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Kirilloff Could Provide Boost to Top Hitting Prospects

Alex Kirilloff was activated last Thursday from the disabled list. He missed the Blue Wahoo’s first 26 games after suffering a wrist injury late in spring training. Coming off a monster 2018 season, Kirilloff is widely considered the second-best prospect in the Twins organization. Entering the season, Kirilloff was ranked as MLB.com’s number nine prospect and Baseball America ranked him as number 15.

Minnesota’s other top position player prospects have struggled to start the year. Some injuries have been to blame. Can Kirilloff help to boost a struggling group?
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (Alex Kirilloff)
In case you missed any of them, Twins Daily named its Award winners for April.All rankings below are from the Twins Daily Top-20 Prospects.

1. Royce Lewis- Fort Myers
Last week, the discussion arose about the possibility of Royce Lewis being baseball’s best prospect. Lewis has struggled to start the season. Through his first 28 games, he is hitting .227/.323/.273 with four extra-base hits. He has yet to hit a home run after clubbing 14 a season ago. He has done well against lefties by going 8-for-20 with two extra-base hits and more walks (3) than strikeouts (2).

2. Alex Kirilloff- Pensacola
Kirilloff’s wrist injury obviously impacts his start to the season. In his first four games, he has gone 4-for-13 with a double. His three walks in 18 plate appearances have helped him to get on base 50% of the time. In Pensacola, Kirilloff is nearly three years younger than the competition. It seems likely for him to spend the majority of the year at Double-A. However, he could still make his big league debut this season.

4. Trevor Larnach- Fort Myers
Larnach is part of a key group of 2018 draft picks populating the Miracle roster. In his first 28 games, he is hitting .279/.325/.369 with 10 doubles. Only one player has more doubles in the Florida State League. During his professional debut, Larnach posted a 28 to 21 strikeout to walk ratio. This season, he already has 25 strikeouts, but he has coaxed only eight walks.

5. Wander Javier- Extended Spring Training
Javier hasn’t played since 2017. He missed all of 2018 after having surgery in his non-throwing shoulder. His start to the 2019 season has been delayed because of a right quad strain. He needs to show he can stay healthy. Minnesota will have to add him to the 40-man roster this off-season and he hasn’t played a game above the Appalachian League.

6. Brent Rooker- Rochester
During his age-24 season, Rooker is getting on base 27% of the time and he has a .753 OPS. During the 2017 campaign, he posted a .930 OPS across two levels. He clubbed 18 home runs that year and his prospect stock couldn’t have been higher. Last year in Double-A his OPS dipped to .798 and he struck out a whopping 150 times in 130 games. He already has 30 strikeouts this season in 17 games.

10. Akil Baddoo- Fort Myers
Baddoo has struggled to make consistent contact during his first taste of the Florida State League. He’s averaged more than a strikeout per game but there has only been one game this season where he faced a pitcher younger than himself. When he has made contact, there has been some power in his swing. He has 10 extra-base hits. Speed has also been part of his game as he has three triples and he has been successful in four of his five steal attempts.

Can Kirilloff help to boost this struggling group? Who has the most to prove in the months ahead? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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Larnach is actually having a decent first full-year in the organization.Seems to be some hope he will develop into a fine player.Only problem is, there might not be any place to play him.

 

Lewis has been hitting better of late and I suspect by year's end he will have the numbers to support his lofty ranking.Could be an argument that Kirilloff deserves the #1 ranking in the organization, but hopefully he will no longer be a prospect come October.

 

The other player on this list that really concerns me is Javier.They gotta get him on the field because I still believe he can and will be special.

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Aerodeliria
May 07 2019 09:06 AM
Thanks for this Cody.

I read this in a recent Keith Law chat, wondering if anyone has heard this from another source?

 

Mike G: Worried about Royce Lewis’s slow start?

Keith Law: About his start, no. About the changes to his mechanics – he’s gotten very noisy, with a hitch now and multiple triggers – yes.

 

 

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Cap'n Piranha
May 07 2019 10:01 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but in terms of adding Javier to the 40-man, isn't that only if they don't want him to be rule V eligible?Unless he tears it up and somehow makes it to AA this year, I can't envision any organization using a 25 man spot next year on him.

Larnach is actually having a decent first full-year in the organization. Seems to be some hope he will develop into a fine player. Only problem is, there might not be any place to play him.

Lewis has been hitting better of late and I suspect by year's end he will have the numbers to support his lofty ranking. Could be an argument that Kirilloff deserves the #1 ranking in the organization, but hopefully he will no longer be a prospect come October.

The other player on this list that really concerns me is Javier. They gotta get him on the field because I still believe he can and will be special.


I'll be surprised if Kirilloff comes up before September, though I'd love to be wrong.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but in terms of adding Javier to the 40-man, isn't that only if they don't want him to be rule V eligible? Unless he tears it up and somehow makes it to AA this year, I can't envision any organization using a 25 man spot next year on him.


Javier is the Twins #4 prospect, per mlb pipeline.
Prospects like that are never available in the Rule V draft. He'd be a lock to go #1 overall, IMO.
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Javier is the Twins #4 prospect, per mlb pipeline.
Prospects like that are never available in the Rule V draft. He'd be a lock to go #1 overall, IMO.

Unfortunately, Mr. Brooks, I fear you are correct.Gotta believe the Twins will add him, no matter what.But we have to get this kid back on the field and playing some baseball.  

There is also the Minor League portion of the rule V draft that I would be concerned about

I have to say that Rooker is dropping down the list for me. I am disappointed in his progression. 

Kirilloff has been raking again over his first week.I bet we see him get a lot of work at first, and if he can cut it defensively there, he will get a call this year.This is only if he keeps raking, and Cron continues to flounder where he is.Cron has been good defensively, from my eye test, but has been replacement level at best hitting.A few big hits but if Kirilloff can continue to show his bat is ready I think he will get a chance at some point and see what he does with it.  

 

This will also require potential injuries to others as well.I do not expect team to drop Cron with how he is playing at this point, he is still at least keeping on team. 

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There is also the Minor League portion of the rule V draft that I would be concerned about

The minor league portion of Rule 5 is very different. Each minor league club gets to protect a certain number of players too, in addition to the guys already protected on the MLB 40-man. Anyone viewed as remotely on the bubble for the major league Rule 5 draft would certainly be protected for the minor league portion.

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The minor league portion of Rule 5 is very different. Each minor league club gets to protect a certain number of players too, in addition to the guys already protected on the MLB 40-man. Anyone viewed as remotely on the bubble for the major league Rule 5 draft would certainly be protected for the minor league portion.

Thank you for the clarification.

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but in terms of adding Javier to the 40-man, isn't that only if they don't want him to be rule V eligible?Unless he tears it up and somehow makes it to AA this year, I can't envision any organization using a 25 man spot next year on him.

Right now, Javier is graded as a Future Value (FV) of 45+ at Fangraphs.

 

The Orioles top pick in Rule 5 this year was an infielder with FV 40. Burdi was FV 40 when he was picked 3rd. Most of the guys picked in Rule 5 don't even get FV scores, which shows you their relative status as prospects!

 

Barring some unusual collapse or injury this season, I think Javier would be a guaranteed Rule 5 selection if left unprotected, and likely the top pick. One of the rebuilding clubs would easily grab a $4 mil international signing from a few years ago at the cost of a roster spot. His checkered health history might even make it easier to stash him on the DL for a portion of the season too.

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Cap'n Piranha
May 08 2019 12:52 PM

 

Right now, Javier is graded as a Future Value (FV) of 45+ at Fangraphs.

 

The Orioles top pick in Rule 5 this year was an infielder with FV 40. Burdi was FV 40 when he was picked 3rd. Most of the guys picked in Rule 5 don't even get FV scores, which shows you their relative status as prospects!

 

Barring some unusual collapse or injury this season, I think Javier would be a guaranteed Rule 5 selection if left unprotected, and likely the top pick. One of the rebuilding clubs would easily grab a $4 mil international signing from a few years ago at the cost of a roster spot. His checkered health history might even make it easier to stash him on the DL for a portion of the season too.

 

Totally fair.I forgot we're in an era where half of the league isn't really competing.

Totally fair. I forgot we're in an era where half of the league isn't really competing.


I think Javier is regarded well enough, he wouldn't go unselected in Rule 5 in any era. (Although he may have a few more obvious suitors now.)

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