[Baltimore Sun] Orioles plan to recall outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad

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The Orioles plan to recall outfield prospect Heston Kjerstad on Tuesday, a source with direct knowledge told The Baltimore Sun on Monday night.

Kjerstad, the No. 42 prospect in baseball, will be added to Baltimore’s 26-man roster after the club placed outfielder Austin Hays on the 10-day injured list with a calf strain Monday.

The Orioles drafted Kjerstad with the No. 2 overall pick out of Arkansas in 2020. He didn’t make his professional debut until two years later because of heart and hamstring ailments, but he’s dominated the minor leagues since.

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Kjerstad, 25, is hitting .349 with a 1.176 OPS for Triple-A Norfolk this season. He leads all Triple-A hitters with 10 home runs and 30 RBIs.

The left-handed slugger made his MLB debut in September, acclimating himself well with a .748 OPS and two homers in 13 games. He was entrenched in a competitive roster battle this spring but narrowly lost out to fellow outfield prospect Colton Cowser and others.

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