Rutherford, Kieboom among Sally All-Stars

Host Columbia boasts five players; Lakewood sends four pitchers

Carter Kieboom is batting .333 with 20 RBIs, while Blake Rutherford owns a .280 average in 47 games. (Ken Inness, Tracy Proffitt)

By Danny Wild / | June 6, 2017 9:37 AM

Charleston outfielder Blake Rutherford and Hagerstown shortstop Carter Kieboom can add another accolade to their growing resumes as each were tabbed as South Atlantic League All-Stars on Tuesday.

Rutherford, the Yankees' No. 3 prospect, headlines a Southern Division squad that includes five players from the host Columbia Fireflies. Kieboom, Washington's No. 4 prospect, made the Northern Division team at shortstop, headlining a roster that features four Lakewood pitchers and league home run leader Daniel Johnson of Hagerstown.

The All-Star teams were chosen through voting between Sally League managers and coaching staffs, local media members and front-office executives. The 58th SAL All-Star Game is scheduled for June 20 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Spirit Communications Park and will be streamed live on MiLB.TV.

Rutherford, 20, is batting .280 with a homer, 18 RBIs and nine steals in 47 games this season for the Class A RiverDogs. He's ranked as the No. 32 prospect in baseball, according to

Kieboom, the Nationals' first-round pick last year, is batting .333 with six home runs, 20 RBIs and a .398 on-base percentage in 29 games. The 19-year-old has 21 runs scored but is currently on the seven-day disabled list and unlikely to participate in the midsummer showcase.

The league's top hitter, Asheville's Colton Welker, was selected as the Southern Division's third baseman. The Rockies' No. 13 prospect and 2016 fourth-round Draft pick leads the circuit with a .357 average to go along with six homers and 28 RBIs.

Greensboro's James Nelson, the Marlins' No. 10 prospect who ranks second in the league with a .353 average, is expected to be the Northern squad's starting third baseman. The 19-year-old has four homers, 12 doubles, 19 runs and 24 RBIs this year after Miami selected him in the 15th round last year.

2017 All-Star rosters: SAL Southern Division | SAL Northern Division

Delmarva's Jake Ring, selected as the Northern Division's center fielder, is tied with Columbia's Dash Winningham for the league lead in RBIs with 38. Winningham was chosen as the Southern team's first baseman.

The Lakewood BlueClaws will send four pitchers to the game for the Northern stars, with starters Nick Fanti, JoJo Romero and Ranger Suarez joining reliever Trevor Bettencourt. The host Fireflies boast five All-Stars, including Winningham, pitchers Merandy Gonzalez (Mets' No. 14 prospect) Jordan Humphreys (No. 29), Max Kuhns and second baseman Michael Paez.

Columbia skipper Jose Leger will manage the Southern Division, while Hagerstown skipper Patrick Anderson will lead the Northern Division All-Stars for the third time in four years.

Hagerstown outfielder Blake Perkins, a 2015 second-round pick who leads the league with 51 runs scored, and Greenville's Tyler Hill, a 2016 New York-Penn League All-Star who leads the league with 19 stolen bases, missed the cut.

The name most fans are likely looking for? Tim Tebow. The 29-year-old Columbia outfielder was not chosen for the game after hitting .216 with three homers, 16 RBIs and 11 extra-base hits in his first 47 Minor League games. The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner has 53 strikeouts, 16 walks and owns a .302 OBP in 162 at-bats for the Fireflies.

Danny Wild is an editor for Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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