I call this year’s fantasy baseball sleepers,”Rookies that failed to impress last year.” Okay, not all, but Alex Kirilloff is clearly in the same boat as Jarred Kelenic and Andrew Vaughn. By the by, before we start, I can’t properly express how much I must like Alex Kirilloff, because spelling his last name over and over again is like trying to pat my head and rub my stomach at the same time. Double L, double F, double R–Damn! There’s no double R! I patted my stomach and rubbed my head, didn’t I? Try again! Okay, double K–ugh, out already. All right, first up, what did he do last year? Not much! Moving on! Okay, fine: 8/1/.251 in 215 ABs. Not fair to put that all at the feet of Kirilloff or his inexperience or nerves or whatever you want to put at his feet — how about a cape so he can walk over puddles? Put that at his feet! Sorry, I lost it for a second. You can’t blame Kkiirriillooff because he was injured in May, and needed wrist surgery in July. There was talk about him returning at the end of the season. Not much talk of it, but some light speculation. I only mention that to say, if he almost returned at the tail end of last year, he should be fully healed by the time we get to March. That’s also the biggest caveat here. Wrist surgery for a hitter isn’t ideal, but he’s young (23 at time of surgery, 24 now) and should be able to heal in a reasonable amount of time. So, what can we expect from Alex Kirilloff for 2022 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

Alex Kirilloff first came into the major leagues to join the Twins in the playoffs last year. By the way, he has the same number of playoff hits 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 — 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. It shows a commitment to him that I love. There’s no way Kirilloff is not playing if he’s healthy.

Here’s what Prospect Itch said previously, “After a tough summer fighting a wrist injury, Alex Kiriloff caught fire in the final month—” Stopping the quote to say, that was in 2019! Yes, this wrist injury has been around a while. Also, Prospect Hobbs wrote about 1,500 words about Alex Kirilloff in his Blind Resume post. So, 2020 and 2021 weren’t great years for Kirilloff–I literally can’t think of anyone who had a good 2020, so join the crowd. A bad 2021 for Kirilloff, however, had no bearing on him or anything. He had wrist issues for a while. That has finally been fixed. Very nice of the Twins to pay for wrist surgery for him about 27 months after it started hurting.

Kiriloff is a 60-grade power and hit tool guy in a Hot Girl Summer. That essentially means he could sorta be Eddie Rosario — 27-30 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. The year before the wrist issues first appeared 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. He needs to connect now, but I think he can. If you remove the Hard Hit numbers because he had a wrist issue, and just look at contact, they look fine. 22.5% strikeout rate is decent for a rookie, and low BABIP due to wrist. Oh, and he hit eight homers in roughly a third of his at-bats last year with a bad wrist! He could easily get to 30 homers and a handful of steals with a solid average without a ton of problems. Ya know, a top 20 outfielder. For 2022, I’ll give Alex Kirilloff projections of 76/27/83/.271/4 in 534 ABs with a chance for a lot more.

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DonnieB
DonnieB
6 months ago

Who you like for next year? Chisholm at $10 or Schwarber at at $1? Thanks.

Mcgaffer12
Mcgaffer12
6 months ago

And while we’re at it, need help sorting out my trashy keepers (assuming no trades). Old school small lineups, no CI or MI, only 3 OF, 5 Sp, 2 closers. We keep 4. Also- we still use BA
I keep Boba and Julio Rodriguez
Need 2 of the following scraps:
Goldy $23
JUst Dong $19
Nelly Cruz $13
Pablo Lopez $13
Ranger Suarez $5
Joe Ryan $5
Jesus Sanchez $5

Mcgaffer12
Mcgaffer12
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Thanks !! I’m assuming you’d hang on to Julio Rodriguez at $5?

Mcgaffer12
Mcgaffer12
6 months ago

Ugh. My keepers suck. My only good chip is Boba Chette

Would you move
$11 Boba
For
$14 Tucker
$11 Yordan Alvarez?

Mcgaffer12
Mcgaffer12
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

We keep 4, I gave you my current layout below. 12 teams. Really appreciate input on both questions. Thnx Amigo!!!

Sport
Sport
6 months ago

Really good stuff as always. I was actually relieved I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t spell Kirilloff, however this article may have cured me me of ever mispelling it again! Funny how that works.

And to honest, I’m not sure how many times I go to make a comment on here, but stop to google a name real fast so that I don’t embarrass myself in front of other commenters! If one of those five girl readers is like my daughter…….”It’s Bauer, not Buaer you idiot!”

Anyways, I was curious how close you thought these two guys are. Franmil, last year’s Sleeper, and Matt Chapman, possible 2021 sleeper.

I was offered McMahon in my only H2H league, for my Franmil. I will turn that down, but I kind of need an upgrade at 3B. I never considered moving Franmil, but I did see the other guy has Matt Chapman. Should I want more in return for Franmil than Chapman is that even? And would you consider Chapman an upgrade over Eugenio Saurez enough to validate a trade like this? I currently have Moncada at 3B and Eugenio at CI. I would love to move both of them and I really like the rest of the line up.

Thank you very much!

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
6 months ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome!

a. Seriously, awesome. llof is all you need to type into the player search engine to find him. Either lloff or llof for the lazier folk out there. Just llo and you get too many Castillo types and only ff and it’s Duffy, Woodruff types. For those wanting to know, just off gets you the Eikhoff, Hoffman types and I think even the most desperate of us ‘ballers don’t want to go there.

b. Are you familiar with the rules of cricket? I explained them to you once in 2018 (lol, don’t know when it was)!! We better have a new CBA and 150 games or MLB will go forever with NFL, hockey, basketball and cricket (!!!) replacing it.

c. Norm MacDonald quote of the day for December 9, 2021

‘A one-legged goose with a dart in its head remains alive while you people just complain about how bad your lives are.’

d. Marx Brothers quote of the day for December 9, 2021

Groucho: ‘Well, Steve Hunt, my lifelong pal. You haven’t changed a bit.’

Steve Hunt: ‘Do I know you?’

Groucho: ‘Do you know me? Lionel Q. Devereaux, your old roommate at Yale?’

Steve Hunt: ‘I never went to Yale.’

Groucho: ‘Remember those good old days at Erasmus High?’

Steve Hunt: ‘I never went to Erasmus High.’

Groucho: ‘At least you do remember when we graduated from Public school 27?’

Steve Hunt: ‘No.’

Groucho: ‘Say, for a man with no education, you’ve done all right.’

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Grey!!

a. Sport and me, the two Utes in da house! “Youths, Your Honor. The two youths!” ‘Member from My Cousin Vinnie – Joe Peschi and Marisa Tomei!

b. Put in a 4:1 trade offer for Kirilloff. Will let you know how it went.

c. Oh, and the goose survived to Thanksgiving I’m told. He/she lived a good life.

Cheers,
Ante

Ante GALIC
Ante GALIC
Reply to  Grey
6 months ago

Grey!

‘Kiss my grits, Alice.’

Cheers,
Ante