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2022 Los Angeles Dodgers Player Comments: Kevin Pillar

2022 Los Angeles Dodgers Player Comments: Kevin Pillar

Before the 2022 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Kevin Pillar to a Minor League contract as an insurance policy and provide them with veteran depth within the organization.

Playing baseball at Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif., and growing up in the San Fernando Valley meant local ties to the Dodgers were important to Pillar and his major league career coming full circle Baseball.

At the beginning of May, Pillar noted that the Dodgers were the best option for him given its ability to unlock a different team for a player and have it maxed out.

Pillar spent most of his time with Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he posted a .315/.398/.604 batting line in 149 at-bats. He hit 10 home runs while driving in 40 RBIs, but was also able to limit his strikeout rate to 12.5%.

The The Dodgers selected Pillar’s contract on May 28 after the team placed Max Muncy on the 10-day disabled list. He would get his chance on May 29 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, going 0-3 in his Dodgers debut.

Pillar recorded just one hit in 12 at-bats with the Dodgers, striking out four. Unfortunately, his only hit, a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates, was followed by a sixth inning shoulder injury that forced him out of the game.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed at the time that Pillar’s left shoulder went out twice during the game. “The plinth part basically broke in half,” Pillar said later. “It was a shock. It’s definitely a punch. It was devastating.”

Pillar had surgery to repair what turned out to be a fractured left shoulder, putting his season in doubt.

There was some talk that he might be available to the Dodgers down the stretch, but after starting a hitting program in early August, Pillar never made an MLB roster.

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Because Pillar’s contributions to the Dodgers at the major league level were few and far between, his best performance came with OKC. Prior to the call-up, he posted a 150 wRC+ with a .429 wOBA in 36 games.

Perspectives 2023

Pillar is still a free agent, and as a late-career veteran outfielder, he’s coming off a broken shoulder and recovering from that will keep his market thin. His path back to a major league roster will most likely depend on whether he’s willing to accept another deal similar to the one he signed with the Dodgers and be an experienced, infielder.

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