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O’s prospects Jackson Holliday, Heston Kjerstad homer in Norfolk Tides win

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Jackson Holliday, who is no longer MLB’s top prospect, hit his fifth homer of the season for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in a 6-3 win at Worcester on Thursday.

Holliday was bumped down to #2 on the list of top prospects by ESPN analyst Kiley McDaniel, losing the #1 spot to Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Paul Skenes.

Skenes, the top pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, is 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts with the Pirates, with 21 Ks in 16 innings pitched.

Holliday, the #1 pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, had a rough go of it in his 10-game callup to Baltimore earlier this year, going 2-for-34 at the plate with 18 strikeouts before being sent back down to Norfolk last month.

Holliday has a .260 batting average and .870 OPS in 33 games in Triple-A, with five homers, 18 RBIs and four stolen bases.

His homer today was his first since May 16.

Heston Kjerstad was 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, an RBI, a walk and two runs in the win.

Kjerstad is hitting .347 with a 1.181 OPS in 30 games at Triple-A Norfolk this season, with 13 homers and 44 RBIs.

Kjerstad, the #4 prospect in the Orioles farm system, was 2-for-14 in seven games with the parent club before being sent back down earlier this month.

Chris Graham

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