Anthony Kay
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Kay at the 2019 All-Star Futures Game
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 47
Pitcher
Born: (1995-03-21) March 21, 1995 (age 27)
Stony Brook, New York
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 7, 2019, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through April 12, 2022)
Win–loss record4–2
Earned run average5.48
Strikeouts77
Teams

Anthony Benjamin Kay (born March 21, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB). Kay was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round with the 31st pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft.

Career

Amateur

Kay attended Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 29th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign. He attended the University of Connecticut to play college baseball.[1]

As a freshman at Connecticut in 2014, Kay appeared in 18 games and made eight starts. He went 5–4 with a 3.49 earned run average (ERA) and 56 strikeouts. As a sophomore, he started 14 out of 17 games and was 8–6 with a 2.07 ERA with 96 strikeouts.[2] As a junior, he started 17 games, going 9–2 with a 2.65 ERA and 111 strikeouts.[3] In 2014 and 2015, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[4][5][6]

New York Mets

The New York Mets selected Kay in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft (31st overall) using the compensatory pick they received after the Washington Nationals signed Daniel Murphy.[7] Kay did not appear in any games in the Mets' organization after being drafted and then underwent Tommy John surgery on October 4, 2016, putting him out for the entire 2017 season.[8] He returned in 2018 to play for the Columbia Fireflies and the St. Lucie Mets, combining to go 7–11 with a 4.26 ERA in 122.2 innings. In 2019, he opened the season with the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, before being promoted to the Syracuse Mets on June 14.[9] Kay was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.[10]

Toronto Blue Jays

On July 28, 2019, the Mets traded Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to the Blue Jays for Marcus Stroman and cash considerations.[11] Kay was added to the major league roster on September 7 to start against the Tampa Bay Rays.

With the 2020 Toronto Blue Jays, Kay appeared in 13 games, compiling a 2-0 record with 5.14 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched.[12]

References

  1. ^ Don, Amore. "Anthony Kay Has Matured So Much, The UConn Lefty Might Be A First Round MLB Pick". Hartford Courant.
  2. ^ Pierson, John (April 21, 2015). "UConn's Anthony Kay is "best sophomore pitcher ever" for Huskies".
  3. ^ Courant, Hartford. "UConn's Anthony Kay Expected To Go In First Two Rounds Of Draft Tonight".
  4. ^ Sean Gonsalves. "Cape League Dominates 2016 MLB First - Year Player Draft". capecodbaseball.org. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "#50 Anthony Kay". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  6. ^ "Anthony Kay". pointstreak.com. Retrieved September 23, 2021.
  7. ^ Amore, Don (June 10, 2016). "Mets Select Anthony Kay Out Of UConn". Hartford Courant. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Mets' Anthony Kay: Undergoes Tommy John surgery Tuesday". CBS Sports. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  9. ^ Tim Healey (June 10, 2019). "LI's Anthony Kay gets promoted to Triple-A with Mets as next stop". Newsday. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  10. ^ Jim Callis (June 28, 2019). "Here are the 2019 Futures Game rosters". MLB.com. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
  11. ^ "Mets, Blue Jays agree to Stroman deal". July 28, 2019. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  12. ^ "Anthony Kay Stats, Fantasy & News | Toronto Blue Jays".