Kevin Pillar providing a visual approximation of what AA is doing to this club with his roster management.
So, remember last night, when I defended the Jays’ decision to call up Jonathan Diaz and not, say, Kevin Pillar? Y’know, the guy who, despite being the hot bat at Buffalo right now, isn’t far into his triple-A career and struggled mightily last year when pressed into big league action, about whom I wrote, “that doesn’t mean the Jays should necessarily shield him, but is it an ideal situation to bring him up and hope the hot bat continues in the big leagues in a limited role? Is it not defensible to choose to not introduce him to such potential for failure, and just let him continue to apprentice at the triple-A level?”
Well… about that.
The game of musical chairs continued today for the Jays, as Diaz was optioned back to Buffalo, and with Colby Rasmus exiting last night’s game with a tight hamstring, it was indeed Pillar who got the call to re-join the big club. He’ll start tonight in centre.
I don’t even know, man — and not just because I seem to have this damn cold that’s going around (and take two guesses at what that means for the likelihood of a podcast in the next day or three). I do know one thing, though:
I get why the Jays cling to their out-of-options depth starters, it’s just… do they not know they’re going to end up releasing one anyway?
— Andrew Stoeten (@AndrewStoeten) May 13, 2014
So… yeah. It’s frustrating.
On the other hand, Pillar really is a hot bat: a .305/.344/.461 slash line, a .361 wOBA, a 124 wRC+, coming off a streak of reaching base in 26 straight games (or something), and, excluding a cold six games to start the season, actually slashing a ridiculous .353/.397/.543 since then. And as a damn right-handed bat, too. He’s not really a platoon guy — his splits are fairly even in Buffalo — but as far as being a genuine replacement for Rajai Davis, the right-hitting platoon DH slash spare outfielder that the Jays have sought all season, he’s about as close as this organization has got. Maybe it works.