Alexander David Kirilloff (KEE-rill-off)...Twitter: @AKirilloff19...Instagram: @akirilloff19... wife, Jordan, married in 2016 offseason...the couple has two daughters, Penelope (born February 2020) and Priscilla (born November 2021)…2016 graduate of Plum High School in Pittsburgh, PA...rated as the 15th-best prospect in the 2016 draft by Baseball America...hit .544 with a .645 on-base percentage, 1.000 slugging percentage, three home runs, 23 RBI, 17 extra-base hits, 17 walks and just one strikeout as a high school senior...named a 2016 Rawlings Perfect Game First-Team All-American and Atlantic All-Region First-Team selection...primarily played first base, and also pitched, throughout high school...won the 2015 Perfect Game All-American Classic Home Run Challenge, hitting 34 home runs at Fowler Park at the University of San Diego and PETCO Park...participated in 2019 Twins Winter Caravan, traveling to Cedar Rapids, IA...made debut wearing uniform number 76 but changed to 19 over the 2020-21 offseason... really likes cars and started an Instagram account called @automobileathlete in January 2022, in which he features luxury cars and other athlete’s vehicles; his first feature, posted Feb. 3, 2022, was on Twins prospect Blayne Enlow’s Maserati...favorite TV show is Burn Notice...spent the 2022-23 offseason vacationing in the mountains in Georgia for Christmas as well as visiting Colorado...is a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan...participated in 2023 TwinsFest at Target Field in January.
Made Twins Opening Day roster, the first of career and was the Opening Day leftfielder April 8 vs. Seattle, batting sixth, going 0-for-4...Played in five games for the Twins and went 1-for-17 before being placed on the 10-day Injured List April 13 with right wrist inflammation...played seven games with Triple-A St. Paul on rehab assignment...was returned from rehab assignment and reinstated from IL on May 6...Played in five more games with the Twins from May 8-12 and was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on May 14...Named Twins Minor League Player of the Week twice on the season while with the Saints: May 22 (.458, 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBI, 1.144 OPS) and June 19 (.474, 1 double, 4 home runs, 9 RBI, 1.723 OPS)…Named International League Player of the Week with the Saints June 6, hitting .471 (8-for-17), with three doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, eight runs scored, four walks, a .571 on base percentage, 1.353 slugging percentage, and a 1.924 OPS...Played in 28 games for the Saints from May 15-June 16, hitting .385 (42-for-109) with seven doubles, 10 home runs, 31 RBI, a .477 on-base percentage, a .725 slugging percentage and a 1.201 OPS...Recalled by Minnesota June 17...Recorded second career multi-homer game July 5 at Chicago-AL...Tied career-high with nine-game hitting streak from July 10-24, hitting .344 (11-for-32) with a .792 OPS during the streak...Placed on 10-day Injured List Aug. 2 with right wrist inflammation...transferred to 60-day IL Aug. 23...underwent season-ending surgery on right wrist Aug. 9...Hit .267 (32-for-120) with a .680 OPS against right-handed pitching with Minnesota, compared to .167 (4-for-24) with a .500 OPS vs. left-handed pitching...Played 21 games (19 starts) in left field, 18 games (14 starts) at first base and eight games (3 starts) in right field...Combined to hit .302 (83-for-275) with 14 doubles, 13 home runs, 53 RBI, 47 runs scored, 27 walks, a .378 on-base percentage, a .495 slugging percentage and an .873 OPS in 80 games between St. Paul and Minnesota.
Was in Twins spring training for the second-consecutive season and second time in career...optioned to the alternate training site on March 23...Made season debut and non-Postseason Major League debut for Twins as 27th man in a doubleheader on April 14 vs. Boston and went 0-for-3...Did not appear at the Minor League level to start the season with their season beginning in May and was eventually recalled by Minnesota from alternate training site on April 23...Recorded first career Major League regular season hit on April 26 at Cleveland, doubling off Zach Plesac...recorded first career RBI on April 27 at Cleveland...Hit first career home run April 30 vs. Kansas City, a three-run shot off Tyler Zuber...homered again in next at-bat, a solo shot off Ervin Santana...became the first Twins hitter since Pat Meares on June 19, 1994 at Baltimore to hit both of his first two career home runs in the same game...also became the first Twins rookie hitter with a multi-homer game since Johnny Field on Sept. 26, 2018 vs. Detroit...Hit safely in season-long nine-straight games from April 26-May 22, including homers in three-straight games from April 30-May 2...also during that span, had a six-game RBI streak from April 30-May 22 (13 RBI total)...Placed on 10-day Injured List on May 5 with a sprained right wrist...played in two games on rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul, going 3-for-6, May 19-20 and reinstated on May 21...Recorded first career three-hit game on May 30 vs. Kansas City (all singles)...Intentionally walked twice on June 21 vs. Cincinnati, marking first time for a Twins rookie since Lew Ford in 2004...Placed on 10-day Injured List on July 21 with a ligament tear in right wrist...underwent surgery on July 23...transferred to 60-day IL on Aug. 10...Hit .279 (19-for-68) with a .471 slugging percentage against left-handed pitching and .238 (35-for-147) with a .401 slugging percentage against right-handed pitching...Hit .323 (31-for-96) with runners on base, .310 (18-for-58) with runners in scoring position and .346 (9-for-26) with RISP and two outs...Played 29 games (25 starts) at first base, 27 games (19 starts) in right field and 13 games (11 starts) in leftfield.
Was an invite to Twins spring training...spent entire regular season at alternate training site in St. Paul, MN...Had contract purchased for American League Wild Card Series vs. Houston...Made major league debut in Game 2 of AL Wild Card on September 30 vs. Houston, batting sixth and starting in rightfield...went 1-for-4, singling in second at-bat off Jose Urquidy...became first player in baseball history to record a Postseason hit before a regular season hit...Became third player in baseball history to make major league debut in Postseason game, joining Kansas City’s Adalberto Mondesi (2015 World Series) and Oakland’s Mark Kiger (2006 American League Championship Series) - first player to ever start...Became second player in club history to wear uniform number 76 (Felix Jorge - 2017)...Ranked number one prospect and best hitter for average in Twins system by Baseball America (27th overall prospect in baseball)...also ranked Twins second best prospect by MLB.com (27th in baseball).
Began season as ninth best prospect in baseball by MLB.com, 15th best by Baseball America and 39th best by Baseball Prospectus...Spent entire fourth professional season with Double-A Pensacola...Spent two stints on the Injured List, both times suffering from a right wrist sprain: April 4-May 2 and again June 3-20...Named Twins minor league Player of the Week August 25, hitting .444 (12-for-37) with one double, one home run, five RBI and a 1.075 OPS...Hit .302 (76-for-252) with 15 doubles and seven home runs vs. right-handed pitching and .244 (30-for-123) with three doubles and two home runs vs. lefties...played 41 games in rightfield, 35 games at first base, eight games in leftfield and 10 as designated hitter...Hit .381 (8-for-21) with one double, four home runs, eight RBI and a 1.435 OPS in five Postseason games for the Blue Wahoos...hit ninthinning grand slam in Game 1 of semifinals at Biloxi but Wahoos lost on walk-off in the 10th inning...Named second-best prospect and best hitter for average in Twins minor league system by Baseball America following season.
Began season with Single-A Cedar Rapids...named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 5, hitting .333 (8-for-24) with four doubles, one home run, six RBI and six runs scored in six games for the Kernels...named Midwest League Player of the Week May 28-June 3, hitting .433 (13-for-30) with two doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and eight runs scored...named Midwest League Player of the Month for May, hitting .360 (41-for-114) with 11 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 25 RBI and 21 runs scored...named Midwest League Midseason All-Star, after hitting .333 (84-for-252) with 20 doubles, 13 home runs, 56 RBI and 84 runs scored...promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers on June 21...named Florida State League Player of the Week for the Week of July 16-22, hitting .577 (15-for-26) with six doubles, one triple, one home run, six RBI and nine runs scored...named Twins minor league Player of the Week for same period...named Florida State League Player of the Month in July, hitting .396 (40-for-101) with 12 doubles, two home runs, 20 runs scored and 20 RBI...named to 2018 SiriusXM Futures Game and started for Team USA, going 2-for-2 with two singles and a run scored...went 7-for-9 with a home run, one RBI and two runs scored in the FSL Playoff Semifinals...combined to hit .348 (178-for-512) with 44 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs, 101 RBI, 75 runs scored and a .970 OPS in 130 games between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers on the season...became first Twins minor leaguer with 100-plus RBI since Adam Brett Walker had 106 for Double-A Chattanooga in 2015...ranked 10th best prospect in baseball by MLB.com...led all of minor league baseball in doubles and ranked second in hits and batting average, and seventh in RBI and OPS...given the Sherry Robertson Award as Twins minor league Player of the Year...ranked second best prospect in Twins system by Baseball America entering 2019.
Missed entire season due to Tommy John surgery on left elbow...ranked the third-best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America entering 2018...rated 98th-best prospect in baseball by MLB.com entering season and sixth best in the Twins organization by same website.
Began professional career with Rookie-Elizabethton...earned Appalachian League Player of the Week honors July 24...named Appalachian League Player of the Year and Postseason All-Star...named third best prospect in Twins organization by Baseball America following the season.