Alex Kirilloff entered the 2019 season as the second-best prospect in the organization. After coming off a monster 2018 season in which he hit .348 with 20 HR and 101 RBI, expectations for the 21-year old were sky-high as he began the season at Double-A Pensacola. Things wouldn’t get off to a great start however, due to a pair of injuries but as the season went on, Kirilloff began to heat up.
From June 1 on, Kirlloff began to return to his old form, hitting .299 with eight home runs and 34 RBI for the Blue Wahoos. Most of that damage came in the final month of the season as Kirilloff hit five of those home runs as he tried to push Pensacola through the Southern League playoffs.
When the smoke cleared, Kirilloff had a solid season at the plate with a line of .283/.343/.413 with nine home runs and 43 RBI. As Royce Lewis had a tough time dealing with a similar amount of injuries, Kirilloff may have leaped over him for the status of the top prospect in the Twins organization.
What happens now with Kirilloff is interesting. Although there were rumors of a late call-up, the Twins never pulled the trigger and may need to make a move to clear their crowded outfield to get their top prospect to Minnesota. A more likely scenario will see Kirlloff head to Triple-A for some final refinements, but chances are he will make his major league debut in 2020.