Dodgers: Kevin Pillar is Mashing the Ball in Triple-A
More than anything, the Dodgers wanted to ensure that they had big-league depth this season. That came after the team went through a series of injuries to position players and pitchers in 2021. Not having guys ready to go led to them pulling from their farm system to get starts.
But they made sure to be ready for that this season. In terms of position players, the Dodgers added on Kevin Pillar and Jake Lamb as their veteran talent at the minor league level. The two former big leaguers have been playing at Triple-A with OKC while they wait for their turn.
But it’s worth noting that Pillar is very much coming alive in Triple-A. The veteran outfielder is slashing .349/.474/.698 with Oklahoma City and posting a 1.172 OPS across 12 games. It’s a small sample size but very encouraging for a right-handed bat that they could use in the near future.
Pillar hasn’t had much success at the big league level with his bat. While he has been a VERY good hitter in the minor leagues throughout his career, those numbers have yet to translate to the show. But the Dodgers are hoping that something clicks when he does get the call this year.
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At this point, it’s a matter of when not if Pillar and Lamb get the call up to the big league team. Both guys will inevitably be a part of their bench, though there’s no telling how long either will stick. Lamb tore it up in Spring Training but has since come back down to earth in OKC.
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Beaty needs to start hitting or the Padres will DFA him. Pillar can probably play in MLB-if he gets a chance. He is one of those players that would be a starter on an expansion club. MLB needs to add 4 teams. Charlotte, Nashville, Portland, Oregon and Honolulu. Move the Rays to Orlando and the A’s to Sacramento.