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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Miguel Castro
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Marco Estrada
8Jeff Francis