While getting to know Alex Kirilloff, Outfielder for the Minnesota Twins, it was easy to see that although he took an unusual path, it led still led him to his dream of becoming a First Round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Alex took online classes instead of attending High School and was able to dedicate more time to his dream, a direction he felt God was leading him to.
Here's "My 10" with Alex Kirilloff, Rookie Outfielder with the Minnesota Twins:
1. What makes you stronger?
My top choices would be having supportive family and loved ones around me for encouragement, advice, and companionship. Also, having my foundation of faith in Jesus Christ is most definitely the top thing on the list.
2. What number best represents you and why?
I have always worn the number 19 whenever I've the chance. My grandma's birthday is June 19th, so my dad grew up always wearing the number 19 as well. It was kinda one of those things that was passed down from father to son.
3. What are your 3 favorite things besides baseball?
Studying God's word/ doing things for His Kingdom. 2. Spending time with my wife. 3. Going to the beach.
4. What 3 people have inspired you or influenced you the most?
My dad has definitely influenced me a lot growing up. My mom has always been there inspiring me and taking care of me. I have also been impacted a lot by a spiritual mentor of mine from the FCA organization by the name of Denny Hyland.
5. You didn't have a typical path to the draft, can you tell us a little bit of your story?
Sure, a lot of people may say that I had an unorthodox high school scenario. The main thing that was different was I didn't attend my regular public high school. I took all of my classes online through a cyber charter school. I started doing this in 9th grade and I liked it a lot. It freed up a lot of my schedule so that I could train for baseball more and really dedicate myself to what I felt the Lord's direction was in my life. Which I felt was playing it professionally one day.
6. Where or when do you feel closest to God?
Undoubtedly I feel closest to God when I take time out of my morning to read, study, reflect, and pray. I have had spurts were I have fallen out of this routine and I see a major difference from when I am consistent with it.
7. If you had to pick a lyric from a song to describe yourself, what would it be? Why?
"Greater is the one living inside of me than he who is living in the world" My strength, drive, motivation is all from the Lord. He is much greater than me and anyone else who is living in the world.
8. What does baseball mean to you and what do you think you mean to baseball?
Baseball is one of my passions and now it is my job as well. Most importantly though, it is my platform and avenue that I can use for the Lord's glory.
9. If you could be undefeated in one thing in your life, what would it be? Why?
Temptations. Resisting the world and being more like Christ.
10. What is your favorite Bible verse and how do you use it in your life and in your sport?
My favorite verse is Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work at it with all of your heart. As for the Lord and not for mankind." Whenever I sign an autograph I put this verse next to my name as a reminder. It reminds me of who I am playing and living for. Also, motivates me to do things with all of my heart for HIM!
LIFE LESSON I LEARNED IN SPORTS
Rookie Outfielder, Minnesota Twins
I would say one of the biggest life lessons that I have learned through baseball is dealing with failure. In baseball if you succeed 3 out of 10 times at the plate your whole career, you're likely to be in the Hall of Fame.
In life we are all going to fail, sin, and strike out. More importantly though is how you deal with those failures and strikeouts. That is what makes a person who they are. Anyone has the option to give up and get upset over a strike out. It is the few people that learn from it and make the change that succeed.