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Kevin Pillar | Outfielder

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Gregor Chisholm of writes that Kevin Pillar could be the "most likely candidate" to start in left field following the injury to Michael Saunders (knee).
He'll compete with Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Dickerson and possibly even infielder Danny Valencia, who has never played the outfield at the major league level. There's also Andy Dirks, but he's likely to begin the season at extended spring training after being limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following back surgery. Pillar is a pretty underwhelming option, which is why there's probably a good chance the Jays find a solution outside the organization. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he began making calls on Wednesday to teams with outfield depth in order to gauge trade possibilities. Feb 26 - 7:12 PM

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Kevin Pillar collected his second homer and his first steal of the year Thursday against the Mariners.

Pillar is hitting .259 in 112 at-bats since his callup, which is certainly better than last year's .206 mark in 102 at-bats. Still, his power is quite limited and he doesn't walk at all, making him quite a stretch as anything more than a reserve outfielder. The Jays can't be too optimistic about their 2015 outfield picture with Pillar and Anthony Gose currently topping the depth chart in left and center, respectively. They'll have to address both spots this winter, whether they can re-sign Melky Cabrera or not.
Thu, Sep 25, 2014 07:20:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled OF Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo.

He'll take the roster spot of Nolan Reimold, who was designated for assignment. Pillar has hit only .225/.220/.300 across 26 games for the Blue Jays this season, but he has put up big numbers in Triple-A.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Blue Jays optioned OF Kevin Pillar to Triple-A Buffalo.

Pillar has hit only .225/.220/.300 across 26 games for the Blue Jays this season. Brad Glenn has replaced him on the roster.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 03:42:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled OF Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo.

Pillar was 9-for-37 (.243) in a month-long stay with Toronto earlier this season. The 25-year-old outfielder probably won't play enough to carry fantasy relevance.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned OF Kevin Pillar to Triple-A Buffalo.

Pillar has hit .243/.237/.324 over 38 plate appearances with the big club this season. He's being replaced on the roster by reliever Bobby Korecky.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 10:09:00 AM

Blue Jays recalled OF Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo.

Colby Rasmus left Monday's game with a hamstring injury, so Pillar will serve as insurance for Toronto's outfield. The 25-year-old was hitting .305/.344/.461 with 17 extra-base hits (one home run) and five stolen bases over 34 games this season in Triple-A. He has been especially hot recently, so the Jays are hoping he'll keep it going in the majors.
Tue, May 13, 2014 02:48:00 PM

The Blue Jays are expected to call up outfielder Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo.

He'll serve as insurance for the outfield while Colby Rasmus nursing a hamstring injury. Pillar, 25, is hitting .305/.344/.461 with 17 extra-base hits (one home run) and five stolen bases over 34 games this season in Triple-A.
Tue, May 13, 2014 01:18:00 PM

Blue Jays option OF Kevin Pillar to Triple-A Buffalo.

The 25-year-old outfielder was competing for a reserve outfielder role with the Jays, but hit a disappointing .152/.172/.242 in 34 plate appearances during Grapefruit League play. He'll continue to function as organizational depth.
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored Saturday against the Rays.

It was his third home run. Pillar really struggled coming out of the gate, but he's hitting .286 (8-for-28) over his last seven games. Still, the 24-year-old has a lousy 29/4 K/BB ratio over his first 102 plate appearances in the big leagues.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 04:31:00 PM

Kevin Pillar struck out all three times he was up Wednesday and is 0-for-7 since being called up on Wednesday.

On the plus side, he did gun down Dustin Pedroia at the plate in the first inning tonight. Pillar has a chance to turn into a useful fourth outfielder down the line, but he's probably not ready to hit in the majors yet. That said, he's the Blue Jays' best option in left field with Melky Cabrera and Colby Rasmus out.
Thu, Aug 15, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Blue Jays purchased the contract of OF Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo.

Pillar, a 32nd-round pick, batted .307/.353/.461 with nine home runs and 23 stolen bases in 123 games this season between Double- and Triple-A. The 24-year-old will be making his major league debut. He could see quite a bit of playing time with Colby Rasmus (oblique) on the DL, so feel free to give him a shot in AL-only formats.
Wed, Aug 14, 2013 01:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2Matt Hague
3Daric Barton
4Jake Fox
2B1Maicer Izturis
2Ryan Goins
3Steve Tolleson
4Ramon Santiago
SS1Jose Reyes
2Jonathan Diaz
3Munenori Kawasaki
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Andy Dirks
3Chris Dickerson
CF1Dalton Pompey
2Kevin Pillar
3Ezequiel Carrera
4Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Caleb Gindl
DH1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
S1R.A. Dickey
2Mark Buehrle
3Drew Hutchison
4Marcus Stroman
5Aaron Sanchez
6Marco Estrada
7Daniel Norris
8Johan Santana
9Andrew Albers
Relief Pitcher
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Todd Redmond
4Chad Jenkins
5Ryan Tepera
6Scott Barnes
7Preston Guilmet
8Matt West
9Gregory Infante
10Jeff Francis
11Scott Copeland
12Cory Burns
13Wilton Lopez
14Greg Burke