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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: 2 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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 | CBSSports.com
(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 | CBSSports.com
(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. 


Kevin Pillar records first major league hit


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Blue Jays outfielder and rookie Kevin Pillar recorded his first major league hit Tuesday in New York in the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees, MLB.com reports. 

Pillar's single to right-center field in the third inning was the fateful hit. It came in his fifth game. He entered Tuesday's contest having gone 0 for 13 to begin his career. 


Kevin Pillar could have a deep mixed league impact


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/15/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar has outperformed expectations at every level. In 1,240 at-bats over three minor league campaigns, the 24-year-old has hit .321, with an average of 27 steals and 28 doubles per season. In that span, he has never had an average below .307. 

Pillar should see regular at-bats the rest of the way for the Jays, assuming Colby Rasmus' oblique issue keeps him out for a majority of the remaining games and Anthony Gose doesn't push him out of regular at-bats. Pillar won't hit a lot of home runs, but he could produce a nice average and should be good for some speed.

Don't go overboard in adding him in deeper mixed leagues, because there are a couple ways this could all go south (Gose stealing at-bats and Rasmus returning quickly being the most obvious), but Pillar is a solid add in AL-only formats thanks to his solid plate production in the minors. 


Kevin Pillar hitless in MLB debut


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar made his major league debut in left field Wednesday night against Boston. Having been called up earlier in the day, Pillar didn't record any hits.

Pillar, who got the start in center field with Colby Rasmus on the DL, went 0 for 4 with a strikeout in the game, his first in the majors.

Pillar hit .321 with a .366 on-base percentage, .466 slugging percentage and .832 OPS in 311 minor-league games since 2011.

Kevin Pillar gets the call to the majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) The Blue Jays selected the contract of outfielder Kevin Pillar from Triple-A Buffalo Wednesday. Pillar, who is making his MLB debut, hit .321 with a .366 on-base percentage, .466 slugging percentage and .832 OPS in 311 minor-league games since 2011.

Pillar started in left field and hit eighth Wednesday against the Red Sox.


Scout: Kevin Pillar to make MLB debut Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2013) A scout for the Blue Jays tweeted Wednesday morning outfield prospect Kevin Pillar is expected to make his MLB debut Wednesday against the Red Sox.

The 2011 32nd-round pick hit .307 with a .461 slugging percentage and .814 OPS in 123 games between Double-A and Triple-A this season. Pillar has six triples, nine home runs, 39 doubles, 57 RBI, 74 runs and 23 stolen bases.


Kevin Pillar close to being major-league ready


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2013) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Tuesday outfield prospect Kevin Pillar is the closest player to being major-league ready, according to the National Post. The 2011 32nd-round pick is batting .373 with two home runs, eight doubles and 10 RBI in 12 games since being promoted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Pillar hit .313 with two triples, five home runs, 20 doubles and 30 RBI in 71 games for Double-A New Hampshire.

"Reports are that he’s ready to come if we have a need," Anthopoulos said.