Prospects on Deck: Alex Kirilloff, OF – Twins
Kirilloff’s talents should find it’s way to the majors in 2019.
In 2016, the Minnesota Twins made Pittsburgh, PA native Alex Kirilloff their number one prospect and the kid has been something special to watch ever since.
Kirilloff recorded his first pro hit in his first game with the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie) on June 29, 2016 and didn’t look back as he put together an 8-game hitting streak to start his career.
Then in mid-July he added a 10-game hitting streak, showcasing his hitting talent with seven multi-hit games in the stretch. On the season, which spanned 55 games, Kirilloff recorded 19 multi-hit games, batting .306, with nine doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 33 RBI’s.
Kirilloff did have a minor detour early in his career, as he sustained an injury in September 2016, causing him to miss all of 2017.
But in 2018, Kirilloff proved that the time off did not hinder his development to becoming a bonafide MLB star as he clubbed 13 home runs, while driving in 56 runs in 65 games with the Cedar Rapid Kernels of the Midwest league. He also added 20 doubles, five triples and 24 walks in 252 at bats. Starting from April 29th to May 15th, Kirilloff had a 14-game hitting streak, recording multi-hits in half of those games.
The outfielder was selected to represent the Kernels in the Mid-Season Midwest All Star Game. Two days later Kirilloff was promoted to the Fort Myers Miracle (Class-A+) and in his second game went 4 for 6, with a home run, while driving in five runs. Then he followed it up with a 3 for 5 game the next night.
From July 13th to July 29th, the young phenom showed the Miracle fans the future as he recorded a 13-game hit streak, with multi-hits in six straight games, nine overall.
After taking a day off in the hits column to end the month of July, Kirilloff took off again, recording a 14-game hit streak for the first two weeks in August. Overall, he finished the season with the Miracle batting .362, with 24 doubles, two triples, seven home runs and 45 RBI’s.
In 2018, between both clubs, Kirilloff batted .348, with 44 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs and 101 RBI’s.
MLB’s #9 Top Prospect recorded one spring training at bat with the Twins in 2018, but now in 2019 he is a non-roster invitee in the big league camp and will surely have more than enough at bats to showcase his talents, which I am sure he will be doing on the big league level sometime in the near future.
Author’s Side Note:
This past off-season, I was invited to the Minnesota Twins little league coaches clinic here in Fort Myers, Florida which gave us some great tips to help develop our young teams. Alex Kirilloff was on-hand along with his dad Dave Kirilloff, who has helped Alex develop his amazing talent.
The senior Kirilloff is the brain/developer of Timed Hitting Perception which he shares about on his website Language of Baseball, while also traveling around the country teaching to all who want to become better hitters.
Dave and Alex, showed us coaches how the drill works and I have to admit, I never looked at hitting in that way, it just made so much sense. And it’s evident that it works with how quickly Alex rose to the top prospect charts.
I highly recommend checking out the site if you are looking at either reaching the next level in the game or helping a young player develop.