Alex Kirilloff has the same number of hits in the playoffs as Mike Trout. Sorry, I forgot my parasol, so I made my own shade. An important aspect to him starting a playoff game shows — Oh, by the way, in case you didn’t hear, Alex Kirilloff made his major league debut in the playoffs this year — back to the scheduled program! One thing that him starting a playoff game shows is the Twins are ready to see Kirilloff go, um, off. And *raises hand* same, same. Here’s what Prospect Itch said previously, “After a tough summer fighting a wrist injury, Alex Kiriloff caught fire in the final month—a burst that could be connected to his wrist feeling better. 2020 is a big year for his perceived value. If he comes out hot, people will handwave a disappointing 2019. If he struggles, they’ll start connecting data points and dropping him down their lists, now only if Grey would drop dead.” Okay, what the eff, dude? Also, Prospect Hobbs wrote about 1,500 words about Alex Kirilloff in his Blind Resume post. So, 2020 wasn’t a great year for Kirilloff–I literally can’t think of anyone who had a good 2020, so join the crowd. A bad 2020 for Kirilloff, however, had no bearing on him or anything. There was just no year to have. Here’s where I suppose something:  If the Twins weren’t confident with what they were seeing from Kirilloff in the alternate training camp, they wouldn’t have put him on their playoff roster. So, what can we expect from Alex Kiriloff for 2021 fantasy baseball?

How about we start with what Alex Kirilloff has done and why do we care? Kiriloff is a 60-grade power and hit tool guy in a Hot Girl Summer. That essentially means he could sorta be Eddie Rosario — 30 homers, .280, or, well, better. Kirilloff even showed a penchant for a steal here and there in the minors, but that’s likely smoke and mirrors. Magical if it happens, but don’t count the rabbits in your hats just yet. In Double-A, he yawned through a 9/7/.283 season, but that was explained in Itch’s quote prior to his Grey slander. He had a wrist thing. Kirilloff, not Itch. Don’t have any insight into Itch’s wrists. Prolly very well-defined. From the itching. 

The year before for Kiriloff is when he first emerged as a legit contender for ‘Sexy Time.’ He went 20/4/.350-ish (didn’t do the math on the batting average, but it’s around there). That was in A and High A, though. So, Itch (and Hobbs, if you read his post) were rightfully concerned. Kirilloff could be ready, or he could be something great from 2018, that we’re waiting to materialize in 2021. Finally, if he’s the real deal in, say, Spring Training, when is Kirilloff the starting corner outfielder, DH or 1st baseman for the Twins this year? Good question, right side of my brain. Very logical. Left Side of Brain, “Don’t you mean left side?” Stop trying to trick me, LSB! My guess is the Twins bring in some cheap bat to get them to June. Think a C.J. Cron-type who plays 1st, DH or a corner outfield slot, and then Kirilloff comes up in early-June. That’s assuming Kirilloff hits in the minors, and whomever they bring in doesn’t. I doubt Kirilloff is someone we see first thing in April. I do think he’s going to be mixed league relevant as soon as he’s up though, much like Alec Bohm was this year. For 2021, I’ll give Alex Kirilloff projections of 44/15/46/.267/4 in 332 ABs and a mid-June call-up. As of now, that is conservative on the at-bats, because he’s currently pencilled into the DH spot. However, pencils do have erasers. I think, it’s been a while.

 
  1. galica says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Great Fantasy report on Kiriloff.

    a. Alec Bohm-like would be great!

    b. Wanted to give thanks yet again! Have passed the language test for the job in TJ! Now I’ve been invited to the competency-based interview stage! The interview will be this Tuesday (Dec 1) at 09h30 Pacific Time. Any advice/suggestions on how to pass the competency-based interview are welcome. I have printed out the job description from the job ad, my cover letter I sent when I applied, and from 2 websites on how to win the competency-based interview. Today and over the weekend I will rack my brain to find good examples of when I did this or that. I have also enlisted the assistance of my good friend (a Lieutenant Colonel in the Bolivian Army) for some practice 1-1 interview face-time in Spanish. Hopefully I’ll be ready. Just wanted to say thanks for listening and being so patient all this time. It could still happen! Don’t know how many candidates have been invited, don’t really care. I have to do my best to have a shot. I notice that 1 of the people copied in the email they sent to me was a graduate of the same program I was in in (stutterer) April 2009. He’s now #2 in Mexico for the organization.

    c. MLB quote of the day for November 27, 2020

    1. On Jimmy Rollins, born today November 27, 1978 in Oakland, California

    ‘The team always comes first and I’ve made that clear. That’s what actually makes it (batting during the 2005 hitting streak) easier. I’m trying to help the team win. I try to be productive. If I can jump start it like today, that’s a bonus. When you get a hit, that’s a double bonus. If we lose and I keep the streak, what does that mean? The season is automatically over. The playoffs is everything. That’s what we all want.’

    from the Morning Call with Don Bostrom, October 2, 2005 [Look at Jimmy getting all philosophical and all. Don’t see it, Jimmy. Feel it!’

    2. On Randy Milligan, born on this day November 27, 1961

    ‘Randy (Milligan) was not even on the Mets’ 40-man roster in the spring of 1987, nor was he listed in the team’s press guide under non-roster players. But this obscure first baseman had a tremendous season for Tidewater in 1987. He missed the Triple-A International league Triple Crown by just two home runs as he won the batting title with a .326 average and was tops in RBIs with 103. Randy’s 29 homers ranked third in the league. In the Governor’s Cup playoffs against Columbus, he had six hits in 12 at bats and was named the league’s MVP and Rookie of the Year. Randy was also voted the best batting prospect in the I.L. in 1987. ‘He’s the best young hitter we’ve seen all year,’ said Columbus manager Bucky Dent. ‘He wore us out.’ Unhappily, Randy is is a first baseman on a team that has one of the best in baseball – Keith Hernandez.’

    From his Score Baseball Card. [Loved Randy Milligan, he was awesome in that Pop-o-Matic baseball game in the 1990s, ‘member?]

    3. On Babe Herman who died today on November 27, 1987

    Never once did I get hit on the head by a fly ball. Once or twice on the shoulder maybe, but never on the head.’

    Babe Herman in The New Bill James Historical Abstract [Shhhh! Don’t tell Jose that Herman was referring to him! Though to the astute reader out there – touche!, Herman died in 1987 while Canseco’s ‘hit on the head by the fly ball trick’ happened in 1993. So maybe Herman was fortune teller. ]

    4. On Bill Werle, who died today on November 27, 2010

    ‘When (Bill) Nicholson took a hefty swing and popped the ball straight up into the air in front of the mound, Werle breathed a sign of relief. As he was trained, Werle quickly called out the name of the fielder who should make the play. ‘Eddie’s got it! Eddie’s got it!’ he yelled. Catcher Eddie Fitzgerald, third baseman Eddie Bockman and first-baseman Eddie Stevens stopped in their tracks and looked on helplessly as the ball fell untouched to the ground.’

    John McCollister, ‘Tales from the Pirates Dugout’ [Apparently, he couldn’t catch fly balls and had to call out the player’s name who would catch it. Weird science, indeed.]

    d. Have a nice weekend!

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ante! B. You’re coming to California? Or you do the test in Croatia? Wow, this thing takes a long time to go thru, huh? I don’t know what a competency-based interview means? Is it a formality? Do they ask which end of the glass to drink from? Do they check your blood for midichlorians? Tell me and mayeb I can help (I likely cannot help)

      c. Poor Randy Milligan, the opposite of Wally Pipp…

      Oh, wow, happy Babe Herman (not Ruth) Died Day, feels like it was only last year for the last Babe Herman (not Ruth) Died Day

      D. You too!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Me and you and a dog named Blue! Eerie!

        b. Competency-based interview is a newer buzz word for prove to me you can do the job. There is a list of competencies on the job description like leadership, management, communication, planning, analytical thinking etc. And I have perfected all of them RIGHT HERE!!! Think about it, analytical thinking…check. planning…check. [On the planning one, in Central African Republic in my weekly lock H2H I had to plan my rotation THREE WEEKS in advance to lineup when I hoped 2-start pitchers would pitch because I would not be able to access the internet until lineups locked for that 3rd week!!! True story, I won that league!].

        c. No the interview is on MS Teams. I can do it here in Croatia which is a plus on the corona timeline!

        d. We’re just now going into lockdown. A student in our son’s grade 10 class tested positive so the entire class has been sequestered into isolation at home. We’re allowed to be in contact but not close contact – high 5 is ok. So his entire class is online until December 7. Then school break for the holidays starts Dec 24 and they’re due back on Jan 18. My wife is thinking about going to that island paradise with no internet for that period, not sure if that’s the best option.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Wow!

          B. I had corporate hoops they make people jump thru, then once you pass, you almost immediately meet your boss who is a scoundrel who would never pass the same test — wishing you good luck!

          C. Ah, makes sense

          D. That sucks, but Jan 18th is my birthday! Stay safe, Ante!

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!!

            You too, man! The world would be a really sad place without you, so stay well.

            Thanks for the wishes of good luck. Will let you know how it goes, obvi!

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I will try!

  2. Smitty says:
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    Was really hoping Kirilloff would avoid being mentioned (haha) but this kid could breakout bigtime on a club that seems to have an opportunity for PT. Sweet LH stroke, no problem getting barrel to ball, somewhat pull oriented but can go oppo with authority. His bats plays right now and could make a significant impact. Good read Grey – thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, I think he could be solid, but the ABs worry me if he’s looked at as a platoon guy for at least 2021… Appreciate it!

  3. packers2018 says:
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    I’m trying to purchase the DFS premium add free package.
    I click on the package, click on purchase, but it just sends me back to the original page explaining what everything is.

    These adds are annoying.

    What am I doing wrong?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You can buy an ad-free for $10 for now, then upgrade in 2021 — it won’t let you buy a monthly DFS, bc there’s no monthly DFS for baseball right now — so click https://razzball.com/membership-account/subscriptions/ select Ad-Free for 9.99, then checkout

      • packers2018 says:
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        Where did the adds go? Much nicer.

        I was involved in a multi player deal which I know you don’t like involving Story, Machado
        and others but backed out.
        Is there any steamer projections out there for 2021?

        Thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ha, nice! Yeah — Story and Machado’s Steamer projections look good 36/10/.275 and Story’s look even better — 35/25/.275

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Thoughts on this trade offer

    Go Go White Sox Trade
    Joey Gallo
    Jorge Polanco
    Jordyn Adams
    Zach Davies

    Malicious Phenoms Trades:
    Kyle Hendricks
    Tim Anderson

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I wonder what team the Go Go White Sox likes… I’d take Anderson side tho, so hold

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        Would you trade for any of his guys?

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          Trade Hendricks for any of his guys

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sure, Polanco or Gallo for Hendricks

  5. packers2018 says:
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    I need two of these sorry choices for a 3rd baseman. OPS added cat.

    1. Urshela
    2. Riley (1b, of)
    3. Candelario (1b)
    4. W. Castro (ss)
    5. Giminez (2b,ss)

    Drop one for Stroman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Gio and Riley…drop Castro for Stroman

  6. D Fresh says:
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    Rosario non-tendered. Thoughts on how it affects Kirloff? Did you already expect the Twins to move on from Rosario?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, and it’s too early to say if the Twins don’t get someone else as a stop gap

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