John Kes Carter
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School Western Kentucky University
- High School Ravenwood High School
Kes Carter was a first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft.
Carter hit .431 wit h25 steals as a high school junior, then improved to .508 as a senior with 36 steals and 23 doubles (most in the state). He was named All-State. The Florida Marlins took him in the 43rd round of the 2008 amateur draft, four rounds after Mikie Mahtook. Both Mahtook and Carter would go on to college instead and be first-rounders in 2011.
Kes hit .383 as a freshman before an injury cut his season short in May. In 2010, the sophomore batted .341 with 53 RBI in 58 games, 14 steals in 17 tries and a .993 fielding percentage. He was named an All-Sun Belt Conference outfielder. The next season, Carter put up a .344/.430/.549 line. The Tampa Bay Rays took him in the first round of the 2011 amateur draft (56th overall) and signed him for a $625,000 bonus. Carter was the 8th of ten Tampa Bay first-rounders that year, following Taylor Guerrieri, Mikie Mahtook, Jake Hager, Brandon Martin, Tyler Goeddel, Jeff Ames and Blake Snell.