Alejandro Kirk Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 8" / 265 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/6/1998 (24)
Alejandro Kirk Season Stats
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Alejandro Kirk News
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (hip) is back in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Kyle Gibson, serving as the designated hitter while batting cleanup. Kirk missed nearly a week with his injury, but he's back in there for fantasy managers on Tuesday. The 23-year-old right-handed hitting backstop is hitting a solid .289 (13-for-45) with no home runs, eight RBI and four runs scored in 11 games in the month of September. Kirk has been one of the best hitting catchers in baseball in 2022, slashing .295/.379/.432 with an .811 OPS, 13 long balls, 59 RBI and 56 runs scored in 424 at-bats in a potent Toronto lineup. Get him back into your starting lineups.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (hip) is still absent from the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday against the Baltimore Orioles. The 23-year-old backstop is going to miss his fourth consecutive contest due to tightness in his left hip. The issue isn't serious enough to warrant an IL stint as he should be available off the bench but fantasy managers need to consider him day-to-day. Danny Jansen has been filling in for the 2022 All-Star during his absence.
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk (hip) is dealing with some left hip tightness, which is why he's out of the starting lineup on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Toronto thinks Kirk could be available off the bench, though, so he's considered day-to-day. Fantasy managers need to act accordingly and move Kirk to their benches for Thursday's action. The 23-year-old has been great with the bat this year, slashing .295/.379/.432 with an .811 OPS, 13 home runs, 59 RBI and 56 runs scored in 424 at-bats. His hip injury could explain a recent cold stretch at the plate. In his absence, Gabriel Moreno will get the start behind the dish and will hit eighth against Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan. Moreno is hitting .276 (16-for-58) in 2022, but he's still searching for his first home run in his rookie season.
Alejandro Kirk enjoyed a breakout 2022 campaign, slashing .285/.372/.415 with 14 HR in 541 PAs with catcher eligibility. His 11.6 BB% exceeded his 10.7 K%, and both metrics were supported by his 5.8 SwStr% and minuscule 26.3% chase rate. Unfortunately, Kirk's contact quality metrics indicate that he might struggle to deliver a satisfactory encore. His 30.8 FB% makes it difficult to expect the roughly 20 HR most projection systems are calling for, and his 9.4 IFFB% is relatively high for a guy who isn't looking for airborne contact. Kirk's 19.2 LD% is below average as well, and grounders aren't the answer for someone who runs like a catcher. Kirk's xBA was only .278 in 2022, so he might not be a lock for anything higher. Kirk's contact-oriented profile doesn't fit the cleanup role at all, especially in a lineup with proven boppers like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. Kirk could therefore lose his spot and the counting stats that go with it. Catcher isn't the wasteland in 2023 that it has been historically, and there's little reason to take Kirk at his ADP of 99.55 due to position scarcity alone. There are too many red flags here.