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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||200.00||4.00||.275||15.00||27.00||10.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Baltimore||10||4||0|| .455|| .500|| .400|
|vs Gonzalez (Career)||2||1||0|| .500||.500||.500|
|vs RHP||70||17||1|| .274|| .357|| .243|
|Last 10 Games|
Blue Jays lose LF Michael Saunders (knee) for first half of season
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/26/15) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders revealed Thursday he is expected to be sidelined until the All-Star break due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Saunders, who was slated to start in left field for Toronto, said he suffered the injury Wednesday after he stepped on a sprinkler head while shagging fly balls during batting practice, per the National Post.
“My goal is to be back by the All-Star break,” Saunders said. “I don’t see why there should be any hiccups in my rehab.”
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team would most likely replace Saunders, who was acquired in a December trade with the Mariners, with an internal candidate. Kevin Pillar and Dalton Pompey, who are competing for the starting job in center field, could be options since they can play all three outfield spots. Andy Dirks could also be a candidate, but he is in camp on a minor-league deal and still rehabbing from a back injury that sidelined him in 2014.
Saunders spent the first six seasons of his MLB career with Seattle. He hit .273 with a .341 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage and .791 OPS in 78 games last season.
Pompey, Pillar will compete for starting job in center for Blue Jays
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(11/13/14) With the trade of Anthony Gose, the competition for the starting job in center field this spring for the Blue Jays is between Dalton Pompey and Kevin Pillar. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday that Pompey has "tremendous upside."
"The ingredients are there. He can be a complete player. He can be an above-average defender in center, but I still think he needs to tighten up some things, and he's been doing that in the Fall League," Anthopoulos said, per Sportsnet.ca. "Continue to get better with his routes, continue to get better with his throwing mechanics and not getting on the side of the ball, getting on top of the ball, because he’s got the arm-strength, and continue to have quality at-bats. That's what we like about his offensive game. He grinds out at-bats, he'll work a walk. It’s a quality at-bat each time."
Blue Jays set to recall Kevin Pillar
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
|(8/26/14) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Pillar has been in Triple-A since he was demoted in late June, and is hitting .323/.359/.509 overall since. He had just a .225 batting average with 11 strikeouts in 40 at-bats in the majors.
Blue Jays swap outfielders Wednesday
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(6/25/14) The Blue Jays have called up outfielder Brad Glenn Wednesday.
In order to make room on the active roster, Kevin Pillar was sent down to the minors. In order to get Glenn on the 40-man roster, the club designated Jonathan Diaz for assignment.
Blue Jays recall Kevin Pillar, Anthony Gose
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(6/23/14) The Blue Jays recalled outfielders Kevin Pillar and Anthony Gose from Triple-A Buffalo. Pillar was hitting .328 with two homers and 25 RBI in 46 games at Buffalo; Gose was batting .225 with two homers and 11 RBI in 31 games.
|2014 summary: After a late-season look in 2013, Kevin Pillar split his time between the majors and minors last year, getting the call whenever the Blue Jays needed an extra outfielder. In the minors, he was the same high-contact gap hitter he's always been, hitting .323 with 10 homers, 39 doubles and just 48 strikeouts in 405 at-bats for Triple-A Buffalo, but those skills didn't translate completely to the majors. He hit his share of doubles but also had 28 strikeouts to just four walks in 116 at-bats. |
Playing time status: As you'd expect for a young right-handed hitter, Pillar was better against lefties last year, at least at the big-league level, and as a result, he could get a chance to spell left fielder Michael Saunders against them. Of course, with Saunders recovering from a torn meniscus, Pillar may have the job all to himself for the first couple weeks.
2015 outlook: Pillar showed a knack for putting the bat on the ball in the minors, but it takes more than that to hold down a starting corner outfield job in the majors. Besides, he has yet to show he can do it at that level. He'll get some looks in AL-only leagues because of the Saunders injury, but he's destined to be a fourth outfielder both this year and beyond.
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