FORT MYERS, Fla. — Alex Kirilloff feels he’s ready to handle the rigors of the major leagues on a daily basis.

The question is: Do the Minnesota Twins feel the same way?

The Twins showed their faith in Kirilloff, one of the organization’s top prospects, last September when they called him up and added him to the playoff roster after he spent all of last season training and preparing at the Twins’ alternate site in St. Paul.

At some point in 2021, Kirilloff, an outfielder who also has been getting reps at first base, looks primed to become a regular. The question is when.

Should the Twins leave Kirilloff at Triple-A for most of April, playing for the St. Paul Saints, they could gain an extra year of club control during the prime of his career. But Kirilloff, 23, isn’t focused on how that plays out. Instead, he’s concerning himself with things that are in his control.

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“As you get older, you’re just kind of aware of stuff that can happen like that. But for me, I’m more focused on the playing side and … getting ready,” Kirilloff said. “There’s a lot of details and stuff that I go through throughout my day, trying to prepare for the season. I’ve got enough to worry about on the baseball side.”

There isn’t one or two things the prized prospect needs to do this spring to impress them, manager Rocco Baldelli said. They know what kind of player he is, what kind of worker he is, how he handles situations. Kirilloff was the Twins’ first-round draft pick in 2016. He has a .317 batting average with 36 home runs in 279 games over the course of his minor-league career.

Baldelli said it’s been a tough year throughout baseball assessing players without a traditional minor-league season last year. Without games, there’s less information they can use for evaluation — players at the alternate site last year played plenty of intrasquad games but never faced another team.

Still, Kirilloff has positioned himself well to be exactly where he wants to be on Opening Day, even if the Twins aren’t ready to commit to anything just yet.

“We’re going to have to wait and see how this spring plays out, see how it plays out for everybody else on our roster, and see what things look like three weeks from now,” Baldelli said. “We’ll be sitting there and have a pretty good feel for it by then. … I think if he goes out there and continues to put in the work on a daily basis the way he always does, he’s going to give himself every opportunity.”

To ready himself, Kirilloff spent a portion of the offseason working out at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Fort Myers, where he had a chance to work with hitting coach Edgar Varela. Both live in the area during the offseason.

“One of the focuses for me just from the offensive side is to get more backspin to right field,” he said. “Sometimes I top-spin balls that should have more carry, that I want to see be able to carry to the right-centerfield bleachers. Sometimes I top-spin them. So we were working on that. Staying through inside pitches and kind of get that backspin to right field.”

This spring, he will spend time working at first base, as well as in both right and left field. Left field is likely the position he will wind up playing after the Twins non-tendered Eddie Rosario this offseason. Though he has primarily played in right over the course of his minor-league career, he said he feels comfortable in left, too.

After a season without regular competition, he said he’s ready for games with nine players on each side — sometimes a luxury at the alternate site — and if all goes well, he’s ready to return to the majors as soon as April 1, now even “hungrier to get back there” after his first taste of big-league competition last year.

“I’ve worked hard my whole career. I feel like I’ve learned a lot in the minor leagues,” Kirilloff said. “Ultimately, this camp, I’ve just got to do my best and get ready for a season regardless of where I start out at. Just try to take care of my body, stay healthy and just see what happens on April 1st.”