Alejandro Kirk Toronto Blue Jays

Age: 23 (November 06, 1998) | 5' 8" | 265lbs. | Bats: Right C-44 DH-8
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
TOR A 2019 21 77 15 23 18 8 6 1 3 8 1 0 .299 .427 .519 19 8 .299 n/a
TOR A+ 2019 71 233 26 67 38 31 25 0 4 36 2 0 .288 .395 .446 14 11 .317 n/a
TOR AL 2020 9 24 4 9 1 4 2 0 1 3 0 0 .375 .400 .583 4 16 .421 55/20/25 4 4
TOR AAA 2021 14 49 7 17 5 9 3 0 2 13 0 0 .347 .393 .531 9 16 .375 n/a
TOR AL 2021 60 165 19 40 19 22 8 0 8 24 0 0 .242 .328 .436 10 12 .234 41/20/39 5 5
TOR AL 2022 135 457 59 133 61 55 19 0 14 62 0 0 .291 .376 .425 12 10 .304 50/19/31 17 17
Career 3yrs 204 646 82 182 81 81 29 0 23 89 0 0 .282 .365 .433 11 11 .290 n/a
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Reaches base three times Thursday
July 29, 2022
Kirk went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double and an RBI in Thursday's win over the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
The 23-year-old hasn't let his first career All-Star appearance go to his head. Kirk has five multi-hit performances in his last 11 games dating back to July 12, batting .356 (16-for-45) over that stretch with two doubles and two homers to boost his slash line on the season to .316/.394/.490. Danny Jansen will likely see the majority of starts behind the plate now that he's healthy again, but Kirk will still be a fixture in the Blue Jays lineup while splitting his time between catcher and DH.
Alex Patton Alex
Jul 29

Erik Halterman at Rotowire:

To get a sense of just how unique his bat is, here's a table showing the highest barrel rates among players with a single-digit strikeout rate in at least 250 plate appearances in the Statcast era (since 2015):


Player
Year
PA
K%
Barrel %
Alejandro Kirk20222818.910.0
Daniel Murphy20165829.88.3
Jose Ramirez20223459.96.6
Jose Altuve20167179.86.2
Buster Posey20156238.35.5


Alex Patton Alex
Jul 12
Wednesday, June 1View in browser
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Alejandro KirkMatt OlsonChristian WalkerAdam WainwrightLuis Castillo
Alejandro KirkMatt OlsonChristian WalkerAdam WainwrightLuis Castillo

May 31, 2022 Top Performers

Batters:

Alejandro Kirk (TOR): 3-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

Matt Olson (ATL): 4-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Christian Walker (ARI): 3-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Andrew Vaughn (CHW): 4-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Jose Trevino (NYY): 3-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Jonathan Schoop (DET): 2-3, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Willson Contreras (CHC): 2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Mark Canha (NYM): 4-5, 2 RBI, 2 R

Max Kepler (MIN): 3-4, 3 RBI, 2 R

Taylor Trammell (SEA): 3-4, 4 RBI, 1 R

View All of Yesterday's Batters at Baseball-Reference.com


Alex Patton Alex
Jun 1

I see Tapia in right, Teoscar at DH.

Alejandro Kirk (C) TOR - Mar. 24
https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=15842

Kirk could have a clearer path to playing time this season than previously expected, as Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays traded Randal Grichuk to the Rockies for Raimel Tapia and Adrian Pinto on Thursday.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: While the Grichuk-for-Tapia part of the deal doesn't reduce the number of MLB-caliber players on the Blue Jays' roster, it's partially a cost-cutting move and not necessarily a straight swap in terms of talent. Grichuk has a better bat than Tapia, with the former's 102 career wRC+ easily besting the latter's career mark of 78. Prior to the trade, Toronto's optimal configuration may have seen Grichuk in the outfield and Teoscar Hernandez at designated hitter, leaving Kirk to fight for playing time behind the plate with Danny Jansen. Now, the best setup may see Hernandez in the outfield, leaving Kirk to serve as the primary DH. Kirk is young and inexperienced but has the talent to fill the role, as he produced a strong 11.0 percent barrel rate and an excellent 11.6 percent strikeout rate in 60 games last season.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 25

I project both to lose their jobs and to be fighting for the backup job by August at the latest when Gabriel Moreno should ascend to the starting role. 

The Jays have an abundance of catching depth at the high levels in the organization. 

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 26

Rotowire projects him to bat 8th against righties, watch Danny Jansen bat against lefties.

Most recent comment:

Sits in third straight
September 29, 2021
Kirk is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees.
ANALYSIS
Kirk will take a seat for the third game in a row while he remains in the midst of a cold stretch at the plate. Since his two-homer game against the Yankees on Sept. 7, Kirk is hitting .105 and reaching base at a .227 clip over a stretch of 14 contests. Kirk doesn't provide much value when he's not wielding a hot bat, so he looks like he could finish the season as the No. 2 option at catcher behind the more defensive-minded Danny Jansen.
Alex Patton Alex
Jan 26
2020: EV 95.0 HardHit 50% Barrel 5% HR/FB 20% LA 5.9 Pull 35% Cent 30% Oppo 35%
2021: EV 92.3 HardHit 47% Barrel 11% HR/FB 14% LA 14.7 Pull 38% Cent 39% Oppo 23%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '21