Pillar said the difference in his offense this season has been an improved approach at the dish, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

Pillar's bat was dominant over five minor-league seasons (.324/.367/.479) from 2011-14, but that did not translate through his first three-plus MLB campaigns. However, he apparently found the remedy and is clicking on all cylinders this year, hitting .310/.364/.487 while ranking in the AL's top 10 for average, runs (25) and stolen bases (6). The center fielder is currently on pace to shatter most of his career-high marks. "I think I got away with a lot of stuff in the minor leagues," said Pillar. "Obviously guys' stuff isn't as good and more so the defense wasn't as good." The 28-year-old has employed more patience at the plate this year, something he admittedly lacked early in his big-league career. He's taking "a more definitive plan" into the box, and the impact has turned him into a valuable fantasy asset across all formats.

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