2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Alejandro Kirk

by Nick Zaniboni
2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week

Welcome back to another week in the 2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week. Last week we looked at one of the best pitchers this season Sandy Alcantara. This week we will be looking at one of the ugly stepsisters of baseball, and that is a catcher. That catcher is none other than Blue Jays backstop Alejandro Kirk

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2022 Dynasty Baseball Player of the Week: Alejandro Kirk

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The Tortoise 

Let's get this out of the way; Kirk is slow. Like, really slow. He is in the bottom-sixth percentile in sprint speed in the major leagues. Granted, he is a catcher, but still, homie is slow.

Anyway, Kirk is very much like the Tortoise in other ways as well. I'm speaking of the childhood fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare." 

2021 was supposed to be a coming-out party for Kirk. Expectations were high, and I, for one, was a believer. He got a taste of the bigs in 2020 and showed out. He slashed .375/.400/.583 in 25 plate appearances. A small sample, yes, but there was excitement in dynasty managers' eyes.

In comes 2021, and we are hit with mostly disappointment. He only played in sixty games, while in those sixty, he was not what was expected. He showed some power with eight homers. However, he was hitting below .250 with a low .300's OBP. He was a replaceable catcher while many were thinking he could be the dynasty-catching darling. 

End of the Race 

That brings us to 2022, and oh man, Kirk is indeed that dude. It turns out he was just waiting for the right time to be good and that just so happens to be now. Kirk is destroying the ball and is getting on base while doing it. He is seeing red in everything except for those running percentiles. But hey, who needs to run.

What impresses me the most is he is utilizing all of the fields to get his hits. 

 

Let's look at the dummy numbers or the "Nick Numbers." Kirk is slashing .304/.395/.473, all of this production coming from a catcher who is basically a bowling ball at 5'8" 245lbs. Yet, he is sitting in one of the sexiest lineups in baseball and seems to show no signs of slowing down. 

Verdict

Kirk is the doughy darling of dynasty baseball when it comes to catchers. For that reason, I am here to tell you to SELL Kirk in any league.

This might be a preference thing, but I am not a catcher believer. I don't love rostering a catcher unless he's hitting 30 homers, and I do not believe Kirk can or will hit thirty homers.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! 


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