After a great spring with the big club (.380 avg., 4 homers), Heston Kjerstad has been assigned to the Baltimore Orioles’ AA team in Bowie, Maryland. The O’s picked him No. 2 in the 2020 draft. As you may recall, Heston missed more than 2 years with heart inflammation and then a hamstring injury before making his professional debut last summer at Baltimore’s Low A club, Delmarva. He tore it up and was quickly promoted to High A Aberdeen where he struggled a bit. He bounced back, winning the MVP award for the Arizona Fall League before and getting a non-roster invite to the Orioles’ spring training site. He did extremely well, as mentioned before. He turned a number of heads with his spring performance. The Orioles are loaded with power-hitting corner outfielders in the minors, but Kjerstad is still considered one of their top prospects, despite the 2-year delay in getting started. I’m an Orioles fan so I keep tabs on him pretty consistently. There was some bad news from the O’s camp. Blaine Knight was released as spring training wound down. He got as far as AAA last season, to the Orioles have moved on. Not sure if he’s landed anywhere else.
Well it’s good news for Heston! Man he can flat out hit a baseball.
Sorry to hear about Blaine Knight. I hope he gets picked up by another team.
Good to have another oriole fan on here. Been a while for our team but the farm has been rebuilt and is thriving. Just a matter of time. We also have more than a handful of trade pieces if the front office chooses that route.
I’m a big fan of any professional team with former razorbacks. Anyone hear how Kevin Kopps is progressing?
Kopps was sent back to San Antonio in Triple A.
I’m surprised that you didn’t mention the catcher on the O’s 10 day DL.
Our very own, James McCann.
The same day the O’s released him, their Triple-A team in Norfolk picked him up. Or so the transaction wire said. But I don’t see Knight on the Norfolk roster, so…
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