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MLB Draft profile: Heston Kjerstad, Arkansas outfielder

25 years after drafting Erstad with their first pick, the Angels might take Kjerstad

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Baseball America has the sixth version of their mock draft up, with Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad projected to the Angels in the first round, No. 10 overall.

“Kjerstad’s name has gotten plenty of buzz right in front of the Angels, so perhaps they would be thrilled for one of the more reliable college bats in the class to fall to them,” Carlos Collazo wrote at BA. “Los Angeles is a bit of a wild card and they are in a spot on the board where they might simply be in a position to see who gets down to them.”

Multiple national mock drafts have previously linked the Angels to other outfielders, including Garrett Mitchell from UCLA, and Tennessee high school outfielder Robert Hassell.

Kjerstad was a first-team preseason All-American this season for the Razorbacks, and lived up to the hype in the shortened season, hitting .448/.513/.791 (30-for-67) with six home runs in 16 games. The left-handed batter hit .345/.425/.587 in three seasons at Arkansas.

Kjerstad was ranked the 13th-best prospect in the draft by both Baseball America and Keith Law at The Athletic. ranked Kjerstad 10th:

Kjerstad’s strength and bat speed give him well above-average raw power to all fields. He has a complicated swing that features a big hand circle in his load, so he has to be precise with his timing to make it work — but he has done so in college and was the top performer in the U.S. collegiate team’s lineup last summer.

The Mariners drafted Kjerstad out of high school in Texas in the 36th round in 2017, but he did not sign.

The recommended slot bonus value for the 10th overall pick is $4,739,900, and the Angels’ overall bonus pool for their four picks is $6,397,100. The MLB Draft will begin on June 10, with the two-day affair televised by MLB Network and ESPN/ESPN2.