Kevin Pillar

TEAM: Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants
Born: Jan. 4, 1989

Kevin Pillar had a stretch of games he never will forget in 2015. The Toronto outfielder was named the American Player of the Week in Sept., 2015 after hitting .524 with 2 homers, 5 doubles, and 5 stolen bases. Plus, he made a highlight reel catch in the outfield. All in all, not bad for a player who wasn’t selected until the 32d round of 2011 draft. His signing bonus was a mere $1,000. The California native, though, quickly showed other teams made a mistake by passing over him with solid performances in the minors. Pillar made his Major League debut in Aug. 2013, making in a diving catch in Toronto’s extra innings victory. After failing to make the big club out of spring training in 2014, Pillar eventually was called up to stay in May. In 2015, he established him as a fixture in the outfield, and was a key factor in Toronto going to the postseason for the first time in more than 20 years.