When the 2022 All-Star Game rolls around next month, the Toronto Blue Jays are expected to be well represented for a second straight season and one of those spots could potentially be awarded to catcher Alejandro Kirk.
Granted, in most circumstances, Kirk doesn’t immediately stand out in your mind when you think of all-star players on Toronto’s roster. That’s certainly understandable. But that might begin to change over the next few weeks.
As each day passes, the more traction Kirk’s all-star campaign gains as he’s currently putting together a very strong case for himself. At the moment, the 23-year-old stands as one of the hottest hitters in the majors, which has recently sparked this lively debate.
Since May 23, the 5’8″ backstop is hitting .425/.500/.825 with four home runs, four doubles, and nine RBIs over his last 46 plate appearances. His latest blast came during his club’s series finale versus the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. A solo shot that came off the bat at 108.9 m.p.h. and traveled an estimated 416 feet to left field.
Cleared for liftoff @alejandro_kirk pic.twitter.com/HwkIqqHiyd
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 5, 2022
Digging deeper, Kirk is also carrying a remarkable .400 ISO, .394 BABIP, .557 wOBA and a 276 wRC+ score during this recent hot streak. He leads all Blue Jays hitters with a 1.1 fWAR rating, as well.
This current offensive explosion has instantly helped Kirk improve off his slow start, which saw him slash .232/.323/.232 with zero extra-base hits across his first 65 plate appearances of the season. That resulted in a very forgettable April, although he still posted more walks (nine) …
Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation