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

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21 minutes ago, murph said:

Not sure what to make of Kjerstad throwing the first basemen to the ground on the first play.  The first baseman was not giving him access to the bag, but not sure that warranted the shove.   Although the Texas players didn't seem to upset about it surprisingly.   I was expecting the benches to empty.   Niche highlight reel regardless.  


Kjerstad as his bat flip down already as well, so there is that. 

He's a shorthorn probably deserved it haha. There's no love lost for Arkansas when it comes to Texas.

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Thank you for the video. I generally “scout” high school players and really hadn’t watched that much of him but he really has a sweet swing. His outfield play isn’t amazing but much better than we have marched out their since Markakis wasn’t resigned. Man that is a great swing!  I know I have said this before, but I was told 15-20 years ago that when you draft, you don’t want the 16 year old with a full beard because he is already peaking maturely but a 20 year old that can’t grow a beard has more to grow into. Not every gm goes with that, but this kid looks like a kid and has room to grow. Also with that logic, they haven’t peaked performance wise.  Physically I can see him turning into a Manny Ramirez body type(let’s hope he has that kind of career without whatever). Also why I like Rutschman, baby face with room to mature into a projectable body type. He reminds me of a Buster Posey at the same age. 
Great job on this pick. I was never sold on Martin or Torkleson 

(If any Os exects want to employ me, reach out and send me to Cuba!)😉

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On 6/12/2020 at 1:52 PM, Number5 said:

30 hits in 16 games!  Holy smokes.  Hits the ball hard to all fields.  I tell you what, watching him run, he doesn't look like the lumbering oaf some on this board would have you believe he is.


On 6/29/2020 at 3:07 PM, gohogs14 said:

Someone made a career college highlight video of him FWIW. Hadn't seen it posted:


I think he could be a Max Kepler clone.



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