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Where did Kevin Pillar rank among MLB center fielders in 2019?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants slides to score at home plate during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants slides to score at home plate during the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 07: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants rounds third base to score against the Washington Nationals in the bottom of the ninth inning at Oracle Park on August 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Nationals won the game 4-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – AUGUST 07: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants rounds third base to score against the Washington Nationals in the bottom of the ninth inning at Oracle Park on August 7, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Nationals won the game 4-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Kevin Pillar

PA: 645—2nd
BA: .259—15th
OBP: .287—37th
SLG: .432—17th
OPS: .719—26th
OPS+: 89—t-21st
H: 158—5th
2B: 37—1st
HR: 21—t-10th
RBI: 88—5th
R: 83—9th
WAR: 1.0—28th

The good: Kevin Pillar finished the season as the San Francisco Giants team leader in hits (157), doubles (37), RBI (87), runs scored (82) and steals (14), while tying for the team lead with a career-high 21 home runs.

The bad: His .287 on-base percentage ranked 132nd among 135 players who qualified for the batting title, ahead of only Orlando Arcia (.283), Rougned Odor (.283) and Randal Grichuk (.280).

So where does that leave the San Francisco Giants?

The 30-year-old Pillar will be eligible for arbitration for the final time in 2020, and after earning $5.8 million in 2019, his salary could exceed $8 million.

There’s at least a chance he will be non-tendered, despite his strong counting numbers offensively, given the leaguewide value placed on on-base percentage.

On the other hand, there’s no clear replacement for him in center field after a disappointing season from Steven Duggar.

Next. Where did Evan Longoria rank among MLB third basemen?

Regardless, what to do with Kevin Pillar will be one of the first big decisions of the offseason for the San Francisco Giants.

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