Kirilloff, 24, was a highly touted prospect, being selected by the Twins 15th overall in 2016. As he worked his way up to the big leagues, he was considered among the top 35 prospects in baseball for three straight years from 2019 to 2019. 2021.
However, he was repeatedly dogged by problems in his wrist, even going back to his time in the minors. After making his MLB debut in early 2021, he landed on the IL in May of that year with a wrist sprain. He returned a few weeks later but went to the IL again in July with a wrist ligament year that ended up ending his season. Here in 2022, he landed on the shelf in April due to wrist inflammation and returned in May, though a wrist injury sent him to the IL yet again in August.
Through 104 games at this point in his career, Kirilloff hasn’t impressed much, putting up a line of .251/.295/.398. That adds up to a wRC+ of just 90, 10% below league average, though it’s fair to wonder how much these persistent wrist issues are keeping him from reaching his full potential.
MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park relays some more details from Kirilloff about the surgery, which he first discussed as a possibility back in May. It will apparently involve manually breaking his elbow, shortening it to create more space, and then inserting a plate and screws.
Aaron Gleeman of The Soccer Club broadcasts a word from an administrator Rocco Baldelli about the situation. “Anytime you’re talking about shaving a bone or shortening a bone, that’s a major procedure,” Baldelli said. “But we’re hoping that by getting it down now, it gives us a chance to use the offseason to get it right, start swinging the bat again, feel good and start getting ready for next year.”
Kirilloff and the Twins will hope the surgery pays dividends in the long run. Soon the club will probably use Luis Arraez and Jose Miranda cover first base, per Miguel Sano having recently been placed on the 60 day IL. As for the out-of-field image, Byron Buxton is dealing with a sore knee and has been DHing, last on the field about a week ago. Max Kepler just got back from the IL and can have one crack, with Nick Gordon probably taking another most days, with Jake Cave and Gilberto Celestino also in the mix.