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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 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

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Kevin Pillar went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored on Saturday versus the Phillies.

He is having a hot spring training, now batting .500 with a 1.315 OPS in 20 at-bats. Pillar will be the Blue Jays' starting center fielder again this season. He hit .266/.303/.376 with seven home runs, 53 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 2016.
Mar 11 - 5:22 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double Sunday, lifting his spring average to .400.

Devon Travis has yet to play this spring, so Pillar has been hitting leadoff regularly. Ideally, he'll be back at the bottom of the order once the games begin to count. John Gibbons has favored Pillar as a leadoff man in the past, but the 28-year-old center fielder had a .303 OBP last season that matches his .303 career mark.
Mar 5 - 5:11 PM

Kevin Pillar underwent thumb surgery earlier this week.

Pillar tore a thumb ligament in early August on a successful steal attempt. He returned a month later and played with the injury down the stretch. Pillar has already begun rehabbing and should be ready in plenty of time for spring training. The 27-year-old hit .266 with seven homers, 53 RBI, 35 doubles and 14 steals over 146 games this season.
Source: Sportsnet
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 05:20:00 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3 with three RBI, and the Blue Jays held off the Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday.

The Jays were limited to just four hits in the win, and Pillar came through with those of those in key moments. First, his bases-loaded single in the second inning plated two runs. Then later, Pillar gave the Jays their first lead with an RBI single in the sixth. The 27-year-old is hitting .267/.303/.375 with seven homers, 53 RBI, 59 runs scored and 14 steals through 145 games this season.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 12:22:00 AM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 and stole two bases Monday against the Mariners.

Pillar seemed to have a whole lot of fantasy potential when he entered the season as the Blue Jays' leadoff man. Right now, though, he's a No. 9 hitter who has gone 66 straight games without a homer. His defense still makes him an asset to the Blue Jays, but his fantasy owners have been left very disappointed.
Tue, Sep 20, 2016 01:47:00 AM

Kevin Pillar (illness) is expected to return to the Blue Jays lineup on Saturday.

He sat out Friday's game due to flu-like symptoms but is feeling much better on Saturday and should be good to go. The 27-year-old is hitting .259/.289/.381 with seven homers, 45 RBI and 10 swipes on the season.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Kevin Pillar was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

Consider him day-to-day. Melvin Upton will slide over to center field and Ezequiel Carrera has entered the lineup in left.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 05:53:00 PM

Blue Jays activated OF Kevin Pillar from the 15-day disabled list.

He missed the minimum 15 days with a sprained thumb. Pillar will reclaim his starting job in center field with Melvin Upton shifting over to the left side. The 27-year-old is an elite defensive player but doesn't offer much fantasy appeal. He's hit .261 with seven homers and 10 steals over 421 at-bats this year.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Kevin Pillar (thumb) remains on track to come off the disabled list when first eligible next Tuesday.

Pillar will work out with his Blue Jays teammates on Friday in Cleveland before embarking on a short minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. He has been on the disabled list since August 8 with a sprained left thumb. Melvin Upton is drawing the majority of the starts in center field in Pillar's absence.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 12:15:00 PM

Kevin Pillar (thumb) played catch again on Monday.

Pillar landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a sprained left thumb, but he remains on track to be activated when he's first eligible on August 22. "We think when that time is up, he'll be all right," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "They think he'll be good."
Mon, Aug 15, 2016 07:45:00 PM

Kevin Pillar (thumb) played catch on Sunday.

He's nearly a week removed from being placed on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Pillar thinks he'll be ready for activation when his 15 days are up.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 10:26:00 AM

Blue Jays placed OF Kevin Pillar on the 15-day disabled list with a left thumb sprain.

Pillar injured the thumb this weekend in Kansas City. It's not clear how long he might be sidelined. Melvin Upton is starting in center field for the Jays on Monday against the Rays and will likely see an uptick in playing time over the next two-plus weeks. Darrell Ceciliani has been called up from Triple-A Buffalo to provide extra outfield depth.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 03:34:00 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI on Saturday, leading the Blue Jays in a 9-1 thrashing of the Orioles.

Pillar capped off a seven-run uprising in the fifth inning with a two-run double, then replicated the feat in the seventh to put the Jays ahead 9-1. With his two-hit attack, he's now hitting .268/.300/.396 with seven homers, 45 RBI and eight stolen bases.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Monday's win over the Padres.

Two of Pillar's hits on the night were two-baggers, and he also added a stolen base. The speedy outfielder hasn't run as much as hoped this season, but he's now on pace for 13 home runs and 11 stolen bases.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 09:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
3Juan Graterol
4Michael Ohlman
1B1Justin Smoak
2Steve Pearce
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
3Gregorio Petit
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
4Richard Urena
5Jake Elmore
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Melvin Upton
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Jose Tabata
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
2Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Mat Latos
7T.J. House
8Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4Joe Biagini
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7J.P. Howell
8Glenn Sparkman
9Brett Oberholtzer
10Dominic Leone
11Gavin Floyd
12Jeff Beliveau
13Lucas Harrell
14Matt Dermody