Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff may be making his big-league debut on one of the biggest stages in the game.
Kirilloff, who was the 15th overall selection in the 2016 draft, has been practicing with the Twins’ taxi squad in St. Paul after the coronavirus pandemic canceled all minor league baseball games.
He’ll replace Josh Donaldson on the Twins’ roster for the best-of-three wild card series that starts Monday at Target Field against the Houston Astros.
In three minor league seasons – he missed the 2017 season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery—Kirilloff has never played above Class AA.
Kirilloff has played 279 minor league games with Elizabethton (rookie), Ft. Myers (A), Cedar Rapids (A), and Pensacola (AA), and has a .317 batting average with 36 home runs and 177 runs batted in.
Kirilloff would not be the first to make his major league debut in the postseason in the modern era.
In 2006, Mark Kiger entered an ALCS game as a defensive replacement for the Oakland A’s against the Detroit Tigers. He did not come to bat in the game.