Who leads off for the Blue Jays in 2016?

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Kevin Pillar

Pillar’s offensive game will no doubt be overlooked because he is such a dynamite defender in center field. The 2015 season was a huge breakout year for the 32nd-round pick. Pillar finally established himself as a starter and batted .278/.314/.399 with 25 steals. He also hit 31 doubles and 12 home runs.

Pillar is the type of player who does a little bit of everything on offense. His speed is definitely an asset the Blue Jays could use atop their order. The only concern with Pillar is his inability to draw a walk. That’s not to say he’s not a disciplined hitter at the plate. Pillar struck out only 85 times last season, but drew only 28 walks. He does not chase a ton of pitches. Some guys are swingers, even if they have a good handle on the strike zone. Pillar is one of those guys. It remains to be seen if pitchers will begin exploiting his free-swinging nature in his second full season.

With a nice blend of speed and power, Kevin Pillar is a great option for the Blue Jays to consider for the lead-off spot until Devon Travis returns. Eventually, the baseball world will begin to realize that Pillar is more than just a defensive wizard. If he can keep his offensive production consistent in 2016, Pillar could begin to approach the fringes of All-Star status.

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