Kevin Pillar

Outfielder
TEAM: Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Colorado Rockies
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 himself 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.

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In 2018 against the Yankees, Pillar became the first player in Blue Jays history to steal three bases in one inning.

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