Kevin was on the football, basketball, and baseball teams during his time at Chaminade. He earned first-team All-CIF honors in each sport. While he succeeded in all three, he truly excelled in baseball. He played in the outfield and had a batting average of just under .400 with a high of .463 his senior year.
Kevin continued his baseball career at California State Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA, while studying mathematics and business. He was an All-American center fielder for the Toros. As a freshman, he had a batting average of .379, the fifth-highest average the California Collegiate Athletic Association, and set the NCAA Division II record with a 54-game hitting streak in 2010.
In 2011, Kevin was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He was named an Appalachian League All-Star while playing for the Bluefield Blue Jays in 2011 and holds the team’s all-time records for batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. In 2012, he was promoted to the Dunedin Blue Jays and named the Midwest League Most Valuable Player. On August 14, 2013, Kevin made his Major League debut for the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Boston Red Sox. Just ten days later, he hit his first home run in the majors off the Houston Astros’ Brad Peacock.
Since his MLB debut, Kevin’s success on the baseball diamond has only increased. He continues to be a strong hitter and defensive player. In 2015 he was a finalist for the Golden Glove award and named the 2015 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. In 2016, he was once again a Golden Glove finalist and received the Fielding Bible Award on October 28.
Kevin is also excelling off the field. In 2016, he was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award, an annual recognition of a player who acts as a role model and is dedicated to philanthropy. He volunteers with several charities in Toronto and works with the MLB Action Team at the West Hills campus.
In 2019 the Blue Jays traded Pillar to the Giants, where he batted .264 with 37 doubles (8th in the NL), 21 home runs, 87 RBIs, and 6 sacrifice flies (8th) while stealing 14 bases; his 161 games played for the season were 6th in the majors. He led the Giants (or tied for the lead) in runs, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, and stolen bases.