6. Alex Kirilloff, OF, 19 years old
Kirilloff was the Minnesota Twins first selection in the 2016 draft out of high school in Pennsylvania, selecting him 15th overall. With a polished bat and the background of a father who was his coach along the way, Kirilloff showed well with advanced rookie Elizabethton in 2016, hitting .306/.341/.454 with 7 home runs.
Kirilloff was prepared for his full season debut with Cedar Rapids in what would have been an even more impressive lineup with his presence, but he suffered an elbow injury before the season, requiring Tommy John surgery and effectively ending his 2017 season.
One positive is that the recovery rates for hitters on TJS are much better and more complete than those with pitchers, and Kirilloff should have a good mentor in the organization in Miguel Sano, who went through the same surgery.
Kirilloff has an excellent lefty swing that should allow for quality contact while also producing plus power. He’s mature physically already at 6’1″, 215 pounds, so there isn’t a lot of filling out of his frame to come either. Hopefully, we will get to see him with Cedar Rapids in 2018 and he can push up the ladder in a hurry!
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