I’ve long been one of Alex Kirilloff’s biggest backers. I’ve highlighted his prospect pedigree. I’ve trumpeted his batted-ball metrics. I even christened him one of my eight breakout players for the second half.
But now, for maybe the first time, I’m losing faith. The pain in his right wrist, which was addressed via surgery last July and was supposedly overcome during a minor-league stint earlier this year, has returned. It prevented him from swinging a bat over the weekend and will require a medical evaluation Monday.
It probably explains why his average exit velocity has cratered to 86.2 mph since his two-homer game July 5, but at this point, that’s beside the point. What’s it going to take for him to get that wrist right? Will he ever, or will continued flare-ups preempt what could be a productive career?
It’s Dynasty leagues where my concern is the greatest. I don’t know that I’d be in a big hurry to drop Kirilloff in redraft, particularly not a five-outfielder format. Maybe the evaluation will reveal that a few days’ rest is all he needs, which would mean that the second-half breakout is still very much on the table. But the hope is so fleeting by now that I wouldn’t blame anyone for moving on.
Here are some of the players you might consider picking up instead.
Possible waiver wire pickups