Pillar managed to hit .268/.299/.401 in 347 at-bats prior to the All-Star Break. Pillar began the season hitting leadoff, but mustered a paltry .198 in 86 at-bats atop the order. However, the center fielder has hit .288 outside of the leadoff spot and is safely entrenched in one of MLB's most dangerous lineups. Known more for his glove than his bat, Pillar has shown some pop this year with a career-high .133 ISO. Although he may be best suited for deeper leagues, the 27-year-old has proven to be a reliable source of production across a variety of formats.
Pillar went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Tigers. He's on a nice roll heading into the All-Star break, putting together a seven-game hitting streak and hitting .361 (13-for-36) so far in July. Pillar's spot in the bottom half of the Jays' batting order has limited his fantasy production though, as he has just two RBI and four runs in July.
Pillar went 2-for-3 with an RBI double, a walk and two runs in Friday's 6-0 victory over the Tigers. Pillar has been swinging a hot bat in July, with Friday's production extending his current hitting streak to five games. It was also the 27-year-old's second consecutive multi-hit effort, and brought his line in the new month to .333/.387/.370 over 27 at-bats.
Pillar is out of the lineup Sunday against the Indians, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports. Pillar had started in each of the previous 39 games in a row, and even though the All-Star break is on the horizon, it appears manager John Gibbons didn't want to wait that long to give the outfielder a rest. Ezequiel Carrera will start in center field in place of Pillar, who could still be called upon as a pinch-hitter later in the contest.
Pillar went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBI in Thursday's 13-2 thrashing of the Phillies. Up until quite recently, Pillar had been in the midst of a miserable campaign, but he's been busily resurrecting it lately. In the last 10 games, he's exploded for 17 hits in 41 at-bats (.415) with five homers; he hit just two long balls in his first 58 games this season. All of a sudden, thanks to this hot streak, Pillar's brought his 2016 OPS to .716, a near twin to last year's .713, albeit with a bit more power than on-base ability to it this time around. It's time to pluck him off the fantasy waiver wire if he's still kicking around and you need outfield help.