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Kevin Pillar | Outfielder | #11

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 slugged his seventh home run of the season Wednesday in the Blue Jays' win over the Brewers.
It was a solo shot in the fourth inning off Brewers starter Matt Garza. Pillar is already up to seven home runs through just 45 games this season after totaling seven home runs over 146 games in 2016. He finished 1-for-5 in Wednesday's win at Miller Park. May 24 - 4:30 PM

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Blue Jays activated OF Kevin Pillar from the restricted list.

Pillar is back from his two-game suspension. The Blue Jays banned him for using a homophobic slur during a confrontation with Braves reliever Jason Motte on Wednesday night. Pillar will man center field and bat leadoff Saturday against Baltimore.
May 20 - 4:43 PM

Blue Jays suspended OF Kevin Pillar two games for using a homophobic slur during a confrontation with Jason Motte Wednesday against the Braves.

The salary Pillar will forfeit during his two-game ban will be given to charity. The Blue Jays released this statement: "The Toronto Blue Jays are extremely disappointed by the comments made by Kevin Pillar following his at-bat during the 7th inning of last night's game. In no way is this kind of behavior accepted or tolerated, nor is it a reflection of the type of inclusive organization we strive to be." Pillar, who has already apologized for his remarks, will return Saturday against the Orioles.
May 18 - 4:43 PM

Kevin Pillar has acknowledged using a homophobic slur Wednesday after a quick-pitch strikeout by Braves reliever Jason Motte.

Pillar apologized on his personal Twitter account Thursday afternoon: "Last night, following my at-bat in the 7th inning, I used inappropriate language toward Braves pitcher Jason Motte. By doing so I had just helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today. I'm completely and utterly embarrassed ... I have apologized personally to Jason Motte, but also need to apologize to the Braves organization and their fans, and most importantly, to the LGBTQ community for the lack of respect I displayed." The center fielder could be facing a short suspension.
May 18 - 2:19 PM

Major League Baseball is investigating whether Kevin Pillar used a homophobic slur during a heated on-field exchange Wednesday with Braves reliever Jason Motte.

Motte threw a quick-pitch to strike out Pillar in the top of the seventh inning and the Blue Jays center fielder took offense. If the evidence proves he used homophobic language when confronting Motte, a suspension could be coming. Yunel Escobar was suspended three games by the Blue Jays in 2012 after taking the field with a derogatory term for homosexuals inscribed on his eye-black.
May 18 - 11:37 AM

Kevin Pillar stayed hot Tuesday, slugging his sixth home run of the season in the Blue Jays' loss to the Braves.

Pillar doubled and scored in the fourth inning and hit a solo shot in the fifth inning off Braves starter Jaime Garcia, finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. The 28-year-old center fielder has an excellent .313/.365/.509 batting line in 40 games this season for Toronto.
May 16 - 7:24 PM

Kevin Pillar launched a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday as the Blue Jays topped the Mariners 3-2.

Pillar ended the game with his drive over the left-center field wall off Mariners closer Edwin Diaz. The rangy 28-year-old been on an offensive tear over the last week-plus and now boasts a .314/.369/.497 batting line with five home runs, 11 RBI, six stolen bases, and 24 runs scored in 38 games this season.
May 14 - 4:41 PM

Kevin Pillar continued his hot-hitting in Saturday's win over the Mariners, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

Pillar also plated a run with a sacrifice fly and swiped his sixth base of the season in the contest. He has been a tremendous table-setter out of the leadoff spot for the Blue Jays, slashing .315/.368/.483 with four homers and 10 RBI.
May 13 - 4:40 PM

Kevin Pillar stayed hot in Friday's victory over the Mariners, going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Pillar also drew a walk and swiped his fifth base of the season in the ballgame. He has been a steady and consistent performer atop the Jays' lineup this season, slashing .303/.361/.469 with four homers and nine RBI.
May 12 - 10:04 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-5 with a double as the Blue Jays came from behind to beat the Rays on Friday.

Pillar plated a run with an RBI double in the eighth inning and came around to score as well. He has been outstanding out of the leadoff spot for the Blue Jays, hitting .314/.357/.504 with four homers and nine RBI.
May 5 - 10:47 PM

Kevin Pillar had an incredible day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Rays, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a homer.

Pillar also walked, reaching base safely in each of his five plate appearances. He also scored three of the club's four runs in the contest. His solo homer in the seventh inning briefly increased the Jays' advantage to 3-1, but they were unable to hold onto that lead. With the four-hit attack, he's now hitting an impressive .326/.366/.547 with four homers and eight RBI on the year.
Apr 28 - 10:27 PM

Kevin Pillar finished 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Pillar pushed his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .372 (16-for-43) during the impressive stretch, raising his average from .231 to .319 since April 11. Devon Travis struggled in the leadoff role, but Pillar has stepped up since taking over and been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary opening month for the Jays.
Apr 23 - 2:55 AM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 and swiped his first two bases of the season Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Pillar has been leading off as a result of Devon Travis's struggles, and he has his average up to .345 at the moment. He's likely to disappoint again if he's left in the leadoff spot for too long, but he's certainly worth playing in mixed leagues while occupying the spot.
Apr 19 - 10:27 PM

Kevin Pillar homered and doubled in the Blue Jays' loss to the Orioles on Sunday.

Pillar cranked a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Orioles left-hander Vidal Nuno, but the Jays were down 11-2 before those two runs were put up on the board. It was the first home run of the season for Pillar, who's batting .283/.313/.391 through 12 regular-season games.
Apr 16 - 5:05 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a sac bunt in the Jays' 5-2 win over the Orioles on Tuesday.

Pillar is a bottom-of-the-lineup kind of guy, but he could occupy the leadoff spot on Opening Day if Devon Travis opens up on the DL. He's been there most of the spring, and he's batting .350 in 40 at-bats.
Mar 21 - 4:34 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Chris Coghlan
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Joe Biagini
7Mike Bolsinger
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4J.P. Howell
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7Danny Barnes
8Glenn Sparkman
9Bo Schultz
10Dominic Leone