Alex Kirilloff
22-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Minnesota Twins AAA
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Kirilloff missed all of April and half of June with a right wrist injury that likely affected his performance for much of the season. He posted full-season lows in every notable offensive rate stat, but seemed to return to form later in the year. Including the Southern League playoffs, Kirilloff hit .309/.352/.480 with 11 home runs and a 15.9 K% over his final 60 games. He probably isn't quite the hitter we saw at Low-A (176 wRC+) and High-A (168 wRC+) in 2018, but when healthy, Kirilloff still looks like a future plus hitter with plus power. He was 7-for-13 on stolen-base attempts and may not run at all in the majors. While his arm is good enough for right field, his lack of agility and the makeup of the big-league roster suggests he could break in at first base, where he played 35 games last year. Kirilloff should report to Triple-A and could debut this summer. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Twins in June of 2016 that includes a $2.82 million signing bonus.
Impresses in big-league camp
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
March 19, 2020
Kirilloff hit .429 with two home runs and a 3:1 K:BB in 22 plate appearances in big-league camp.
Manager Rocco Baldelli noted that Kirilloff looks 100 percent healthy and has really impressed in his at-bats, per Anthony Castrovince of A wrist injury robbed Kirilloff of part of the 2019 season and impacted his performance when he did report to Double-A Pensacola. However, he finished strong and picked up where he left off in spring training. The Twins don't have an immediate need at first base, left field or right field, but Kirilloff does not appear to need much more seasoning in the minors before he is ready to help the big-league club.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Tommy John surgery erased Kirilloff's 2017, but he rewarded dynasty-league managers who stayed the course. Among Midwest League hitters with 250 PA, Kirilloff ranked first in AVG (.333), ISO (.274) and wRC+ (176). In late June, the Twins promoted him to the Florida State League, where he led hitters with 250 PA with a .362 AVG -- his 168 wRC+ ranked third in that subset. Kirlloff rarely strikes out (15.3 K%), hits the ball to all fields (Pull% below 43% at Low-A and High-A) and did not show pronounced splits (.980 OPS against RHP, .942 OPS against LHP). He does not sell out to get to his plus power. Kirilloff is a complete hitter with no obvious flaws who has not yet been taught that baseball is supposed to be hard. Given his success in the lower levels, we should not project significant struggles at Double-A or Triple-A. Calls for a big-league promotion in the second half of 2019 will likely fall on deaf ears, setting the stage for an early 2020 MLB debut.
Kirlloff, the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft, missed the 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. The lost year of developmental time hurts, but he should be assigned to Low-A for his age-20 season, so he’s not too far behind his contemporaries. His skill set could be more valuable in fantasy than reality, as he is destined for an outfield corner, but could hit enough to profile in the middle of a big-league lineup. Kirilloff has a smooth swing that generates plus raw power combined with an advanced, patient approach at the plate. He should have no trouble doing damage against righties, and while he only hit .275/.322/.375 with two home runs in 80 at-bats against same-handed pitching in the Appalachian League in 2016, it’s too early to say he is destined for the strong side of a platoon. He still has some room to grow at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, and may need some time to find his swing again after a year off.
Kirilloff, the 15th overall pick in the 2016 draft, had a strong professional debut, albeit in a limited sample size. He hit .306 with seven home runs and a .794 OPS in 55 games for Elizabethton of the rookie Appalachian League. The winner of the Perfect Game All-American Home Run Derby, Kirilloff is a converted pitcher and first baseman with the speed, athleticism and range to stick in an outfield corner. He has a smooth swing combined with an advanced, patient approach at the dish. His left-handed stroke is simple yet effective in terms of launching balls into the outfield seats. Kirilloff still has some room to grow at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. It remains to be seen if he can be a true 30-homer threat once he matures, but he can certainly spray the ball to all fields. After the top five hitters from last year's draft class (Nick Senzel, Corey Ray, Kyle Lewis, Mickey Moniak, Blake Rutherford), a case could be made for Kirilloff heading that next tier. He should be rostered in all dynasty leagues where 100-plus prospects are owned.
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Starting Wednesday
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 26, 2020
Kirilloff (undisclosed) will start in right field and bat eighth in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
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Dropped from exhibition lineup
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 21, 2020
Kirilloff was scratched from the lineup for Friday's game against the University of Minnesota, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.comreports.
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Will appear in Twins' camp
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
February 3, 2020
Kirilloff was invited to the Twins' major-league spring training Monday.
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Returns from minor-league IL
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 21, 2019
Kirilloff was activated from the 7-day DL and went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday's game for Double-A Pensacola.
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Back on minor-league IL
1BMinnesota Twins  AAA
June 3, 2019
Kirilloff was placed on the 7-day injured list Monday with an undisclosed injury, Brandon Warne of reports.
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