LINEUP OUTLOOK: Discipline drives Kirk into cleanup, McCutchen moves up, Díaz leads off

Discerning between a hot streak and sustained success can be difficult. Especially when assessing hitters. However, patience at the plate can mitigate regression. In this week's focus on lineups, three hitters with more walks than strikeouts emerged during researching batting order trends, making them this week's themed three players of interest. 

Alejandro Kirk (C, TOR)

In draft season, Danny Jansen represented a late round dart throw at catcher, but somehow Kirk flew beneath the radar. Perhaps his plucky stature, concerns about playing time or being potential trade bait depressed his stock. However, he's hit fourth for the Blue Jays in his last 12 starts, and will do so once again in Thursday's game versus Tampa Bay as the designated...


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