Every year as part of the MLB All-Star game festivities, the MLB invites the best prospects from each organization to play in the All-Star Futures Game. Many of the game’s biggest stars have played in this game over the years. It is considered an honor to be selected as it means that you are considered an All-Star caliber player of the future.
Last year, current Mets first baseman Pete Alonso starred in the game hitting a majestic 415- foot homer to give Team USA the lead. Mets SS/2B prospect Andres Gimenez also was selected to play last year for the world team. In 2017, SS Amed Rosario and C Tomas Nido were selected. In 2016, SS Amed Rosario, INF Dilson Herrera, and 1B Domonic Smith were selected. In 2015, OF Brandon Nimmo, OF Michael Conforto, and then on the Mariners, RHP Edwin Diaz represented. Almost all these players have made an impact at the highest level and this year’s Mets selection has a big chance to this year.
LHP Anthony Kay was the lone Met prospect selected to the Futures Game this year. Kay began the year in Double-A (Binghamton Rumble Ponies) and was dominant. Through 66.1 innings pitched, Anthony went 7-3, struck out 70 hitters and walked 23 while posting a 1.49 ERA and an 0.92 WHIP with a 9.5 Strikeouts per nine innings average. Kay’s ERA was the best in the Eastern League. On June 10th, the organization promoted the dominant lefty to Triple-A (Syracuse Mets). Kay has struggled since his promotion going 0-2 allowing 11 runs in 9 innings (11.00 ERA) although he has struck out 10, he has walked 4.
Overall, Anthony Kay has been a highly touted prospect. Drafted by the New York Mets in the 29th round back in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Ward Melville High School in Long Island New York, He is ranked as MLB Pipeline’s 95th best prospect and the Mets 3rd best prospect. Baseball America has him ranked at 85. His Overall stats this season are 7-5 with a 2.63 ERA, 80 strikeouts in 75.1 innings, a 9.6 strikeouts per 9 innings, and an opponents .197 average.
The All-Star Futures game takes place on July 7th at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. For the first time this year, the teams will be split between the National and American leagues. Prior to that, it was the US and World based teams. The game will also be shortened from 9 to 7 innings.