As the Major League Baseball draft approaches, we learn each and everyday about the endless amounts of young talent on the baseball field. Alex Kirilloff fits into that field of players.
The 6-foot-2 Pennsylvania native will be graduating from Plum High School in 2016 and is committed to Liberty University in Virginia. Everything could change come June as Kirilloff is projected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming MLB draft.
“I’m super excited as the draft approaches,” Kirilloff said. “Professional baseball and playing in the major leagues has been a dream of mine ever since I could stand up and hit off a tee. It’s been something I’ve been working for and training towards and so to hopefully have the opportunity it will be a dream come true.”
Kirilloff, the winner of the Perfect Game All-American Home Run Derby, is staying focused and looking forward to an exciting spring season with Plum.
“My first and foremost main goal is to win a championship with my high school team,” Kirilloff said. “You can’t really be submersed in who is at the games and who is watching. I am trying not to get too worked up about it and I am just going to take things as they come.”
The high school standout not only has a sweet swing, but an important effect on the community as well.
“Helping people out is something I have always enjoyed doing,” Kirilloff said. “When someone can think that highly of you, not only as a baseball player, but as person, and for someone to be able to come to you for help in situations is really rewarding for me.”
Kirilloff is known for his play at first base, but is making the move to centerfield in 2016 to show off more of his speed and range.
“A lot of the consensus from scouts has been not to waste my speed at first base,” the 2016 graduate explained. “First base has been my position growing up because my dad has always had travel teams and I used to play guys that were four or five years older than me so they were always a lot faster than me.”
“I am also a lefty,” Kirilloff said. “Once I started playing kids closer to my age and developed more speed I started playing more outfield. Centerfield is more projectable and valued on the diamond.”
Kirilloff is a great fan of the game of baseball as well, but doesn’t model his game after anyone in particular.
“I watch a lot of baseball,” he said. “I don’t model myself after one specific guy. I like to take different things from different players. I don’t want to be the guy that wants to be the next so and so, I want to be an individual and I want to be the next Alex Kirilloff not the next whoever.”
As the 2016 high school baseball season continues to approach, we certainly know one thing: Kirilloff is continuing to work hard on and off the field and is on track for a very exciting June.