Alex Kirilloff
Alex Kirilloff
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Minnesota Twins
10-Day IL
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 2/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The first player ever to record his first MLB hit in the postseason, Kirilloff was bypassed for a promotion all summer before getting his first start in the Twins' final playoff game. We knew he was big-league ready, but that decision cemented the fact that he is an immediate part of the team's future. He reportedly hit close to .500 with plenty of homers and doubles to all fields in informal games at the alternate training site. While Kirilloff doesn't profile as a great defender, the Twins can play him in the outfield corners, first base or DH, so there are many avenues to playing time early in 2021. He struggled against LHP in 2019 (.634 OPS), but logged a .942 OPS against them in 2018 and has a high enough offensive ceiling that a strict platoon seems unlikely. Kirilloff has never logged a K% over 18.5%, and his plus power seems to be trending up, so he could be a four-category stud in short order. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#279
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Twins in September of 2020.
Undergoes successful surgery
OFMinnesota Twins
Wrist
July 23, 2021
Kirilloff underwent successful surgery on his right wrist Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kirilloff's procedure didn't reveal anything concerning, and he'll head to Florida soon to begin his recovery process. The 23-year-old is expected to require eight weeks of rehab after his procedure, meaning he would miss the remainder of the 2021 season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
6
18
5
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
4
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS vs LHP
2020
No Stats
2019
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .780 71 9 3 11 0 .279 .310 .471
Since 2019vs Right .695 160 14 5 23 1 .238 .294 .401
2021vs Left .780 71 9 3 11 0 .279 .310 .471
2021vs Right .695 160 14 5 23 1 .238 .294 .401
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
2020
No Stats
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .900 115 15 6 21 1 .291 .357 .544
Since 2019Away .554 116 8 2 13 0 .214 .241 .313
2021Home .900 115 15 6 21 1 .291 .357 .544
2021Away .554 116 8 2 13 0 .214 .241 .313
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Alex Kirilloff compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.27
 
BB Rate
6.1%
 
K Rate
22.5%
 
BABIP
.295
 
ISO
.172
 
AVG
.251
 
OBP
.299
 
SLG
.423
 
OPS
.722
 
wOBA
.313
 
Exit Velocity
83.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.2%
 
Barrels/PA
9.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
2017
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.
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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Out for season
OFMinnesota Twins
Wrist
July 21, 2021
Kirilloff is expected to require eight weeks of rehab after undergoing surgery on his right wrist later this week and won't retake the field for the Twins this season, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Out after wrist surgery
OFMinnesota Twins
Wrist
July 21, 2021
The Twins will place Kirilloff on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. He's scheduled to undergo surgery later this week to address a ligament tear in his right wrist, according to Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
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Sitting Tuesday
OFMinnesota Twins
July 20, 2021
Kirilloff is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
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Sits for first game of twin bill
OFMinnesota Twins
July 19, 2021
Kirilloff is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the White Sox.
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Not starting Thursday
OFMinnesota Twins
July 8, 2021
Kirilloff is out of the lineup Thursday against the Tigers.
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