Kevin Pillar
Kevin Pillar
30-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
You may not draft Pillar, but at some point, you'll have him, or a player of his ilk. Pillar is the model, "doesn't hurt you, helps you a little everywhere" guy whose defense keeps him in the lineup when healthy. That last part is key as despite averaging a reasonable 147 games the past three seasons, Pillar is usually docked for health concerns. Rostered for cheap speed without sacrificing much power, Pillar has posted consecutive seasons with homers and steals in the teens. His stolen-base ceiling is higher, but the Blue Jays don't run much, managing the third-fewest steals since 2016. Of slight concern: Pillar's fielding metrics have dropped each of the past two seasons, but they're still positive. His plate skills declined last year, as he walked a paltry 3.3% of the time while fanning at an 18.1% clip, his highest mark since becoming a full-time player in 2012. Pillar should be mixed-roster worthy for at least one more season, at a minimal cost. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5.8 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Giants in April of 2019.
Nabs third steal
OFSan Francisco Giants
April 17, 2019
Pillar went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in a 7-3 victory over the Nationals on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Pillar continues to rack up counting stats with his new club, compiling four homers, 13 RBI and three stolen bases over his last 10 contests. The 30-year-old finally drew his first free pass of the season after 67 plate appearances. Pillar's poor .197 on-base percentage is the primary reason he currently bats in the bottom third of the order as opposed to occupying the first or second spot in the lineup where speedy center fielders usually reside. Still, he is currently providing enough of a pop and speed combo for deep-league owners to look past his terrible .180 batting average.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
10
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
1
1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+44%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+50%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .803 341 44 12 37 6 .276 .305 .498
Since 2017vs Right .658 916 104 23 78 26 .240 .279 .379
2019vs Left .722 30 5 3 12 2 .185 .167 .556
2019vs Right .501 53 6 1 2 1 .196 .226 .275
2018vs Left .686 156 18 5 15 1 .235 .256 .430
2018vs Right .717 386 47 10 44 13 .259 .293 .424
2017vs Left .940 155 21 4 10 3 .336 .381 .559
2017vs Right .628 477 51 12 32 12 .230 .274 .354
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+16%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .678 644 75 21 61 20 .235 .266 .412
Since 2017Away .718 613 73 14 54 12 .265 .308 .410
2019Home .591 57 8 4 13 2 .170 .175 .415
2019Away .549 26 3 0 1 1 .240 .269 .280
2018Home .726 274 36 11 31 9 .243 .270 .456
2018Away .690 268 29 4 28 5 .261 .295 .395
2017Home .652 313 31 6 17 9 .240 .279 .373
2017Away .756 319 41 10 25 6 .271 .322 .434
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Stat Review
How does Kevin Pillar compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.07
 
BB Rate
1.2%
 
K Rate
18.1%
 
BABIP
.177
 
ISO
.179
 
AVG
.192
 
OBP
.205
 
SLG
.372
 
OPS
.577
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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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Hits another homer
OFSan Francisco Giants
April 13, 2019
Pillar went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a sacrifice fly in Saturday's 5-2 win over Colorado.
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Power binge continues
OFSan Francisco Giants
April 12, 2019
Pillar went 1-for-3 with the deciding home run in Thursday's 1-0 win over the Rockies.
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Goes deep again
OFSan Francisco Giants
April 10, 2019
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 3-1 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
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Keeps racking up RBI
OFSan Francisco Giants
April 10, 2019
Pillar went 1-for-3 with a double and four RBI in Tuesday's 7-2 win over the Padres.
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Blasts first career grand slam
OFSan Francisco Giants
April 8, 2019
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Monday's 6-5 loss to the Padres.
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