Wilson sporting goods released their defensive players of the year list today, and the majority of the players were National League members. The one exception was a 32nd round pick in the 2011 draft, and as little as 3 years ago spent the entire season in A and high A ball.
Who is he you ask?
The lone AL player was none other than the Blue Jays CF, Kevin Pillar. Although it was his bat that caused him to rise through the Jays minor league system rapidly (hitting above .300 at 4 different levels, then .299 in AAA Buffalo before his call up in 2003), it was his glove that earned him an every day spot in the Jays outfield this year. The outfield spots not covered by Jose Bautista over the past few years in Toronto have been a bit of a revolving door, but it looks as if the center field spot is now Kevin's to lose.
I found this Topps Pro Debut card from 2013, serial numbered 42 out of 50, and thought that a gold card would be appropriate for an award similar to a gold glove.
Congratulations Kevin on the award!
thanks for reading, Robert