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Kevin Pillar | Outfielder | #11

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Dominguez Hills
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 32 (0) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Kevin Pillar delivered a two-run double in the fourth inning on Tuesday, accounting for all of the Blue Jays offense in a loss to the Diamondbacks.
Pillar smoked a Patrick Corbin offering into the gap in left-center in the fourth, pulling the Blue Jays to within a run at 3-2. He finished the night 1-for-4 and is now hitting .258/.290/.412 with seven homers, 29 RBI and six swipes on the season. Jun 21 - 11:00 PM

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Kevin Pillar finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI as the Blue Jays beat up on the Phillies 13-2 on Thursday.

Pillar did his damage late, hitting a solo shot off reliever Andrew Bailey in the seventh before lifting a two-run homer against David Hernandez an inning later. Pillar's teammate Edwin Encarnacion is grabbing headlines for the ridiculous hot streak he's riding, but the 27-year-old Pillar is now hitting .317 with five home runs in the month of June. The good start to the month has Pillar batting .262/.293/.422 with seven homers, 27 RBI and 30 runs scored on the season.
Jun 17 - 12:15 AM

Kevin Pillar singled and ripped a solo homer in Tuesday's loss to the Tigers.

Pillar's solo blast leading off the fifth inning was the first hit of the game for the Blue Jays and broke a scoreless tie. He also singled and scored in the seventh, tallying the only two runs for the Jays in the eventual extra-innings loss. Unfortunately, games like this have been few and far between for Pillar, who is sporting a .240/.271/.360 batting line.
Jun 7 - 11:35 PM

Kevin Pillar is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Friday.

He's just getting a day off. Ezequiel Carrera will replace Pillar in center field.
May 20 - 4:45 PM

Kevin Pillar had a nice afternoon in Sunday's loss to the Rangers, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two stolen bases.

Pillar also scored a run in the contest. Pillar drove in a run in the sixth inning with a fielder's choice that pulled the Blue Jays even at 2-2. He added a sacrifice fly in the seventh that increased their advantage to 6-3, but that wound up being the extent of their scoring in the contest. With the two-hit effort, Pillar is now hitting .279/.314/.415 with two homers, 15 RBI and four stolen bases on the season.
May 15 - 7:11 PM

Kevin Pillar was scratched from Saturday's game against the Rangers because of chest soreness.

It's only his second absence of the year. Ezequiel Carrera will replace Pillar in center field and bat seventh. Until we hear more, we'll assume Pillar's injury is of the day-to-day variety. He's been a solid contributor this year, hitting .273 while playing Gold Glove-caliber defense in center field.
May 14 - 7:39 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Dodgers.

Pillar came around to score after hitting a third-inning double against Dodgers starter Ross Stripling. It was his 11th two-bagger of the season. For the year, the 27-year-old outfielder is slashing .301/.341/.459 with a pair of homers and 13 RBI across his first 122 at-bats.
May 8 - 4:27 PM

Kevin Pillar crushed a go-ahead three-run homer in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Friday.

Dave Roberts made the call to intentionally walk Justin Smoak to pitch to Pillar. It backfired, as Pillar took Joe Blanton deep to put the Jays ahead in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Dodgers’ bullpen — non-Kenley Jansen division, that is — is not so good. Pillar is off to a nice start this season, batting .296/.336/.443 with two home runs and 12 RBI through 30 games.
May 6 - 10:18 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Rangers on Thursday.

Pillar had a pair of doubles among his three hits, with his double in the third inning plating two. Notably, Pillar also drew the start atop the Blue Jays' lineup against a lefty. The outfielder is batting .297/.339/.423 overall.
May 5 - 10:00 PM

Kevin Pillar is getting a day off Monday.

Ezequiel Carrera will start in center field and bat leadoff versus White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Pillar is batting just .266/.301/.342 this season.
Apr 25 - 3:39 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-3 with a walk in the Blue Jays' defeat of the Red Sox on Monday.

He also made a couple of nice defensive plays in the tricky Fenway Park outfield. Pillar is 6-for-7 with a walk since getting moved out of the leadoff spot. Maybe he can climb back up quickly.
Apr 18 - 2:25 PM

Kevin Pillar is batting eighth on Monday.

He also hit eighth on Sunday after opening the 2016 season as the Blue Jays' regular leadoff man. Michael Saunders is now being tried in that role and manager John Gibbons said he's going to "ride out" the change. It's obviously a severe dent to Pillar's fantasy stock.
Apr 18 - 9:01 AM

Kevin Pillar went 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch Friday in the loss to the Red Sox.

Pillar had a bad spring, and his OBP stands at .255 through 11 games as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter. He's certainly not going to be pulled from the lineup, but if he doesn't get hot soon, he might find himself hitting at the bottom of it, as he did last year.
Apr 15 - 10:15 PM

Kevin Pillar singled twice and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Only Pillar and No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins tallied multiple hits for the Blue Jays, and eight of the nine base knocks they had on the night were singles. Pillar is not your conventional leadoff hitter with his low on-base percentage, but he can steal a base and should score a bunch of runs in front of the powerful bats in the middle of the lineup.
Apr 5 - 10:27 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Blue Jays' 6-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Pilar has shaken off an 0-for-9 start to go 11-for-33 in his last 12 games. He's set to be the Blue Jays' everyday leadoff hitter, at least until someone better comes along. He should have quite a bit of mixed-league value while he hits up there, but this is still a guy with a .303 OBP in 804 major league at-bats.
Mar 24 - 4:56 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera