Trenton, New Jersey - Take your pick.
The fire from Kevin Pillar's hot bat? The fire from his Fisher Cats hitting coach and manager when speaking of the highly regarded player? Or the fire that comes from Pillar himself. All spark, and toughness, and emotion, mixed with the laser-focus of a purist. He leads by example, both at the plate and in the outfield.
"He is the best player in the league," said New Hampshire hitting coach Richie Hebner. "He does everything well."
By everything, he means hitting, power, defense, and base running. Getting timely hits. Working a hitter's count. Getting a hit with two strikes on him. Making the most of every situation.
Speaking of which. Pillar's also a romantic, mixed with a realist. In an interview posted on the Fisher Cats website, he said he'd promised his fiancee Amanda they'll get married after he's made it to the big leagues.
He's on the right track. After 40 games, the right fielder is hitting .326 with 56 hits (Eastern League best), 11 of them doubles, and 4 home runs. He's also drawn ten walks, something Fisher Cats manager Gary Allenson said he needs to do more often. That was the only negative manager or hitting coach could come up with. To add to the other positives, his mentality, generosity, and kindness were also mentioned.
It's all part of the West Hills California native's approach, which Pillar says is something he's conscious of, and was even more aware of when preparing for 2013.
"A lot of what I worked on in the off-season, I carried into spring training. And that was my overall mindset," he said. "It's about looking beyond here, looking beyond the numbers. I strive here and I'll strive beyond here. I'll never be satisfied."
That attitude is perhaps a response to being overlooked and underestimated.
Pillar was drafted low (32nd round) out of Division II Call State-Dominguez Hills, and was on the smaller side (listed 6-0, 195 LBS when selected), but he was an excellent player in high school, hitting .463 his senior year for Chaminade College Prep. Scouts however, had to decide whether to take a chance on him. Did he have the ability to be an impact player in the major leagues? Can that talent translate to skill at the highest level of the game?
2012 was a successful campaign with some issues mixed in. He's done a better job this year of not striking out as often. In ten games, he's done so just four times, and seventeen times overall this season. He finished 2012 with an arm-load of honors, including MiLB.com Organizational All-Star, and hit .374 in a career-high 128 games.
The numbers are not the thing that Pillar sets goals for. Stats are for statisticians. His game, as a purist, is being important to the team.
"I want to be the guy the coach runs out there everyday and feels confident that I'm going to compete," said Pillar.
That's what lights the fire that's motivated him, and nothing's changed.
Except that, now, he's got a promise of matrimony to motivate him as well.
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