It wasn’t long ago when Alex Kirilloff rivaled the likes of Wander Franco and Luis Robert for the honors of the game’s top prospect. Then came 2019. In what turned out to be a disappointing season down on the farm, Kiriloff saw his powers numbers dwindle to just 9 long balls and 43 RBI over 375 at-bats. Compare those numbers to his 13 home runs and 56 RBI in just 256 at-bats in 2018 and the regression becomes painfully clear.
The question is what caused this regression? Was it the wrist injury that zapped the power and prevented Alex from hitting his stride? Or was it the advanced pitching in AA that caused the outage? Judging by his strong finish to the season, the wrist seems to be the more likely culprit. And if that’s the case, now may be the perfect time to score a bargain on an Alex Kirilloff rookie card or two. Here’s some we’ve got our eyes on.
The Alex Kirilloff Rookie Card “Breakout Batch”
2016 Bowman Chrome
This deck of cards will likely be responsible for some incredibly high priced cards in the very near future (like this beauty of a Willie Calhoun card). We expect Alex Kirilloff to be one of them. Heck, even the auto-refractors can be found going for just a couple hundo after the little setback that was 2019. Go grab a few!
2016 Panini Elite Extra
This Panini edition DOES NOT disappoint (unlike the bonus episode of Tiger King). It includes a treasure trove of the game’s top prospects, all of which are available with that all-important ink scribbled across the surface. Last year the value of the Pete Alonso version of this card grew by leaps and bounds. This year it could be Alex’s turn.
2016 Leaf Trinity Silver Spectrum
You simply cannot beat the authenticity of this card. A little light-hearted bragging and a powerful verse from Colossians make it a MUST OWN. Oh, and Alex’s signature is also a welcome feature.
2017 Bowman Platinum
Okay, so in the real world, the value of platinum far exceeds that of chrome. However, Bowman-land is a completely different story. So if you’re looking for an Alex Kirilloff rookie card that’s easy on the wallet AND don’s the lofty Bowman name, look to this one.
More of a throw-back kinda guy? Check out these Scottie Pippen rookie cards!
Investment Rating: Risky, but the price is right!
Spending a couple of hundred bucks for a MINT autographed card of a guy who was once arguably the top prospect in the game seems to be worth the substantial risk created by the disappointing 2019 season. While many collectors may be a bit wobbly in the knees over it, just remember what ole’ Buffet always says: be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful. When it comes to Alex Kirilloff Rookie Cards, the last half of the quote seems to fit best!