Alejandro Kirk

23-Year-Old CatcherC
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Kirk is the type of player that is often overlooked as he is a bowling ball at 5-foot-8, 265 pounds. He's given the fantasy community reason to be excited about his bat, however, posting above-average slash lines in his two MLB seasons so far. His 2021 wasn't nearly as good as his short run in 2020 (165 wRC+), but Kirk still managed eight homers while striking out a mere 22 times in 189 plate appearances (11.6%). He missed multiple months with a left hip flexor strain, spent some time in the minors and didn't end on a particularly strong note, batting .200 over the final month of the season. Meanwhile, Danny Jansen exploded for a .310/.365/.707 line over the final month, creating some questions about Kirk's role behind the dish to begin 2022. Kirk's framing didn't grade out well last year and the Blue Jays have another exciting catcher in the pipeline in Gabriel Moreno, but Kirk already showed at ages 21 and 22 that he can easily clear the low offensive bar at the position. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#217
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$Signed a contract with the Blue Jays in September of 2016.
Not starting Friday
CToronto Blue Jays
May 20, 2022
Kirk will be on the bench Friday against the Reds.
ANALYSIS
Kirk has held onto regular playing time even after Danny Jansen returned from an oblique injury, starting twice behind the plate and twice as the designated hitter through six games. He's hitting .311/.373/.467 with more walks (five) than strikeouts (four) over his last 14 games, but he'll hit the bench here with Jansen behind the plate and George Springer serving as the designated hitter.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+24%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+49%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .893 88 8 4 11 0 .312 .386 .506
Since 2020vs Right .722 236 22 6 23 0 .251 .331 .391
2022vs Left .653 27 0 0 0 0 .280 .333 .320
2022vs Right .690 89 7 1 7 0 .263 .348 .342
2021vs Left .988 60 8 4 11 0 .314 .400 .588
2021vs Right .663 129 11 4 13 0 .211 .295 .368
2020vs Left 2.000 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2020vs Right 1.265 18 4 1 3 0 .471 .500 .765
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+342%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .844 158 20 5 20 0 .294 .373 .471
Since 2020Away .672 172 10 5 14 0 .234 .308 .364
2022Home .713 50 2 0 4 0 .286 .380 .333
2022Away .657 66 5 1 3 0 .254 .318 .339
2021Home .825 90 14 4 13 0 .260 .344 .481
2021Away .711 99 5 4 11 0 .227 .313 .398
2020Home 1.265 18 4 1 3 0 .471 .500 .765
2020Away .286 7 0 0 0 0 .143 .143 .143
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Stat Review
How does Alejandro Kirk compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
1.18
 
BB Rate
11.2%
 
K Rate
9.5%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.069
 
AVG
.267
 
OBP
.345
 
SLG
.337
 
OPS
.681
 
wOBA
.305
 
Exit Velocity
83.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
25.0%
 
Barrels/PA
2.1%
 
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2021 Fantasy Outlook
Whoever is reading this might look more like a pro athlete than Kirk does, but he's the one who jumped over Double-A and Triple-A and hit .375 in his first 25 MLB plate appearances as a 21-year-old. The 5-foot-9, 220-pound backstop's innate bat-to-ball ability is what allowed him to ascend so rapidly through the minors. Toronto might also be viewing this as his athletic prime, as he really can't afford to lose what little agility he still possesses. There are obviously questions about his defense behind the dish, but so far he has proved adequate enough to at least work in a timeshare. Additionally, Kirk has enough power to bang out double-digit home runs in a full season. He will be competing with Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire this spring. Toronto could send him to Triple-A for a bit more seasoning, but he's a solid bet to be a good fantasy catcher if and when he plays.
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Heads to bench
CToronto Blue Jays
May 16, 2022
Kirk will sit Monday against the Mariners.
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Slugs first homer
CToronto Blue Jays
May 5, 2022
Kirk went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday against the Guardians.
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Riding pine Wednesday
CToronto Blue Jays
May 4, 2022
Kirk isn't starting Wednesday against the Yankees.
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Not starting Friday
CToronto Blue Jays
April 29, 2022
Kirk is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Astros.
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Provides only offense in win
CToronto Blue Jays
April 29, 2022
Kirk went 2-for-4 with an RBI during Thursday's 1-0 win over the Red Sox.
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