody!

    • hot corner says:
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      I am all set for league 2. Looking forward to it. By far, the earliest that I have ever drafted.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Nice! Welcome aboard!

  3. Phil says:
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    Kieboom goes the Dynamite!

    Just posting as a thank you for guiding me through the bleak plague known as the baseball off season with consistent baseball postings from Grey and Razzball. Love to read your stuff everyday. Can’t wait for your January rankings and the baseball 2020 season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, No problem! Thanks, Phil! Sung like Tupac, “You are appreciated.”

  4. Big Ticket says:
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    If he hits .280 and keeps a similar walk rate, that means an obp around 380, which makes him a lot more exciting in obp leagues, amiright??

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, agreed

      • Big Ticket says:
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        Nats also feel like the anti-Rockies … good prospects actually get to play! Refresh my memory, who are the actual threats to CK getting regular AB’s?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No real threats right now, but the Nats could sign a vet, bring back Rendon etc

  5. Brujan says:
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    Take him over Brujan?

    Also, something something Mackenzie Gore Vidal Brujan.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, take who? Kieboom?

  6. Schoolboy P says:
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    So he’s Cesar Hernandez with the upside of Jeff McNiel. Lowercase yay :|

    I will keep that in mind on draft day when he goes for $15 on the rookie hype train where everyone is looking for the next Albies

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, that’s a decent comparison, but he will likely have more power than Cesar at some point, maybe not this year tho

  7. Smitty says:
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    Carter looks like he has a path to play and should be a fair contributor. Wish he ran more too.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, same

  8. Chris says:
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    Hi Grey,

    h2h with BB, 14 team league – 7 Keepers
    we have 2 UTL, no CI, no MI.

    I don’t has a 1st and 2nd round pick which were traded last year.

    Which players should I keep out of this group? we have 7 keepers.

    Merrifield
    Story
    Blackmon
    Machado
    JD Martinez
    Urshela
    Kyle Tucker
    Corbin
    Schezer
    Kluber

    we can do off season trades for picks.
    which players should I consider trading?

    thanks,
    Chris

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Don’t keep Urshela, Tucker and Kluber

      Consider trading them

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