Minnesota Twins: 5 Potential Replacement Options for Eddie Rosario

Alex Kirilloff of the Minnesota Twins bats and hits a home run during a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on February 28, 2020 at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
Alex Kirilloff of the Minnesota Twins bats and hits a home run during a spring training game against the Boston Red Sox on February 28, 2020 at the Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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Alex Kirilloff of the Minnesota Twins bats in his major league debut during game two of the Wild Card Series. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Eddie Rosario Replacement No. 1: Alex Kirilloff

One of the top two prospects in the Twins organization along with Royce Lewis, the former 2016 first round pick made his big league debut in the Wild Card Series last season. He only played one game, but looked confident at the plate, even racking his (unofficial) first hit at the major league level.

Alex Kirilloff has shown he can hit for both power and contact, along with providing the Twins more balance hitting, as he hits from the left side. Through action in A and AA ball, he used his beautiful swing to slash an impressive .317/.365/.498.

While he might not have the cannon arm that Rosario has, Kirilloff can hold his own out in left field. It’s clear the Twins think he can play right now and take this lineup to another level, something they proved by calling him up for the playoff roster and starting him despite no big league experience .

If I were to put money on it, the 23-year-old Kirilloff is the the left fielder of the future for Minnesota. The only way Kirilloff isn’t the guy is if Twins could decide to play the service time game. keep him in St. Paul for the first handful of games, and gain another year of team control with him down the road.

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