This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.
While plenty of phenoms have made strides in 2018, perhaps no prospect has made a bigger jump than Alex Kirilloff of the Minnesota Twins. Kirilloff missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but the 20-year-old outfielder has quickly made up for lost time in 2018. Kirilloff destroyed Low-A pitching to begin the year, slashing .333/.391/.607 with 13 home runs and 56 RBI in 65 games. That resulted in a promotion to High-A. If possible, he has been even better in handling the bat since the bump. Kirilloff is batting a stellar .381 in 34 games at High-A Fort Myers. He is hitting an insane .525 over his last 10 games for the Miracle. Though the power has not been quite as prodigious for the lefty at this new level, he still remains among the leaders in all of the minors in terms of extra-base hits. Like the Phoenix, Kirilloff has risen from the ashes to become one of the premier outfield prospects in all of baseball.
Let's take a look at some other movers and shakers in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.
Dylan Cease, P, CHW – Michael Kopech gets all the pub, but Cease has been simply other-worldly in 2018. He's made mincemeat of the competition since being bumped from High-A to Double-A. Through five outings, Cease has a 2.83 ERA and 42:11 K:BB in just 28.2 innings. Opposing hitters are batting a putrid .188 against the 22-year-old righty, who came