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Kevin Pillar | Outfielder | #11

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/4/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Cal State Dominguez Hills
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 32 (0) / TOR
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Kevin Pillar had three hits in a victory over the Yankees on Sunday.
All three hits were singles, and Pillar also scored a run. He's hitting .462 to start the year and hit the ball hard throughout the series against New York. He's going to need to hit at the top of the Toronto lineup if he's going to be worth streaming or DFS consideration this summer, however. Apr 1 - 4:45 PM

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Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer in the Blue Jays' loss to the Yankees on Thursday.

Pillar's eighth-inning shot off Dellin Betances provided the only run of the afternoon for Toronto. The rangy 29-year-old center fielder finished with a career-high 16 home runs in 154 games last season and also stole 15 bases. He has some deep-league fantasy appeal.
Mar 29 - 7:12 PM

Kevin Pillar continued his strong spring by slugging a solo home run in a loss to the Yankees on Saturday.

He went 2-for-4 in the ballgame, including a home run off reliever J.P. Feyereisen in the sixth inning. Pillar is batting .432/.457/.659 with two bombs as he gears up to begin the season as the Blue Jays' starting center fielder.
Mar 24 - 6:47 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-3 and scored a run in a win over the Orioles on Saturday.

The three singles boosted Pillar's impressive spring line to .500/.529/.719 with one homer and seven RBI in 12 games. He will serve as the Blue Jays' starting center fielder again this year after registering a .256 batting average with 16 homers, 42 RBI, 72 runs and 15 steals in 2017.
Mar 17 - 4:57 PM

Kevin Pillar finished 3-for-3 with a double and a walk Monday versus Boston.

Pillar is 13-for-25 with a homer and four doubles. It still seems likely that he'll open the year hitting low in the Jays order as long as Curtis Granderson and Devon Travis continue to impress, but manager John Gibbons is probably feeling better about his options than he was a couple of weeks ago.
Mar 12 - 4:42 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-3 and knocked in the Jays' lone run Thursday against the Pirates.

Pillar is 6-for-7 through three games. He wouldn't seem to have much to play for this spring, but if he's strong all month, it could convince John Gibbons to hit him at the top of the order, rather than the bottom.
Mar 1 - 5:37 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-2 with a double Tuesday against the Yankees.

The Jays haven't settled on a leadoff hitter, though they're hoping Devon Travis wins the job. If Travis struggles some this spring or, more likely, gets hurt again, then Pillar might be a candidate to spend some time up there, though the Jays are better off with him hitting in the bottom third of the order. Pillar just hasn't made any progress during his time as a regular; he had a .314 OBP in his first full season, but he's come in at .303 and .300 the last two years.
Feb 27 - 5:14 PM

Blue Jays and OF Kevin Pillar avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

Pillar was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The defensive wizard batted .256/.300/.404 with 16 homers and 15 steals in 2017.
Jan 12 - 5:17 PM

Kevin Pillar is not with the Blue Jays, as he's joined his wife in preparation for their child being born.

It's unclear whether Pillar might return at some point during the final weekend, but fantasy owners probably shouldn't count on it. The Jays have Ezequiel Carrera, Teoscar Hernandez and Michael Saunders in the outfield Friday, with Jose Bautista in the designated hitter spot and Kendrys Morales at first base.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:27:00 AM

Kevin Pillar had a solo homer and two walks versus the Twins on Friday.

Pillar is hitting .321 with three homers in 56 at-bats this month, putting him at .261/.306/.416 overall. That's par for the course for him, and he remains a fine regular for the Blue Jays, even though his defense seems to have slipped a tad. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he's ever going to take much of a step forward offensively.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 11:58:00 PM

Kevin Pillar went 4-for-4 with a homer Saturday in the Blue Jays' 5-4 win over the Tigers.

Pillar rattled off three singles and slugged a solo shot off Tigers reliever Warwick Saupold in the bottom of the sixth inning, finishing the day with two RBI and one run scored. The 28-year-old also made yet another terrific catch in center field. He's slashing .259/.302/.413 with 15 home runs and 14 stolen bases in 137 games this season.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 07:26:00 PM

Kevin Pillar hit his 14th home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Orioles.

O's starter Wade Miley hung a breaking ball in the fifth inning and Pillar jumped on it, swatting it over the left field wall to give the Jays a lead. His 14 homers are a career high, and the 28-year-old has an eight-game hitting streak that has upped his season line to .257/.303/.411. He's 12-for-34 with three doubles and the homer during the eight-game stretch.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 11:04:00 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-5 in Friday’s extra-inning loss to the Orioles.

Pillar had two singles and a double. Though he hasn’t shown much pop or speed recently, the 28-year-old is hitting .356 (21-for-59) over his last 16 games.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 12:21:00 AM

Kevin Pillar is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Thursday against the Rays.

It appears to be a normal day of rest for Pillar. Ezequiel Carrera will start in center field and bat sixth Thursday versus Tampa Bay right-hander Chris Archer.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 12:53:00 PM

Kevin Pillar finished 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in the Blue Jays' win over the Angels on Sunday.

Pillar kicked off the scoring in the Jays' seven-run ninth inning with a two-run shot to left-center field, and Steve Pearce capped off that astonishing frame with a walk-off grand slam. Pillar is now slashing .244/.293/.403 with 12 home runs and 25 RBI in 103 games this year.
Sun, Jul 30, 2017 05:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Lourdes Gurriel
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Aledmys Diaz
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Yangervis Solarte
LF1Curtis Granderson
2Steve Pearce
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Randal Grichuk
2Teoscar Hernandez
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Danny Barnes
3Ryan Tepera
4Aaron Loup
5Seung Hwan Oh
6Tyler Clippard
7John Axford
8Tim Mayza