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Orioles sign first-round pick Heston Kjerstad

Heston Kjerstad
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The Orioles have signed their first-round draft pick, University of Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad. Kjerstad’s contract is for $5.2 million, according to MLB.com.

Kjerstad, a surprise pick with the second overall selection, signed for well below the $7,789,800 slot value.

In three seasons at Arkansas, Kjerstad hit .343 in 150 games. Kjerstad had 37 home runs and 129 RBIs. In his pandemic-shortened junior season, Kjerstad hit .448 in 16 games with six home runs and 20 RBIs.

The Orioles used some of those savings to reach agreements with their fourth- and fifth-round picks, Florida high school third baseman Coby Mayo and Iowa high school right-handed pitcher Carter Baumler.

Mayo’s agreement was for a reported $1.75 million and Baumler’s was $1.5 million. The signings of Mayo and Baumler have not been made official

On Saturday, the Orioles signed Mississippi State infielder Jordan Westburg, their selection in the competitive balance round, the 30th overall pick, for a reported $2,365,500, and their second-round pick, Tulane outfielder Hudson Haskin, for a reported $1,906,800.

The Orioles have slightly over $1 million left to sign Mississippi infielder Anthony Servideo, their third-round selection and only unsigned pick. The slot bonus for the 74th pick is $844,200.

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  1. Orial

    June 30, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Good to see. Now let’s find a way to get these guys playing ball and developing. Heard the Minor Leagues are meeting today to salvage a season of there own. Question Rich–now that Kjerstad’s signed for his $5.2 million is it possible that Martin at #5 will get more than a #2?

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 30, 2020 at 2:54 pm

      Since the slot for No. 5 is $6.18 million, yes it is possible.

  2. dlgruber1

    June 30, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Explain to be how the O’s signed Mayo and Baumler with money saved by the Kjerstad signing when I’d read about their signings while Kjerstad was still unsigned. How does that work?

    • Rich Dubroff

      June 30, 2020 at 3:30 pm

      They drafted Kjerstad with the understanding he would be signed under slot, gruber.

  3. Bhoffman1

    June 30, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Now I see why they picked him . I like it that they had money left to sign all the others. I don’t like it because he wasn’t the second best player in the draft

    • OriolesNumber1Fan

      July 1, 2020 at 12:17 pm

      He was the best left handed hitter in the draft!!!

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    June 30, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Maybe they can now put Kjerstad on the taxi squad along with Rutshman!

    • CalsPals

      June 30, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      See the Tigers signed Torkelson & put him on their roster…hmmm….go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        June 30, 2020 at 8:27 pm

        Hey !! This ISN’T the NFL!!!

    • CalsPals

      July 1, 2020 at 7:29 am

      Dang, you’re right…lol..go O’s…

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        July 1, 2020 at 11:45 am

        Then why don’t you two become Tiger fans??? I heard they could use a couple of crybabies… lol

    • CalsPals

      July 1, 2020 at 7:49 am

      Tigers added two signees to their 60 man roster, Torkelson & their 2nd rd pick, Dingler, a catcher, one of six catchers they’ll have in camp…go O’s…

    • CalsPals

      July 1, 2020 at 7:50 am

      I believe they’re both also playing for the Lions…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        July 1, 2020 at 10:38 am

        Double reverse around 3rd base …

        • OriolesNumber1Fan

          July 1, 2020 at 12:15 pm

          Stipulation for putting a player on the 60 man roster: Removing a player from the 60-man list has consequences, just as it does with the 40-man roster. Once a player is removed from the 60-man list, he can not be added back to that team’s list during the season. HE CAN BE ADDED TO ANOTHER TEAM’S LIST. THIS MEANS HE WOULD BE ON WAIVERS FOR ANY OTHER TEAM TO CLAIM.

    • CalsPals

      July 1, 2020 at 12:54 pm

      Again, names, #1 can’t even remember things he has said…again…sooo easy…go O’s…

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        July 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm

        I told you before like I’m telling you now, you and brr sarcasm and instigating tactics always start this crap and I’ll always finish it!!! You guys stop and I’ll stop. My memory is like a steel trap.

    • CalsPals

      July 1, 2020 at 4:32 pm

      Sooo easy, I’m guessing a rusty steel trap, Boog, can you guess if #1 scouted himself what the report could say, “Easy to break, not mentally tough, can crawl right in his head w/the simplest things…lmao…go O’s…

  5. OriolesNumber1Fan

    July 1, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    That’s your winning line? So, easy. So you instigate trouble and I’m supposed to look the other way. Sounds to me like your the one that can’t take it when it’s thrown back at you! You like to dish it out but can’t take it! Btw, scouting report would say – people that know this guy love this guy. Give you the shirt off his back. Straight shooter but don’t mess with him.

    • CalsPals

      July 1, 2020 at 6:12 pm

      If the shoe fits…go O’s…

      • OriolesNumber1Fan

        July 1, 2020 at 6:21 pm

        Right back at ya.

    • Boog Robinson Robinson

      July 4, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      You know what I can’t take #1? Your butchery of the English languish.

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