Plum senior Kirilloff selected to all-star game
A who's who of the top players in Major League Baseball have taken part in the Perfect Game All-American Classic, and Plum rising senior Alex Kirilloff can add his name to that prestigious list.
Kirilloff, the WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association Quad-A Player of the Year for 2015, has been selected to play in the annual all-star contest, set for Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. at Petco Park in San Diego.
“It's an awesome feeling to be a part of this game,” Kirilloff said.
“When I got the call, I went nuts. I was so excited. It's been one of my goals for a while.”
Kirilloff attended a Perfect Game showcase in Fort Myers, Fla., two weeks ago, and he found out he was on the short list for the game during the showcase.
“I got fitted for a uniform and had my picture taken for baseball cards,” he said.
“It was a lot of fun.”
Two days later, he got the good news from one of the Perfect Game directors.
The Liberty University baseball recruit is one of 50 players who will play in the game.
The game will be broadcast live on the MLB Network and at SiriusXM's MLB Network Radio.
The final rosters will be announced during a selection show on Monday at 3:30 p.m. It will be streamed online at MLB.com.
Kirilloff watched the game in person at Petco last year while at an underclassmen showcase of games in San Diego.
“This is one of the top high school all-star games in the country,” Plum varsity baseball head coach Carl Vollmer said.
“It's an extreme honor for Alex, and it couldn't have happened to a better person or player. His accomplishments this summer have been so impressive. He's traveled all over the country to showcases and tournaments. He's played with and against some of the best players in the country in his age group. These players are special, and he's one of them.”
Vollmer said Kirilloff's draft status for next June continues to rise, as well.
“Alex is a shining example to younger players that hard work does pay off,” Vollmer said.
Bryce Harper (2009), Andrew McCutchen (2005), Neil Walker (2003), Buster Posey (2004), Gerrit Cole (2007) and Matt Harvey (2006) are a few of the big names to have suited up for Perfect Game All-American Classic.
For Kirilloff, the summer has been a busy one.
“It's been a long summer so far,” he said. “I haven't been home since early June. I will be coming home next week. But I've been having a lot of fun, and I am enjoying everything. It's like minor league baseball. I get to stay in hotels and play baseball every day.”
Kirilloff was in contention for a spot on the Team USA 18U squad at the recent Tournament of the Stars showcase at the USA National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.
The top 108 players attended the event, and Kirilloff made the first-week cut down to the 40-player list.
After the second week of game action, a second cut was made down to 28.
Unfortunately for Kirilloff, he found out over the weekend that he didn't make the second cut.
“I thought I did well the second week,” he said. “But it was a lot of fun. All the experiences are worth it. I have become a better player this summer.”
This past spring, Kirilloff put up strong numbers on the mound and at the plate for the Plum varsity baseball team in its march to an outright Section 4-AAAA championship.
The Mustangs earned the No. 2 seed for the WPIAL Quad-A playoffs and made it to the quarterfinals before being ousted, 1-0, by Shaler.
Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at email@example.com.