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Kirilloff, DellaValle make blog's Rookie of Month Team

Bill Beckner Jr.
| Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, 6:42 p.m.
Alex Kirilloff
Alex Kirilloff

With the minor league season just about finished around the country, the Off The Bench Baseball national blog had some fun like it often does and selected its Rookie of the Month team , essentially its all-star team for the season.

Two players with area ties made the 25-player list with the website admitting it gives preferential treatment given to players at higher levels, along with an additional caveat: “Only on-field performance matters, not future value or potential.”

The minors are driven my what players have done lately and this list pinpoints the hottest prospects.

A key outfielder listed as a bench player on the roster is Plum graduate Alex Kirilloff, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in 2016. The other local player is pitcher Perry DellaValle, a 27th-round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals out of Seton Hill.

The former rookie-level Appalachian League MVP, Kirilloff has skyrocketed up prospect lists as a power and contact hitter, despite missing 2017 due to Tommy John surgery. He hit .348 with 20 home runs and 101 RBIs in stints in the Florida State (Class-A Advanced) and Midwest (Class A) leagues.

Off The Bench points out that DellaValle had the best FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching), a luxury stat among many in baseball, but an impressive 1.32 number nonetheless. FIP shows what a pitcher’s earned-run average might look like over a period of time based on league average results and timing — got it?

DellaValle went 0-2 but posted a 1.97 ERA, 67 strikeouts and did not allow a home run in 45.2 innings in the rookie Gulf Coast League.

Complete roster:

CF Michael Reed (ATL)

LF Eloy Jimenez (CWS)

RF Kyle Tucker (HOU)

1B Nathaniel Lowe (TBR)

3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR)

2B Jeff McNeil (NYM)

SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (SDP)

C Christian Bethancourt (MIL)

DH Malcom Nunez (STL)

Bench

C Joey Bart (SFG)

2B/OF Brandon Lowe (TBR)

MIF Gavin Lux (LAD)

OF Alex Kirilloff (MIN)

OF Dom Thompson-Williams (NYY)

Pitchers

Starters

Perry DellaValle (STL)

Josh James (HOU)

Michael Kopech (CWS)

Patrick Sandoval (LAA)

Taylor Widener (ARI)

Bullpen

Demarcus Evans (TEX)

Caleb Frare (CWS)

Kevin Ginkel (ARI)

Colin Poche (TBR)

Pat Venditte (LAD)

Bobby Wahl (NYM)

Bill Beckner is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Bill at bbeckner@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.

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