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Tanner Kirwer Using his Speed to his Advantage

Kirwer stole 20 bases in 22 attempts in 2019

Tanner Kirwer Using his Speed to his Advantage

September 26, 2019

Photo credit: Miguel Arcaute / Lansing Lugnuts

Photo credit: Miguel Arcaute / Lansing Lugnuts

 

Outfielder Tanner Kirwer had a big year on the basepaths for the low-A Lansing Lugnuts. Kirwer, who successfully stole 20 bases in just 22 attempts in 2019 is proud of his base swiping ability.

“The speed side of the game is definitely one of the tools that I take a lot of pride in,” said Kirwer. “I’m not a guy that’s going to hit homers. But what I can do is get on base and into scoring position for the guys who can.”

Finishing his season with 49 hits, 23 walks, and a .351 OBP after 193 at-bats split between the GCL and Lansing; was a promising sign from Kirwer in 2019.

But Kirwer also takes pride in his ability to be solid in the outfield. And with his speed, the prospect can take good routes to the ball every outing.

“Defense has always been something that I take pride in, because those plays in the outfield can save the entire game,” stated Kirwer. “If you take a play off in the outfield, and you don’t quite get to a ball, because you took a bad route, that can influence the outcome of the game.”

Logging 446 2/3 innings in the outfield in 2019; Kirwer maintained a .971 fielding percentage, and picked up four outfield assists.

Focused on getting bigger, stronger, and faster this off-season – Kirwer has big plans this winter.

“My number one goal is to get bigger and stronger, so I can get more extra base hits in the upcoming season,” explained Kirwer. “It’s also important for me to maintain, even gain speed, because I believe that’s my number one tool.”

Be sure to follow Tanner Kirwer next season, as he continues to do big things with his speed.