Pillar
2018 Stats
2018 Full Season Projections
AVG
.247
HR
10
RBI
44
R
48
SB
13
 
 
 
 
 
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Pillar now has three full major-league seasons in the books, and at this point, it seems safe to say that he is what he is. His walk rate has ranged from 4.1 percent to 5.2 percent over the past three years, while his strikeout rate has ranged from 13.5 to 15.4. There is on... read more
Pillar now has three full major-league seasons in the books, and at this point, it seems safe to say that he is what he is. His walk rate has ranged from 4.1 percent to 5.2 percent over the past three years, while his strikeout rate has ranged from 13.5 to 15.4. There is only modest thump in his bat to go with the lackluster on-base skills (27.3 percent hard-hit rate last season), but Pillar compensates on the defensive end. Speed is his most appealing attribute in fantasy, but Pillar only attempted five steals in the second half last season and was caught two of those times. While Pillar did improve greatly against lefties last season, he gave all of that back with another decline in performance against right-handers (.230/.274/.354). Expecting a step forward in his age-29 season seems misguided, but Pillar will play every day and figures to produce something close to his three-year averages.
LEAGUE: Majors    40 MAN: Yes    BATS: R    Throws: R    HT: 6'0"    WT: 205 lbs.    DOB: 1/4/1989    College: Cal State Dominguez Hills    Drafted: 32nd Rd in 2011Show Contract
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Kevin Pillar Contract Info:
Agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal with the Blue Jays in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Homers, drives in three
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 15, 2018
Pilar went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Royals.
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2018 Stat Review for Kevin Pillar
0.20 BB/K
TERRIBLE
3.7 % BB Rate
TERRIBLE
18.5 % K Rate
GOOD
0.689 OPS
POOR
0.277 OBP
TERRIBLE
0.247 AVG
WEAK
0.278 BABIP
LOW
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First Baseman
  1. 1. JustinJ. Smoak (S)
  2. 2. KendrysK. Morales (S)
Second Baseman
  1. X. LourdesL. Gurriel (R) 10-Day DL
  2. 1. DevonD. Travis (R)
  3. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  4. X. BrandonB. Drury (R) 10-Day DL
  5. 2. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  6. 3. RichardR. Urena (S)
  7. 4. CurtisC. Granderson (L)
Third Baseman
  1. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  2. X. BrandonB. Drury (R) 10-Day DL
  3. 1. RussellR. Martin (R)
  4. 2. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  5. X. JoshJ. Donaldson (R) 60-Day DL
Shortstop
  1. 1. AledmysA. Diaz (R)
  2. X. YangervisY. Solarte (S) 10-Day DL
  3. X. LourdesL. Gurriel (R) 10-Day DL
  4. 2. RichardR. Urena (S)
  5. 3. RussellR. Martin (R)
  6. X. TroyT. Tulowitzki (R) 60-Day DL
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  1. Kevin Pillar 2018 Preseason Outlook
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  2. Kevin Pillar 2017 Preseason Outlook
    With leadoff man Devon Travis on the mend to open 2016, Pillar was afforded the top spot in one of the most potent batting orders in baseball. Unfortunately, he was unable to lock down the role, hitting just .198/.231/.291 in 86 at-bats as Toronto's table setter. Despite the disappointment, Pillar found a home at the bottom of the lineup and hit .277 when penciled in at the bottom third of the order, including .324/.369/.419 in 148 at-bats as the eighth hitter. Pillar is a solid contact hitter (82.2 percent rate in 2016) but has minimal power for an outfielder (.109 ISO) and doesn't get on base enough (.303 career OBP) to make him more than a below-average offensive threat (80 wRC+ last season). After swiping 25 bags in 2015, the 27-year-old disappointed by stealing just 14 bases on 20 tries. The center fielder's elite defense will continue to make him a mainstay in the Jays lineup, but fantasy leagues don't award points for web gems. A spot near the bottom of the lineup also caps his fantasy upside.
  3. Kevin Pillar 2016 Preseason Outlook
    Pillar earned the starting center field job for the Jays and rode it out the entire season. He was mostly in there for his amazing outfield defense, but Pillar held his own at the plate, as he hit .278/.314/.399, tied his professional season high with 12 home runs and added 25 stolen bases in an efficient 29 attempts (86 percent success rate). After striking out nearly one out of every four plate appearances in his first season, Pillar nearly slashed his strikeout rate in half, as he struck out just 85 times in 628 plate appearances (13.5 percent). Combine that contact rate with his speed and Pillar should be able to maintain a solid batting average going forward. Pillar will also be in one of the best lineups in the league again next season with the Blue Jays, so a high run total like last year’s 76 is certainly possible again.
  4. Kevin Pillar 2015 Preseason Outlook
    Pillar posted the best numbers of his professional career at Triple-A Buffalo last season, swatting 10 homers and stealing 27 bases in 33 attempts while carrying an .868 OPS. He appeared in 53 games for the Jays, where his strikeout rate spiked upon promotion to the big leagues for the second straight year (24.6 career K% in MLB). The departure of Anthony Gose will help to clear Pillar's path to a place on the Opening Day roster, but that route could be obstructed if the Jays acquire veteran outfield help through free agency or trade. At 26, he doesn't have much left to prove at Triple-A, and Pillar could exceed expectations if he finds a way to cut back on the strikeouts against top-level pitching. More likely, he'll end up on the small side of a platoon in the long run, after pounding lefties at Buffalo (.387/.400/.645) and posting a mediocre line against righties (.259/.316/.424).
  5. Kevin Pillar 2014 Preseason Outlook
    Pillar reached the majors for the first time in 2013, producing an unsightly .206/.250/.333 line over 110 plate appearances. He fared much better at Triple-A Buffalo, where he turned in a .299/.341/.493 line after earning a midseason promotion from Double-A New Hampshire. Pillar's lack of power has allowed him to fly under the radar as a prospect, even though he possesses good speed and above average contact skills. He'll probably be more of a fourth or fifth outfielder than a starter, and he could compete for a reserve role in spring training.
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Homers, drives in three
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 15, 2018
Pilar went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's win over the Royals.
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Held out Sunday
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 12, 2018
Pillar is not in the lineup Sunday against the Rays.
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Back in lineup Friday
OFToronto Blue Jays
August 3, 2018
Pillar (collarbone) was activated from the 10-day DL and will man center field and bat ninth against Seattle on Friday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Nearing return to action
OFToronto Blue Jays
Collarbone
August 2, 2018
Pillar (collarbone) is close to being activated from the 10-day disabled list, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Resumes hitting progression
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Collarbone
July 27, 2018
Pillar (collarbone) started a hitting progression Friday, Mike Wilner of BlueJaysTalk reports.
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