Where Baltimore Orioles' Top 5 prospects rank entering spring training

Look for Jackson Holliday and Coby Mayo to make the jump to the big club this season.

Shortstop Jackson Holliday, last season's Minor League Player of the Year, as selected by Baseball America, is the top major league prospect for the Birds who have one of the best farm systems in the American League.
Shortstop Jackson Holliday, last season's Minor League Player of the Year, as selected by Baseball America, is the top major league prospect for the Birds who have one of the best farm systems in the American League. / Brace Hemmelgarn/GettyImages
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Heston Kjerstad, outfield

Kjerstad was the second overall pick in 2020 and signed for $5.2 million. He has battled health conditions such as a heart inflammation and a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined until the middle of 2022. He spent the final 13 games of the season in Baltimore after moving up from Double-A and Triple-A. While in the majors, Kjerstad, who is on the 40-man roster with Cowser, batted .233 with a pair of home runs and three RBI. He has shown that he has power and also added 10 more homers with Triple-A Norfolk before making the move to the show.

According to Baseball America, "Kjerstad generates impressive carry off the bat and boasts power to all fields, often letting the location of the pitch determine where he drives it." He is projected as a middle of the order, bat-first outfielder who can also play first base. He is extremely versatile, which could give Elias a tough decision to make at the end of spring camp.

Kjerstad is ranked as the 32nd best prospect in the game, and Baseball America has him ranked as the Orioles' fifth best prospect.