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Kirilloff, McKay get top-40 ranks in Baseball America’s top 100 prospect list

Doug Gulasy
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Former Plum standout Alex Kirilloff, a top prospect for the Minnesota Twins, missed last season after having Tommy John surgery.
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Louisville pitcher and Blackhawk graduate Brendan McKay will be in the spotlight in the NCAA Super Regional.

Alex Kirilloff is climbing the ranks in the minor leagues, and he’s climbing the minor league rankings, as well.

The former Plum star, recently promoted to High-A Fort Myers in the Minnesota Twins’ organization, jumped 50 spots to No. 38 in Baseball America’s midseason update of its top 100 prospect list.

Blackhawk graduate Brendan McKay, playing in High-A Charlotte in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, also earned a high spot, coming in at No. 26.

Kirilloff, the Twins’ 2016 first-round draft pick, wasn’t listed in Baseball America’s preseason top 100 after missing the 2017 season because of elbow surgery, but he debuted at No. 88 in the publication’s first update of the season. The 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .273 with one double, one home run and nine RBIs with Fort Myers after posting a .333 average, 13 homers and 56 RBIs at low-A Cedar Rapids before his promotion.

McKay, the Rays’ first-round draft pick last summer out of Louisville, is currently on the seven-day disabled list. A pitching and hitting standout, McKay began the season with low-A Bowling Green before earning a promotion to Charlotte. With Charlotte, he has a 2-2 record, 4.63 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 231⁄3 innings and is batting .200 with a double, a home run and nine RBIs in 50 at-bats.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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