Blue Jays Kevin Pillar To Make MLB Debut, Is Stroman Next?
It would appear through various social media outlets that outfielder Kevin Pillar will be promoted from Triple A Buffalo to replace the injured Colby Rasmus. The strong play of Pillar has surpassed Anthony Gose on the Blue Jays depth chart earning the promotion. Pillar is batting .299 with 60 hits, 4 home runs and 8 stolen bases in 52 games.
Pillar also spent time with the Double A New Hampshire Fisher Cats prior to his Bisons promotion. In double A Pillar was batting .313 with 95 hits, 5 home runs and 15 stolen bases in 71 Eastern League games.
The 24-year old Pillar was selected in the 32nd round, 979th overall in the 2011 amateur baseball draft and has been a model of consistency since joining the Jays organization. Pillar signed with the Blue Jays for $1000 and two short years later is making his major league debut.
He has hit over .300 at every minor league stop along the way to Buffalo and forced the Jays to take notice after a breakout 2012 season. Last season Pillar hit .323 with 161 hits and 51 stolen bases between two single A levels.
One has to wonder if former 1st round draft pick Marcu Stroman is next in line to earn a promotion to the big club. The Jays could look to Stroman to replace the injured Josh Johnson who was placed in the disabled list yesterday. Thad Weber will get the call tonight in what could be a spot start for Joohnson.
Stroman sports a 6-4 record with a 3.22 earned run average fanning 103 batters in 89 innings pitched since serving his 50 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. The Jays selected Stroman 22nd overall in the 2012 draft and at that time was tabbed at quite possibly the most major league ready pick.
With the Jays firmly entrenched in the cellar of the American League East there is no better time to audition the players of the future at the major league level.
Thanks to all my friends and family that believed in me.. Today is the first day on that #roadtotheshow can’t wait to be in Toronto
— Kevin Pillar (@KPILLAR4) August 14, 2013