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Dodgers' Kevin Pillar: Falls short in bid for roster
The Dodgers reassigned Pillar to minor-league camp Monday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
Pillar looks to be a victim of the Dodgers using 16 of their 28 active roster spots on pitchers heading into Opening Day, as he won't be included in a projected three-man bench that includes catcher Austin Barnes, corner infielder Edwin Rios and utility man Hanser Alberto. That being said, Pillar should be the top candidate for a call-up if the Dodgers should lose an outfielder at any point early in the campaign, though don't expect him to stick around at Triple-A Oklahoma City all season if a promotion doesn't come by the summer. His minor-league contract contains an opt-out date of June 1.... See More ... See Less
Dodgers' Kevin Pillar: Joins Dodgers on minors deal
Pillar signed with the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
Defense was Pillar's carrying tool throughout his prime, but the 33-year-old isn't the defender he once was. DRS pegged him as a slight negative last season, while UZR had him as a very slight positive. Combined with his .231/.277/.415 slash line, that doesn't add up to anything more than a bench option if he's even able to win a roster spot on one of the deepest squads in baseball.... See More ... See Less
Kevin Pillar: Hits free agency
Pillar became a free agent Thursday after his mutual contract option for 2022 was declined by the Mets, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Pillar appeared in 124 games during his lone season with the Mets and hit .231 with 15 home runs, 47 RBI, 40 runs and four stolen bases. However, he'll seek out other opportunities ahead of his age-33 season in 2022.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Losing work since Nimmo's return
Pillar will start in right field and bat eighth Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Pillar will draw his second start in a row while Michael Conforto gets a breather, but Pillar was on the bench for the proceeding three contests and looks poised to finish the season as New York's fourth outfielder. Following Brandon Nimmo's recent return from the injured list, the Mets are likely to roll out a starting outfield of Jeff McNeil, Nimmo and Conforto from left to right more often than not.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Homers in loss
Pillar went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo homer in Wednesday's 11-4 loss to the Cardinals.
Pillar smacked his 15th homer of the season off Jon Lester in the sixth inning Wednesday. The 32-year-old is now hitting .277 with three home runs in September, well above his season average of .222.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Settles in as top center fielder
Pillar will start in center field and bat seventh Wednesday against the Marlins.
He'll remain in the lineup for the fourth game in a row, and Pillar appears set to operate as the Mets' primary center fielder while Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) is on the shelf. Since Nimmo was moved to the injured list Sept. 4, Pillar has gone 5-for-15 with two home runs, two walks, six RBI and a stolen base.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Grand slam, stolen base in win
Pillar went 2-for-4 with a grand slam, a walk and a stolen base in Sunday's 13-6 win over Washington.
The outfielder had already put together a productive day at the plate before he swatted a grand slam in the ninth inning to make the Mets' lead more comfortable. Pillar has gone yard four times in his last seven contests. He's up to 14 homers, 39 RBI, 35 runs scored and four stolen bases while slashing .224/.265/.422 through 283 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Three hits against Nats
Pillar went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI in Friday's 6-2 extra-inning win over the Nationals.
He supplied one of the key hits during a four-run rally in the top of the 10th inning, driving in Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto with his second two-bagger of the night. Pillar remains stuck in a part-time role, but he's feasted on Nats pitching over the last week, going 6-for-12 with two homers, two doubles, a steal, four RBI and five runs in three starts against the Mets' NL East rivals.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Registers steal in win
Pillar went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 9-4 win over Washington.
The outfielder hit a single, stole second and scored on a Dominic Smith single in the sixth inning. Pillar is now slashing .212/.253/.388 with 12 home runs, 31 RBI, 32 runs scored and three stolen bases through 269 plate appearances. He's likely to serve on the short side of a platoon with either Smith or Jeff McNeil in left field.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Homers twice in win
Pillar went 2-for-3 with two solo home runs and three runs scored in Saturday's 5-3 win over the Nationals. He was also hit by a pitch.
Pillar took Nationals starter Sean Nolin deep twice for a pair of solo shots Saturday night. He also came around to score after being beaned by Ryne Harper in the seventh. The Mets and fantasy managers alike are hoping that the two homers snap the outfielder out of his sleepy summer, as the 32-year-old is hitting .185 since the start of July.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Plays hero in 12th
Pillar went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 6-2 extra-innings win over the Giants.
Entering the game to play left field as part of a double switch in the ninth inning, Pillar flied out in his first trip to the plate before depositing a Tyler Chatwood pitch over the left-center field fence in the 12th for the game-winning blast. The veteran outfielder hadn't gone yard since July 19, and on the season Pillar is slashing only .212/.246/.373 with 10 homers and 29 RBI through 252 plate appearances.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Batting average plummeting
Pillar struck out in his pinch-hit appearance during Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Phillies.
Pillar has moved into a reserve role since the All-Star break with the Mets returning to full strength in the outfield, but even before losing out on steady playing time, his performance at the plate had begun to dip. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his production hasn't improved much while his at-bats have become more sporadic. Dating back to June 17, Pillar is slashing .165/.196/.291 with a 29 percent strikeout rate. His season-long batting average has plummeted nearly 40 points (to .212) during his prolonged slump.... See More ... See Less
Mets' Kevin Pillar: Plays hero in 11th
Pillar went 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and a second run scored in Monday's 15-11 extra-innings win over the Reds.
After entering the game as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning and making the final out, Pillar stuck around and scored as the phantom runner in the 10th before finally putting the game out of reach with his blast off Ryan Hendrix in the 11th. The homer was Pillar's first since June 27 and his ninth of the year. With the Mets' outfield now at full strength again, the veteran will likely see use mostly as a platoon option against left-handed pitching.... See More ... See Less
|HT/WT: 6-0, 205 lbs|
|Birthplace: West Hills, CA|
|Bats/Throws: R, R|