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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
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Kevin Pillar had a nice night at the plate in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox, going 4-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Pillar has made a name for himself in recent years with his tremendous defensive prowess in center field, but he has developed into an integral part of the Blue Jays offense this year. With the four-hit attack, he's now hitting .285/.348/.409 on the season. Jul 2 - 10:56 PM

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Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run as the Blue Jays topped the Mets on Wednesday.

Pillar gave the Blue Jays their first lead with an RBI single in the second inning. He added insurance in the seventh to make it 3-0 with a solo home run to left-center off of Jon Niese. Pillar has turned things up a notch in June, as Wednesday's performance marked his eighth multi-hit outburst in 14 games. He still, however, has a meager .257/.292/.376 triple-slash line with five home runs and 31 RBI.
Jun 17 - 9:45 PM

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored against the Astros on Saturday.

Pillar sparked a three-run third inning with an RBI single and added an RBI double in the fifth. While his production really dropped off for a stretch, he's hitting .414 (12-for-29) with three home runs, two doubles, and eight RBI over his last eight games.
Jun 6 - 4:28 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with a pair of home runs and four RBI as the Blue Jays topped the Nationals on Tuesday.

It was a rare offensive outburst from the outfielder, who entered Tuesday's game with a .321 slugging percentage. His first home run was a solo shot to break up a 0-0 tie in the second inning. His second put the Jays up 4-3 in the sixth inning. Pillar is up to four home runs on the season with 21 RBI and a .234/.273/.360 triple-slash line.
Jun 2 - 10:18 PM

Kevin Pillar hit a solo homer and drew a walk Saturday against the Twins.

It was his second home run of the season and his first since way back on April 12. Pillar is hitting just .184 this month, but he has now hit safely in three straight games. Perhaps he's finally snapping out of it.
May 30 - 5:11 PM

Kevin Pillar doubled in two runs versus the Indians on Thursday.

Pillar has doubled in four straight games, and he has eight two-baggers in 88 at-bats this season. He's likely to remain the Jays' primary center fielder for a spell, with Dalton Pompey taking on a lesser role once Jose Bautista returns to right field.
Apr 30 - 10:17 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored and made an outstanding catch in left field Wednesday.

Pillar is trying to make a case to remain in the starting lineup after Michael Saunders comes off the DL, something that could happen next week. He's batting .314 with a homer and three doubles in 35 at-bats so far. The Jays will almost surely go with Saunders as their left fielder against righties, but Pillar can continue to start against lefties and he could also cut into Dalton Pompey's playing time in center.
Apr 15 - 11:09 PM

Kevin Pillar finished 2-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored on Opening Day against the Yankees.

Pillar is serving as the Blue Jays' regular left fielder while Michael Saunders recovers from knee surgery and he should have considerable fantasy value throughout the month of April. Pillar, 26, hit .323/.359/.509 with 10 home runs and 27 steals in 100 games last season at Triple-A Buffalo.
Apr 6 - 4:24 PM

Kevin Pillar homered Wednesday in his return to Toronto's lineup.

It was a two-run shot off Ryan Webb. Pillar hadn't played in 11 days because of a strained oblique suffered sneezing. He's still in the mix for a spot on the Jays' roster as a part-time option in center and left.
Mar 25 - 5:52 PM

Kevin Pillar (oblique) is back in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League lineup Wednesday.

Pillar recently suffered an oblique strain from sneezing, which left him sidelined for a few days, but he's ready to go. The 26-year-old still has enough time to get ready for the season.
Mar 25 - 9:58 AM

Kevin Pillar (oblique) will return to the Blue Jays' lineup Wednesday.

Good news. Pillar suffered a slight right oblique injury when he sneezed about a week and a half ago, but he's making solid progress. Assuming he doesn't aggravate the injury, he should be good to go for the season.
Mar 24 - 11:23 AM

Kevin Pillar (oblique) will resume taking batting practice Sunday after an MRI Saturday came back clean.

The Jays sent Pillar for an MRI on his strained right oblique to see how the muscle is coming along, and it seems they liked what they saw. Assuming BP goes well, Pillar said he hopes to get into a game sometime this week. He's trending in the right direction with Opening Day approaching.
Mar 22 - 8:46 AM

Kevin Pillar (oblique) will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Pillar hasn't re-injured his right oblique strain, but rather the Blue Jays simply want to see how he's healing. Toronto is hopeful that the outfielder will be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 20 - 2:55 PM

Kevin Pillar will be sidelined for the next 7-10 days with a slight right oblique strain.

Pillar suffered the injury when he sneezed. The Blue Jays are confident that it's just a minor strain and they are hopeful Pillar will be ready in time for Opening Day.
Mar 15 - 11:07 AM

Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Felix Doubront
7Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Steve Delabar
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Liam Hendriks
6Bo Schultz
7Ryan Tepera