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Kevin Pillar

Kevin Pillar

Atlanta Braves (MLB)
Full Name Kevin Andrew Pillar
Date of Birth 01/04/1989
BirthplaceWest Hills, Calif.
Religion Jewish
Height 6'0
Weight 205
Bats/Throws R/R
Drafted Blue Jays
Draft Round32
Overall Pick979
MLB Debut 08/14/2013

Career highlights (through 2014)

  • Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the 2011 amateur draft, 979th overall
  • Was named Midwest League (A) MVP, 2012
  • In his MLB debut, was held hitless but turned the first line drive he faced into a highlight-reel catch (8/14/2013)
  • As a junior at Cal State Dominguez Hills, set an NCAA record with a 54-game hitting streak (2010)
  • Finished career at Cal State Dominguez Hills as its career hitting leader, at .367

2018 highlights

2016 highlights

  • Midway through the season, assembled a highlight reel of some of Pillar’s greatest catches from 2015 and 2016

2014 highlights

  • Of all Major Leaguers who hit 9 or more doubles, he did so with the fewest plate appearances, 122
  • Had a perfect 1.000% fielding average
  • Stole his first MLB base on the same day he homered (9/25/2014)
  • Had 3-hit games twice (5/22/2014, 9/9/2014)
  • Was named International League (AAA) Offensive Player of the Week twice (5/5/2014, 8/4/2014)
  • Led all International League (AAA) batters with 39 doubles
  • Ranked 3rd among International League (AAA) batters with a .323 average
  • Ranked 5rd among International League (AAA) batters with 27 stolen bases
  • Hit this walk-off triple for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA) on 5/3/2014
  • Had 19-game hitting streak for the Buffalo Bisons (AAA)

2013 highlights

  • Named best player in the Blue Jays’ minor-league organization by Baseball America
  • In his second MLB start, tossed out Boston’s Dustin Pedroia at home plate (8/15/2013)

On being Jewish

  • Kevin Pillar Building Unique Jewish Identity as a Baseball Player” (Jewish Exponent, 6/22/2016)

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