Heston Kjerstad: Why The Orioles Drafted Him
Why did the Baltimore Orioles draft Heston Kjerstad with the second overall selection in the 2020 MLB Draft? That is the question that was first and foremost on people’s minds on Wednesday evening.
Baltimore was said to have been reviewing Austin Martin, Asa Lacy and Nick Gonzales, but ultimately they opted to go for Kjerstad.
On its face, the move makes sense.
Kjerstad is extremely polished in many facets of the game and should be able to make a quick impact right off the bat.
At six-foot-three and 205 pounds, Kjerstad possesses the physical prowess necessary to make an impact at the next level.
Beyond that, he has as much power as any left hander and set his school’s home run record in his freshman year. Over the course of his career he recorded 37 home runs in 150 total outings for Arkansas.
Getting Kjerstad means that the Orioles have addressed some needs with a cheap, versatile option. Now they will be able to spend some real money on more important positions before the season commences.