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.