Alejandro Kirk Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 8" / 265 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 11/6/1998 (22)
Alejandro Kirk Season Stats
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Alejandro Kirk News
Toronto Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk had a nice day at the plate on Sunday, going 2-for-4 in the team's 5-4 loss to the Mets. The 22-year-old logged a single and a double to take his batting average up to .255 on the year as he's now 3-for-7 since returning from the IL. Kirk has been out since May 1 with a hip strain and should receive a good amount of playing time with Danny Jansen back on the shelf indefinitely. Kirk has enough upside for managers to take a shot on rostering him in two-catcher formats, especially for those in need of a batting average stabilizer.
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that catcher Alejandro Kirk (hip) needs "a couple more games" before he's ready to be activated from the injured list. "He's still young so he's still got to catch some games in Triple-A. That's going to be good for him," Montoyo said. Kirk has been out since early May with a left hip flexor injury. Danny Jansen returned from the injured list on Saturday, too, so Kirk won't be guaranteed regular playing time when he returns to Toronto. Montoyo sees Reese McGuire continuing to see plenty of playing time. McGuire has earned it by slashing .302/.350/.406 with a homer, 14 runs scored and six RBI in 96 at-bats so far in 2021, giving him some value in two-catcher leagues while he continues to see most of the playing time behind the dish in Toronto.
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said that one of catchers Danny Jansen (hamstring)/Alejandro Kirk (hip) could rejoin the team this weekend. Jansen went on the injured list three weeks ago with a hamstring strain and was hitting just .157/.248/.278 with three home runs and eight RBI in 108 at-bats at the time of his injury. Kirk is eligible to come off the 60-day injured list on Thursday. He also has three home runs and eight RBI on the season in 40 at-bats and could become relevant in two-catcher leagues if he sees regular playing time upon his return. Reese McGuire has been doing most of the backstop work with both Jansen and Kirk on the sidelines in recent weeks.
Danny Jansen's hold on the starting catcher role in Toronto could be on thin ice with Alejandro Kirk waiting in the wings. Kirk might need a bit more seasoning, as he skipped a few levels in the minors on his way to the big club. With the Blue Jays primed for a run at the American League East division this year, if Jansen struggles, Kirk could be back in the majors for good in 2021. The bat tool is real -- ATC projects Kirk for nine home runs in 300 at-bats, coupled with a robust .272 batting average. He's also off to a very strong start this spring but he's in competition with Reese McGuire, who is out of minor-league options and is a stronger defensive catcher. Grab Kirk as a handcuff if you own Jansen in a draft-and-hold league. If he makes the major league roster out of spring training, he's an instant pickup. If not, keep a close eye on his minor league progress early on in 2021.