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Kevin Pillar | Outfielder | #11

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored against the Rangers on Thursday.
Pillar had a pair of doubles among his three hits, with his double in the third inning plating two. Notably, Pillar also drew the start atop the Blue Jays' lineup against a lefty. The outfielder is batting .297/.339/.423 overall. May 5 - 10:00 PM

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Kevin Pillar is getting a day off Monday.

Ezequiel Carrera will start in center field and bat leadoff versus White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. Pillar is batting just .266/.301/.342 this season.
Apr 25 - 3:39 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-3 with a walk in the Blue Jays' defeat of the Red Sox on Monday.

He also made a couple of nice defensive plays in the tricky Fenway Park outfield. Pillar is 6-for-7 with a walk since getting moved out of the leadoff spot. Maybe he can climb back up quickly.
Apr 18 - 2:25 PM

Kevin Pillar is batting eighth on Monday.

He also hit eighth on Sunday after opening the 2016 season as the Blue Jays' regular leadoff man. Michael Saunders is now being tried in that role and manager John Gibbons said he's going to "ride out" the change. It's obviously a severe dent to Pillar's fantasy stock.
Apr 18 - 9:01 AM

Kevin Pillar went 0-for-3 with a hit by pitch Friday in the loss to the Red Sox.

Pillar had a bad spring, and his OBP stands at .255 through 11 games as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter. He's certainly not going to be pulled from the lineup, but if he doesn't get hot soon, he might find himself hitting at the bottom of it, as he did last year.
Apr 15 - 10:15 PM

Kevin Pillar singled twice and stole a base in Tuesday's loss to the Rays.

Only Pillar and No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins tallied multiple hits for the Blue Jays, and eight of the nine base knocks they had on the night were singles. Pillar is not your conventional leadoff hitter with his low on-base percentage, but he can steal a base and should score a bunch of runs in front of the powerful bats in the middle of the lineup.
Apr 5 - 10:27 PM

Kevin Pillar went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the Blue Jays' 6-4 win over the Tigers on Thursday.

Pilar has shaken off an 0-for-9 start to go 11-for-33 in his last 12 games. He's set to be the Blue Jays' everyday leadoff hitter, at least until someone better comes along. He should have quite a bit of mixed-league value while he hits up there, but this is still a guy with a .303 OBP in 804 major league at-bats.
Mar 24 - 4:56 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Saturday that Kevin Pillar would likely be the club's leadoff hitter entering the regular season.

The 27-year-old outfielder hit primarily out of the eighth spot in the Jays lineup last season. With Devon Travis sidelined, the Jays don't have any standout options to fill that role so it appears Pillar will be given the first crack at it. With his speed and the powerful Jays lineup hitting behind him, the move should certainly boost his fantasy value, primarily his runs scored.
Mar 19 - 9:51 AM

Batting leadoff once again, Kevin Pillar collected a double in three at-bats Tuesday, raising his spring average to .208.

John Gibbons said last month that Michael Saunders and Pillar were his leadoff options, but it sure seems like what he really meant was that he was handing Pillar the job. After all, Pillar is hitting there every time he plays and Saunders, even though he's been far more successful this spring, still hasn't made a single start atop the order. At least Pillar is picking it up offensively, going 4-for-12 with two walks in his last five starts after opening the spring 0-for-9.
Mar 15 - 5:09 PM

Kevin Pillar went 0-for-3 from the leadoff spot Wednesday against the Phillies.

Manager John Gibbons is debating between Pillar and Michael Saunders for the leadoff spot after ruling out Troy Tulowitzki last week. Both seem better suited to hit towards the bottom of the lineup, but whoever is picked will get a boost in fantasy value.
Mar 2 - 4:13 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that either Michael Saunders or Kevin Pillar will hit leadoff.

The Jays lost their leadoff hitter when they traded Ben Revere and Gibbons would like to keep Troy Tulowitzki in the No. 5 spot. Saunders' career on-base percentage is .301 and Pillar's career OBP is .303, so neither are good leadoff candidates. Whether right or wrong, Pillar's good speed could give him an edge over Saunders.
Feb 26 - 2:59 PM

Kevin Pillar went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Monday's win over the Rangers.

The Blue Jays jumped on Derek Holland early, as Josh Donaldson, Chris Colabello and Pillar went deep off of him in the first two innings. Pillar also added RBI singles in the third and seventh frames. In all, Toronto tallied 12 hits and eight runs on the day, with seven of the hits going for extra bases. They have forced the series back to Toronto for a fifth and deciding game.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 08:00:00 PM

Kevin Pillar was 2-for-4 with an RBI single against the Royals on Friday.

Pillar hit .283 over 25 games this month, but oddly he drove in just four runs. Either way, he should remain Toronto's regular center fielder even after Friday's addition of Ben Revere. Revere will likely share playing time with Chris Colabello in left field.
Fri, Jul 31, 2015 11:43:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 10:56:00 PM

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.
Wed, Jun 17, 2015 09:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Chris Colabello
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Aaron Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Drew Storen
2Roberto Osuna
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Franklin Morales
7Gavin Floyd
8Jesse Chavez
9Ryan Tepera
10Joe Biagini
11Chad Girodo