ProToppers Primer: Kes Carter begins Arizona Fall League


I know what you’re thinking; Fletcher, it’s Tuesday. Why in the world are we having a ProToppers Primer on a Tuesday?! Well, my good friends, it’s because we finally have a ProTopper in action today that isn’t playing on a weekly basis, and therefore, we get more updates! Yay!

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Today begins the Arizona Fall League, which allows for teams to designate prospects of various levels to one of six teams and play around a month-long schedule to keep them going and extend their season. Some teams assign players who they feel are ready to make the next jump and the teams need this final test to affirm the teams’ beliefs. For others, it’s a last resort of sorts, and teams want to make sure their guy is worth keeping around. Unfortunately, by the sound of

this RaysRadio blog post

, this seems to be the case for our ProTopper,

Kes Carter

"Placing a player in the AFL may also accelerate their development by putting that player against some terrific prospects. In Carter’s case, while he is eligible for the Rule V draft, I don’t think he would be claimed if he’s not protected, unless he is one of the AFL’s best players."

Carter split time this year with high-A Charlotte (the step right above the Bowling Green Hot Rods) and double-A Montgomery. In 2014, Kes played 117 games and finished the year with a .235 batting average and .674 OPS, finishing with five home runs, 44 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

Carter is a member of the Peoria Javelinas, along with seven other Rays farmhands. The Javelinas will open the AzFL with the Surprise Saguaros in just a few minutes.