PA Cyber student top baseball prospect
Nov 3, 2015
PA Cyber has schooled its share of elite athletes over the years – those talented physical specimens whose high school years are dominated by the training and competitive demands of their hoped-for future sports careers.
There aren't any whose prospects have been brighter than those of baseball player Alex Kirilloff, a senior from Plum, Pa.
Alex is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound, power-hitting first baseman and the No. 17 overall top baseball prospect in the nation.
He already has a verbal commitment to play college ball at Liberty University, but that could very well change depending upon how high he goes in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.
Just recently, Alex was the highlight player on a prospect team called the Baseball U Bonsall Bats at the annual Perfect Game WWBA World Championships in Jupiter, Fla. An article written about him in connection with that event (Jupiter 3-peat for Classic slugger) called him a throwback first baseman in the mold of Don Mattingly, John Olerud and Rod Carew – pretty heady company.
The championship game in Jupiter at the end of October was only one of many games at one of many fields in a baseball multiplex at which the number of future prospects only barely surpassed the horde of scouts on hand from colleges and major league teams.
Every one of those scouts knew who Alex Kirilloff was, if for no other reason than the fact that he won the Home Run Challenge at the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park in San Diego this past Aug. 16.
Alex "showed ridiculous power" in hitting 23 home runs in actual time at bat of about six and a half minutes, over two rounds of competition.
Just a few names of players invited to previous Perfect Game all-star games include Christian Colón, Gerrit Cole, Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, Eric Hosmer, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, and Neil Walker.
The Perfect Game appearance capped off a busy summer for Alex. He told a sports writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that, "I haven't been home since early June...It's like minor league baseball. I get to stay in hotels and play baseball every day."
Parents Dave and Laura Kirilloff have raised Alex and his younger sister Sophia with a strong emphasis on academic achievement in school and devotion to their Christian faith. Helping to nurture that was their enrollment in a local Christian Academy. Sophia still attends the faith-based school, but Alex opted for PA Cyber during his ninth grade year in order to be able to play baseball for Plum High School.
Alex, who also pitches, helped the Plum Mustangs win their Quad-A Section Championship this past spring. A No. 2 seed in the WPIAL playoffs, Plum made it to the quarterfinals before losing 1-0 to Shaler.
The WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association selected Alex as the 2015 Quad-A Player of the Year.
"The ability to travel and train and go to school from anywhere" were keys to making PA Cyber the right choice for Alex, his mom said. He's been able to continue top academic performance while maintaining a frenetic schedule of playing in tournaments and on showcase teams across the country over his high school years.
Alex's baseball success has been an emotional high for no one more than his father, Dave, whose own baseball dreams were cut short by a blood clot caused by being hit by a line drive when he was throwing batting practice.
Baseball has continued to be central to Dave Kirilloff's life as a scout, college coach, and now private trainer. He provides individual instruction, camps, travel teams, and facilities through his business, Baseball 19, located in Cranberry Township. Baseball 19 will soon move into a new 6,000-square-foot facility at Pittsburgh Mills in Tarentum, Pa., featuring an indoor field with speed and agility training areas, a pitching mound and five batting tunnels.
Practically growing up in a batting cage, with a loving father, who also is a professional baseball coach, has proven a successful formula so far for Alex's development as a baseball player.
Alex's mom Laura said their son's development as a person, however, is uppermost in their wishes for his future.
He wants a professional career in baseball and has worked hard toward achieving that goal, but he always says that whatever success he might have will be used to help others.
Baseball is great, she said, but his faith and his character are more important to him.
Casie Colalella / email@example.com
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Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.