Kevin Pillar, Outfield, Toronto Blue Jays, #11


Date of Birth: 1/4/1989
Birthplace: West Hills, California
College: California State University, Dominguez Hills

Kevin Pillar, outfielder for the Toronto Blue Jays, was a top player in high school and college, finishing his college baseball years with a .367 batting average. He was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2011 and he played in their minor league system from 2011 through the beginning of this year. As a minor leaguer, he batted .321 with 451 hits, 101 doubles, 206 RBIs, and 88 stolen bases in 350 games.

In 2013, Pillar played in 36 games with the Blue Jays and he batted .206 with 21 hits. He finished the 2014 season with 31 hits, 28 strikeouts to 4 walks, and a .267 batting average in 53 games. Defensively, he made 71 putouts with no errors in 16 games in center field, 30 games in left field, and 7 games in right field.

Pillar had a strong 2015 season, finishing with a .278 batting average, 163 hits, 31 doubles, 25 stolen bases, and 56 RBIs in 159 games. As the Blue Jays' center fielder, he made 404 putouts and 2 errors in 142 games. In postseason play, he batted .286 with 12 hits, including 5 doubles and a home run, 2 stolen bases, and 6 RBIs in 42 at-bats in 11 games.

Pillar had another good season in 2016, finishing with a .267 batting average in 146 games. He had 146 hits, 35 doubles, 14 stolen bases, and 53 RBIs. Defensively, as the Blue Jays' center fielder in 146 games, he made 337 putouts and 6 errors. In the postseason, he batted just 0.94 with 3 hits and 2 RBIs in 32 at-bats in 9 games.

In 2017, Pillar batted .256 in 154 games with the Blue Jays. He finished the season with 150 hits, career highs in doubles (37) and home runs (16), 42 RBIs, and 95 strikeouts to 33 walks. Defensively, as the Blue Jays' center fielder, he made 316 putouts and 1 error.

Career batting statistics for Pillar through 2017 include:

  • 548 games played
  • 511 hits
  • 171 RBIs
  • 327 strikeouts to 93 walks
  • .264 batting average

Career fielding statistics for Pillar as a center fielder through 2017 include:

  • 457 games played
  • 1,090 putouts
  • 9 errors
  • .992 fielding percentage

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Kevin Pillar
ESPN - Kevin Pillar