Kirk is out of the lineup Wednesday for Game 2 of the Blue Jays' wild-card series with the Rays. With Vladimir Guerrero serving as the team's designated hitter Wednesday and Danny Jansen starting behind the plate, Kirk will be squeezed out of the lineup. The rookie was the DH in Tuesday's 3-1 loss, going 1-for-3 with a base hit.
Kirk is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Yankees. Though he'll take a seat Wednesday, Kirk may have inched ahead of Danny Jansen as the Blue Jays' preferred backstop. The rookie made a splash while starting behind the dish in the first two games of the series, going 5-for-7 with a home run and a double. Jansen, meanwhile, has two extra-base hits in his last 16 games combined.
Kirk went 4-for-4 with a solo home run, double and three runs scored in Monday's 11-5 win over the Yankees. After going 2-for-10 to start his major-league career, the backstop broke out in a big way Monday. He singled and scored in the third, doubled and scored in the fourth and capped his night off with his first big-league long ball in the seventh. Kirk has shared time with Danny Jansen at catcher since being promoted Sept. 11, but could be in line for a larger portion of the at-bats if he can build off Monday's performance.
Kirk's contract was selected by the Blue Jays on Friday. Kirk is an interesting prospect, with an above-average arm and the potential to hit for high average, though he's making quite the jump, as he's yet to play above High-A. He produced a strong .288/.395/.446 slash line with more walks than strikeouts in 71 games at that level last season, though a significant regression should be expected given that he's skipping two levels. The Blue Jays have gotten very little at the plate from their catchers this season, however, with Danny Jansen producing a .603 OPS and Reese McGuire posting a .220 OPS, so he won't have to look all that good to earn playing time.
Kirk will be a part of the Blue Jays' 60-man roster. Kirk spent the majority of 2019 with High-A Dunedin, hitting .288/.395/.446 with four home runs and 36 RBI, which was good enough to earn him a spot in major-league camp this spring. The 21-year-old was effective in spring training in a limited sample, going 4-for-8 with four runs and two RBI before play was suspended. He'll get the chance to develop on the 60-man roster to begin the 2020 campaign.
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