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Former Plum star Kirilloff to compete in Midwest League Home Run Derby

Doug Gulasy
| Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8:03 p.m.
Former Plum standout Alex Kirilloff, a top prospect for the Minnesota Twins, missed last season after having Tommy John surgery.
Brace Hemmelgarn | Minnesota Twins
Former Plum standout Alex Kirilloff, a top prospect for the Minnesota Twins, missed last season after having Tommy John surgery.

Alex Kirilloff first gained widespread baseball notoriety when he won a national home run derby after his junior year of high school.

Now the former Plum star will get a chance to take a professional derby crown.

Kirilloff, the Minnesota Twins' 2016 first-round pick, will compete in the Class A Midwest League's Home Run Derby on June 19 in Lansing, Mich.

The 20-year-old Kirilloff, a member of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Kernels, is tied for the Midwest League lead with 11 home runs this season and leads the league with 50 RBIs, 74 hits and 134 total bases. He was named a starter for the Midwest League All-Star Game, which will follow the home run derby.

Kirilloff has experience with home run derbys. He claimed the title at the 2015 Perfect Game All-American Classic Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego, Calif.

Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at dgulasy@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.

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