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11 Kevin Pillar CF
Height/Weight: 6-0/210 | Birthdate: 1/4/1989 | Birthplace: West Hills, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 83/63 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Kevin Pillar homers for Blue Jays in loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar hit a solo home run in Saturday's loss to Detroit. 

Pillar went 1 for 4 and is 8 for his last 17. He snapped an 11-game home run drought with his seventh homer of the year. 


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar has seven hits through two July games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) You could say Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar is off to a very good start in July. After producing three hits in his first July game Wednesday, Pillar came back with four hits Thursday against Boston.

Pillar went 4 for 5 with one double and one run. He is batting .778 (7 for 9) with two doubles through two July games.

Pillar has been on a pretty impressive run offensively since the beginning of June. He has a .400/.571/.984 slash line in his last 28 games. He has four home runs, six doubles, 18 RBI, 14 runs, three walks, 14 strikeouts and five stolen bases in that span.


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar batting .389 in last 19 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar totaled three hits, including his 16th double, in four at-bats during an 11-2 win Wednesday against the Red Sox. The three hits tied a season high for Pillar, who has accomplished the feat four times.

Pillar has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games. He is batting .389 (28 for 72) with two home runs, four doubles, eight RBI, eight runs, one walk, nine strikeouts and four stolen bases in that span.


Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar hits in tenth straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar went 2 for 4 in Friday's win over Texas. Pillar doubled, his 14th of the year, drove in a run, his 35th, and scored. 

Pillar has now hit in 10 straight games. He's hitting .444 with 1.126 OPS over the streak. 


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar homers, drives in two on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar went 2 for 3 on Sunday with two RBI and his sixth home run of the season in the 13-9 loss to the Orioles. The home run was Pillar's second in his last five games.

It was a solo shot in the second inning to cut the Orioles' lead to 7-4. Pillar is riding a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he is batting a robust .550 (11 for 20) with the two home runs.


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar knocks fifth home run on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/17/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar had a nice night at the plate in Wednesday's victory over the Mets. Pillar went 3 for 5 with two RBI and his fifth home run of the season.

Pillar's solo shot off starter Jonathon Niese gave the Blue Jays a 3-0 lead in the seventh inning, as they went on to win 8-0.

"I haven’t fared too well against lefties," said Pillar, per the Toronto Sun. "I went in and looked at some film to see what they’ve been doing to attack me. I set a plan and stayed with it."

This season, the right-handed Pillar is hitting worse against lefties (.222) than right-handed pitchers (.257). Overall, he's hitting .364 through nine games this month.


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar held out of lineup Tuesday vs. Mets


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was held out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Mets for just the third time this season. All three times have been since May 20.

Pillar is having a pretty productive run in June. He is batting .340 (16 for 47) with one double, two home runs, 12 RBI, nine runs, two walks, six strikeouts and two stolen bases in 12 June games.


Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar hits safely in 9 of last 10 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar continued to swing a hot bat during an 11-3 win Monday against the Marlins. Pillar went 2 for 3 with one run, two RBI, two walks and one stolen base.

Pillar has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. He is batting .389 (14 for 36) with a .694 slugging percentage, 1.144 OPS, two doubles, three home runs, 10 RBI, 10 runs and four walks in that span.


Kevin Pillar homers twice in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Blue Jays center fiedler Kevin Pillar hit two home runs in Tuesday's win over Washington. 

Pillar hit a solo shot in the second inning to open the day's scoring and added a go-ahead three-run blast in the sixth. 

Pillar went 3 for 4. He now has four home runs and 21 RBI on the year.


Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar gets breather in first game of doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar was held out of the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. It was just the second time in 53 games that Pillar was held out of the lineup.

Ezequiel Carrera started in the place of Pillar, who is mired in a long hitting slump. Pillar is batting just .156 in his last 27 games, which has dropped his average from .289 to .223 in that span.


Blue Jays CF Kevin Pillar blasts second home run of the season


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar ripped his second home run of the season in Saturdays' 3-2 loss to the Twins. Pillar's home run was a solo shot in the top of the fourth that temporarily tied the game at two. 

It was Pillar's only hit of the game, and he has been struggling offensively. Over his last 10 games, Pillar has just six hits in 33 at-bats and just two RBI.


Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar struggling offensively in May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar posted a .694 OPS in April but has struggled to find the same success this month, hitting .194/.247/.254 with four RBI, nine runs scored and three stolen bases in 67 at-bats.

Pillar has played every inning for the Blue Jays this season, and though he was able to jump out to a nice start in April, his offense has started to lag this month. The Blue Jays haven't had a day off since May 7 and won't get their next break until May 28.

Pillar is one of three Blue Jays to play in all 40 games, though he's the only one to play in the field every game, as the other two have seen time at designated hitter.


Russell Martin replaced by Josh Thole in Blue Jays' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Boston. 

Josh Thole replaces Martin in the lineup for the fourth time this year and second time in the last 10 games. 

Thole will bat ninth in the order. Kevin Pillar moves up one spot in the order to replace Martin in the five-hole. 

The Blue Jays are -120 money line favorites at home against Boston. 


Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar batting .314 in last 13 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar saw his hitting streak end at six games Sunday against the Indians following a 0-for-4 performance. He did get on base after getting hit by a pitch in the fourth inning and finished with one run.

Since April 21, Pillar is batting .314 (16 for 51) with one triple, six doubles, seven runs and 10 RBI. He also has two walks, eight strikeouts and three stolen bases in his last 13 games.


Donaldson moves into leadoff spot for Blue Jays as Travis gets day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) With Jose Reyes on the disabled list and Devon Travis getting his second day off this season, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons decided to shake up his lineup Friday against the Indians.

Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion all moved up one spot in the lineup, which meant Donaldson moved into the leadoff spot. It was the first time in Donaldson's career he hit leadoff.

Russell Martin moved into the cleanup spot, which is usually where Encarnacion bats. He was followed by Kevin Pillar, Michael Saunders, Dalton Pompey, Ryan Goins (who started for Travis) and Jonathan Diaz.


Jays' Ryan Goins draws the start at shortstop, Dalton Pompey out


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Blue Jays infielder Ryan Goins will start at shortstop Tuesday for the injured Jose Reyes, the team announced. Goins fills in for Reyes, who was placed on the 15-day DL Monday with a rib injury. Goins is hitting .238 in 21 at-bats this season.

Outfielder Dalton Pompey is out of the lineup, with Danny Valencia taking over in left field and Kevin Pillar playing center. 

Pompey told Sportsnet.ca he suffered a bit of whiplash making a catch Monday at Boston.


Jose Bautista to miss fifth straight for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista is not in Sunday's starting lineup, the fifth straight game that he's been out.

Bautista is battling a shoulder injury. The Blue Jays will use the same outfield alignment as Saturday, with Michael Saunders in right, Dalton Pompey in left and Kevin Pillar in center. Prior to Saturday, the three outfielders had combined for one start this season at their respective positions.

The Jays are +122 money line underdogs at Tampa Bay.


Blue Jays' Jose Bautista to miss fourth straight start


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista was held out of the starting lineup for the fourth straight game on Saturday. 

Bautista is battling a sore shoulder.

"We just deal with that when it comes," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said to MLB.com. "You start to plan four, five days from now, things change so fast. We have Saunders in right field tonight, we didn't think when he came back he'd be playing right field, we thought we'd have Bautista there.

The Blue Jays shuffled their outfield for Saturday's game. Kevin Pillar, who started in right for Bautista the last three games, will play center field for the second time this year. Michael Saunders starts in right, and Dalton Pompey moves from center to left.  


Blue Jays OF Kevin Pillar contributes two hits, two RBI to win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Emerging Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar made the most of two hits in a Tuesday night rout of Baltimore.

Pillar singled in two runs and scored in the third inning and singled again in the fifth. His performance broke a 1-for-15 slump and improved his slash line on the year to .255/.268/.364. He has just one walk in 55 at-bats, however, this season.


Blue Jays manager just fine with Kevin Pillar's aggressive style of play


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has no issue with how outfielder Kevin Pillar attacks the game head on, reports the Toronto Sun. He will deal with the slight issues that comes with his aggressiveness.

"I love the fact that he's aggressive, he can pull off some catches that a lot of guys don't make," Gibbons said. "It depends on the situation, some balls you can't get to, them back off. But he's always had that mindset (to go get it) and that's what allows him to be so good and make those plays. A lot of guys don't. But he's smart enough too to know there's certain times he's got to back off too."

Pillar doesn't think he's overly aggressive.

"He believes he's going to make it, that's why he makes a lot of them," Gibbons added. "There's no hesitation with him at all. He's got a ton of confidence when he's playing that outfield, really in his whole game. When he's on the bases he's a confident kid too."


Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar hits first home run of season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar hit his first home run of the season on Sunday. Pillar his hit in five of the first six games of the season, with a .250 average. 

Pillar has scored in five of six games, and is second on the team in runs scored. 


Blue Jays' Dalton Pompey beats out Kevin Pillar for starting CF job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) 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
(3/25/2015) 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
(3/22/2015) 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
(3/20/2015) 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.