Kevin Pillar proves yet again that hitting the ball in his direction is a bad idea
Years from now, when Kevin Pillar is enjoying retirement, he could easily start a new career teaching the art of outfield defense. He's a cut above, really, and has put that on display during this weekend's series between the Blue Jays and Twins at Target Field.
On Sunday, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was Pillar's latest victim, having done the one thing batters just can't do against the Jays: hit the ball in the general vicinity of center field.
Dozier, whose fly ball would probably have fallen in for an extra-base hit in nearly any other situation, fell instead into Pillar's outstretched glove after his latest jaw-dropping catch. The whole thing made pitcher Marcus Stroman very excited on the mound, too:
After the game, Stroman spoke with MLB.com's Dan Myers about how much he enjoys having Pillar in the field behind him:
Meanwhile, manager John Gibbons spoke of the reputation Pillar has built on the team:
And words from Pillar himself:
According to Statcast, Pillar reached a maximum speed of 19.7 mph and covered nearly 86 feet of outfield grass in pursuit of the ball.
Pillar's defensive wizardry isn't limited to catches, though. On Saturday, he showed off his arm's other skill by setting up perfectly and firing a strike to third base to prevent Eduardo Nunez from advancing on a Miguel Sano flyout:
So, again, just don't hit it in his direction, hitters. It won't end well for you.