This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This week, I resume my profiles of MLB prospects who could have bright futures.
Each prospect could be ranked as a top organizational player, with a chance to be wearing a big league uniform.
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Heston Kjerstad, OF, Orioles
2020 first-round draft pick out of University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Kjerstad did not play because of myocarditis-heart inflammation.
Now healthy, Kjerstad will be good to go for a bright future. Here is what he did at Arkansas over a three-year career: .343/.421/.590/1.011 in 691 plate appearances covering 150 games. He hit 37 homers and drove in 129.
I have watched plenty of Kjerstad video. Prior to the 2020 draft, Kjerstad was said to have the best overall swing and mechanics among all left-handed hitters. That's saying something.
There is movement in his mechanics and load, but when he settles down, his swing is really strong and powerful. He has the quick hands through the ball that allow him to take the pitch to all fields. He strikes me as a consequential line-drive hitter, capable of hitting the gaps with relative consistency.
Slow afoot, Kjerstad could become a base clogger, but we aren't going to draft him for his running ability.
Scouting Grade: No grade until I see him in 2022. I will provide an updated scouting report after his professional debut.
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