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Twins select Alex Kirilloff with 15th overall pick

With the 15th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, the Minnesota Twins have selected Alex Kirilloff from Plum High School in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.

The Twins system has been one of the best in baseball over the past few seasons. Kirilloff joins fellow outfielders Byron Buxton—who has already graduated from the system—and Max Kepler. With Miguel Sano also moving up and converting into an outfielder, the Twins have quite the long-term wealth at that spot. However, at 18 years old, Kirilloff is still a ways from the majors, and Sano’s frame could move him to designated hitting duties.

The 6’2” 195 lbs lefty is currently committed to Liberty University in Virginia. John Sickels at Minor League ball says that his bat speed and raw power are his strengths. At a showcase at Petco Park in the summer of 2015, he won a home run derby where he hit 12 home runs in three minutes. You can read Kirilloff's interview with MLBDD here.

Kirilloff’s not just a player known for his hitting, however. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that he’s also fairly athletic, having recorded a 60 yard dash at 6.59 seconds.

On top lists before the draft,’s Prospect Watch had him ranked at 18th, while Baseball America’s Top 100 Draft Prospect list had him at 14th.