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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' Dalton Pompey beats out Kevin Pillar for starting CF job
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(10:11 am ET) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced Tuesday outfielder Dalton Pompey has won the starting job in center field, beating out Kevin Pillar. Although, Pillar will start in left field until Michael Saunders (knee) comes off the disabled list.
Pompey had a productive spring at the plate, batting .327 (17 for 52) with one home run, two triples, three doubles, four RBI, three walks, eight runs and three stolen bases in 18 spring games.
Pompey, who is considered the 30th-overall best prospect by Baseball America, has a career .276/.367/.415/.782 slash line over five minor-league seasons. Although, he has played just 12 games above Double-A.
Pillar hit .250 (10 for 40) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 14 spring games.
Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar (oblique) back in spring lineup
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/25/15) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar returned to the spring lineup Wednesday against the Orioles after missing 10 days due to a strained oblique, which he suffered while sneezing. Pillar started in center field and hit third.
Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar (oblique) to return by Wednesday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/22/15) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar felt "really good" after taking batting practice Sunday, the National Post reports. He should be ready to return to action by Wednesday, the Toronto Star reports.
Manager John Gibbons also said Sunday that the MRI on Pillar's injured oblique came back clean. The outfielder suffered a mild oblique strain while sneezing last weekend. He's 7 for 26 with a home run and five RBI this spring.
Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar scheduled for MRI on injured oblique
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/20/15) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his injured oblique on Saturday to see how far it has improved, according to MLB.com.
Pillar suffered a mild right oblique strain after a sneeze last week, and was prescribed rest for at least 10 days. He is six days removed from the injury, Pillar hit .250 with a home run and five RBI before the infamous sneeze this spring.
Kevin Pillar to miss a week for Blue Jays due to a sneeze
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/15/15) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar suffered a mild right oblique strain after a sneeze Saturday, according to the Associated Press.
Pillar, who is battling fir a starting spot, will likely be out of action for about a week to 10 days to rest it. He didn't tell trainers about the pain until the fifth inning Saturday.
"I don't think this is a big deal," Pillar said. "It's something I played with (Saturday) and something I was prepared with to play today. But they're being very respectful about it and willing to give me a little bit of time."
Pillar is hitting .250 with a home run and five RBI this spring.
|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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