All bunts, all the time: Toronto Blue Jays’ Pillar bunts seven times in minor league games, goes 0 for 7
|National Post 20 Mar 2017 at 07:19|
The Toronto Blue Jays centre fielder spent Sunday switching from a Triple-A exhibition game to a Double-A contest on adjacent fields, attempting to reach on bunt singles in all seven at-bats.
Pillar might need a little more practice he went 0 for 7.
Its something that I want to have as a tool, something in my back pocket, he said. Find another way to get on base. To be confident enough to get my bunt down, place it where I want to place it. A perfectly executed bunt is tough to defend, even if they know its coming.
Pillar has worked on bunting off a pitching machine and said it almost has become easy to place the ball.
Facing Yankees minor leaguers at New Yorks complex in Tampa, Florida, Pillar struck out in his first two at-bats on foul bunts with two strikes. After bunting the ball in the air to the first baseman on his next try, he got the final four attempts down but was thrown out each time.
Its good for me to get out here and realize theres still a lot work to be done, Pillar said. It started out pretty bad and then a little bit better. So, I take that as a positive days work. Ill continue to work on it, and make it a part of my game as best that I can.
Its good for me to get out here and realize theres still a lot work to be done
Pillar hit .266 in 146 games last season.
Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis also took part in the minor league games as a designated hitter, and remains hopeful of being ready for the start of the regular season.
Thats my goal, Travis said. Things got to continue to progress the right way.
Travis has been slowed by a bone bruise on his right knee, which had off-season surgery to remove a small flap of cartilage. He ran to first base at full speed.