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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%: 36/22 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Kevin Pillar to miss a week for Blue Jays due to a sneeze


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) 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. 


Blue Jays lose LF Michael Saunders (knee) for first half of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) 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
(11/13/2014) 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
(8/26/2014) 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
(6/25/2014) 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 | Senior Analyst
(6/23/2014) 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.

Blue Jays call on Bobby Korecky, send Kevin Pillar down


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2014) The Blue Jays recalled reliever Bobby Korecky from Triple-A Buffalo Tuesday, taking the roster spot of Kevin Pillar after he was optioned back to Buffalo.

Kevin Pillar picks up three hits


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2014) The Blue Jays got a rare contribution from designated hitter Kevin Pillar Thursday, in a 7-2 win over the Red Sox.

Pillar more than doubled his previous hit total for the season, as he went 3 for 4 with a run scored in the game. He is now 5 for 18 without an RBI in eight games.


Blue Jays calling up Kevin Pillar


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/13/2014) With Colby Rasmus battling hamstring tightness, the Blue Jays are bringing up outfielder Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo, reports Sportsnet. Pillar can play all three outfield spots and has reached base safely in 26 straight games.

He's hitting .305 with a homer, three triples and 13 doubles in 34 games at Triple-A.


Kevin Pillar hits two-run homer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar homered for the third time this season Saturday in the second to last game of the year against Tampa Bay. Pillar had two hits in the game. 

The left fielder went deep in the bottom of the fifth inning off Brandon Gomes. It was a two-run shot for the Jays. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and is batting .204 on the season. 

The 24-year-old Pillar has three two-hit games in his last seven contests and two homers with five RBI over that stretch. 


Kevin Pillar adds a couple career firsts


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar hit his first career home run in the majors Saturday in Houston. Pillar went deep for the first time off Brad Peacock in the fifth inning for a three-run blast. 

Pillar finished the game going 2 for 4 with the three RBI. He added a single and is batting .133 on the year over a small sample size. 

Pillar started his career 2 for 26 (.077) over his first nine contests before hitting his first home run in his first multi-hit game Saturday.