Kevin Pillar is someone I haven’t really considered before, but if you’ve ever watched a Blue Jays game you know how incredible he is defensively in center field. It seems like he makes the best catch of the year every night.
He also had his career-high in home runs this past season hitting 16. Obviously hitting in Toronto and San Francisco is a big difference, but I still think he could manage double-digit home runs with the Giants.
Pillar has also double-digit stolen bases in three straight years.
The big issue with Pillar are his average and on-base-percentage. His career numbers of .264 and .302 are not great, and you’d have to put him at the bottom of the lineup.
That’s the exact same issue with our next candidate in Billy Hamilton. Unbelievable defensive skills in center field, but struggles to get on base.
He has a career batting average of .248 and an OBP of .298. He does give you a lot more steals with at least 56 a year for the past four years, but he gives you almost no power with a career-high of six back in 2014.
Of these two I’d have to go with Pillar simply because the Giants need the added power more than they do stolen bases. And I think both are comparable defensively.