Arkansas slugger Heston Kjerstad (Shotgun Spratling)


Prospect Profile: Heston Kjerstad Stands Out For Elite Power, Work Ethic

When Heston Kjerstad was five years old, he would sometimes climb atop a five-gallon bucket so he could reach the cash register and help out at his family’s bottled-water company in Amarillo, Texas.

Kjerstad, now a 21-year-old true junior at Arkansas, figures to hit the cash jackpot in a much different way on June 10 as he is expected to be among the top 10 picks in the 2020 MLB Draft.

“Heston is every bit as good as anybody in the country,” Arkansas Razorbacks hitting coach Nate Thompson said of the 6-3, 205-pound Kjerstad. “He was on his way to having the kind of year (former Vanderbilt outfielder) J.J. Bleday had last season.”

The coronavirus pandemic put an early halt to everyone’s college baseball season in March, of course. But, up to that point, Kjerstad – who served as Arkansas’ right fielder — was hitting .448/.513/.791 with five doubles, six homers and 20 RBI in 16 games. He ended the season on a 17-game hit streak, dating to 2019, and he will go down as perhaps the greatest hitter in school history with 37 career homers and an Arkansas 139-60 record during his three years on campus. …



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