Jump to content
weams

2020 1st round pick (2): Heston Kjerstad - OF - (Junior) (Arkansas)

Recommended Posts

I will also say that if drafting has any analogous features across sports, you should never draft someone (especially on the older side of the draft range) who's problems are mental and situation IQ focused and expect them to get better at said IQ-based issue. You can fix speed, you can fix power, you can fix fielding to an extent. If the issue with Kjerstad is he has spent 21 years going power over everything before a pitch is even thrown it is a deep rooted reflex.

I know this may read weird, but it's the one constant across sports drafts (that I have found.)

 

IQ = awareness of what to do and when.

  • Upvote 1
  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, MountUrCastle said:

I will also say that if drafting has any analogous features across sports, you should never draft someone (especially on the older side of the draft range) who's problems are mental and situation IQ focused and expect them to get better at said IQ-based issue. You can fix speed, you can fix power, you can fix fielding to an extent. If the issue with Kjerstad is he has spent 21 years going power over everything before a pitch is even thrown it is a deep rooted reflex.

I know this may read weird, but it's the one constant across sports drafts (that I have found.)

 

IQ = awareness of what to do and when.

You can "fix power" and "fix speed"?   I would disagree.

  • Upvote 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
23 minutes ago, Orioles1954 said:

From the beginning I thought Kjerstad had the batting makeup of Will Clark, a lot of fellow Hogs fans feel that way as well. WOULD NOT be surprised if the O's select Arkansas infielder Casey Martin at either 30 or 39.

Casey Martin is from near (maybe 10-15 miles) Little Rock. It was a long time ago, but I'm pretty sure that we had real good infielder from Little Rock. I think he may have played third base just before DeCInces. 😁

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
40 minutes ago, Three Run Homer said:

When you have the 2nd pick and you pick a guy ranked somewhere between 7 and 17 (that I've seen), you're taking a big risk.  Hobgood was ranked lower going into the draft (mid to late 1st round) but he was taken with the fifth pick.  

Elias is definitely putting his job on the line here.  

I don't think his job is at risk.  But a fair amount of credibility is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
27 minutes ago, ArtVanDelay said:

I’d rather have Martin than Kjerstad/Bitsko

Bitsko is the big question mark the last time people saw him he was a sophomore in high school.  He reclassified and skipped a year in high school to get into this class as it was rather weak high school pitching class some believed he has stuff to be top high school pitcher coming out had season ran.

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, 24fps said:

I don't think his job is at risk.  But a fair amount of credibility is.

We shall see. I will say this, part of being a good evaluator is seeing what others don’t and exploiting that info asymmetry to your advantage. Jury out on the pick, but tough to immediately judge a pro evaluator with track record in a negative light for breaking against public opinion. 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
24 minutes ago, SteveA said:

You don't have one of those magic scOtt-links that can get MLB network?

No, I don't. 😛 I did for a while but it doesn't work any more.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Greg Pappas said:

FWIW Kjerstad was ranked as the 10 best prospect by MLB.com and 13th by Baseball America.

Pool for #2- $7,789,900

Pool for #10= $4,739,900

Pool for #13- $4,197,300

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

BTW: Important to see what these tool grades mean.

 

Quote

 

Objective Tool Grades

  Tool Is Called Fastball Velo Batting Avg Homers RHH to 1B LHH to 1B 60 Yd Run
80 80 97 .320 40+ 4.00 3.90 6.3
75   96 .310 35-40 4.05 3.95 6.4
70 Plus Plus 95 .300 30-35 4.10 4.00 6.5
65   94 .290 27-30 4.15 4.05 6.6
60 Plus 93 .280 23-27 4.20 4.10 6.7
55 Above Avg 92 .270 19-22 4.25 4.15 6.8
50 Avg 90-91 .260 15-18 4.30 4.20 6.9-7.0
45 Below Avg 89 .250 12-15 4.35 4.25 7.1
40   88 .240 8-12 4.40 4.30 7.2
35   87 .230 5-8 4.45 4.35 7.3
30   86 .220 3-5 4.50 4

 

I couldn't make it smaller, sorry.

  • Upvote 1
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Just now, scOtt said:

No, I don't. 😛 I did for a while but it doesn't work any more.

It's on ESPN 2 tomorrow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, SteveA said:

You can "fix power" and "fix speed"?   I would disagree.

Sorry, I forgot power and speed is gifted to you upon birth, and not a trained asset. 

I know it certainly seems dumb, but I would argue that raw power and foot speed are some of the easiest things to improve upon in any sport.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


Orioles Information


Orioles News and Information

Daily Organizational Boxscores
News

Tony's Takes

Orioles Roster Resource

Orioles Prospect Information

2021 Minor League Depth Chart

2021 Prospect Power Rankings

2020 Top 30 Prospects List

Prospect Scouting Reports

Statistics

2020 Orioles Stats

2019 Orioles Minor League Stats

Baseball Savant Stats






×
×
  • Create New...