C Alejandro Kirk: Signed in 2016 $7,500:
The Final Blue Jays prospect that I think has a shot to be on MLB Pipelines future top 100 prospect list is Alejandro Kirk. Blue Jays fans got a glimpse of Kirk in September last season when he came up and went on a tear, hitting .375 in a small sample size of nine games.
Kirk made a huge jump from High A to the big leagues in 2020 which is super rare to see and not only did he hold his own but he thrived against big league pitching. Kirk was always regarded as someone who made consistent contact and had a great eye at the plate, even before he got to the big leagues.
Over 151 minor league games, Kirk hit .315 with 17 home runs and walked more than he struck out. Kirk’s defence is well behind his offensive though, and this is largely due to his size as he stands at only 5”8’ and weighs 265lbs. Personally I don’t think that Kirk is going to stick behind the dish because of his size.
I can see him following in the path of Carlos Santana, who was also a big catcher that moved to first base early in his career. I think that Kirk will start in AAA and will be given the chance to catch everyday, but I think the next time we see Kirk in the bigs, it could be as a first base/DH type role.
Even with his defensive question marks, I was surprised not to see Kirk’s name on MLB Pipelines top 100 recent update because of his minor league track record and his success in the big leagues. I think that it is very realistic to expect to see Kirk’s name on this list when Pipeline updates it mid season.
Projected 2021:Start in AAA Buffalo; End In Toronto
Projected MLB Arrival (already made his debut so the next time he’s up): Mid season 2021
Projected Debut On Pipeline’s Top 100:Mid Season 2021