The New York Mets’ strategy in this year’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft has been discovering local Long Island arms. The trend that began with the first selection of Justin Dunn of Freeport, NY and then continued when they selected Stony Brook native and UConn lefty Anthony Kay with the 31st selection.
Kay, like Mets rookie lefty Steven Matz, is a product from Ward Melville High School, who commands the zone with excellent pitch placement with a good fastball that is complemented with a changeup. Kay is similar to Matz in his approach, he does not waste a lot of pitches as he keeps the ball around the zone.
In the Summer of 2014, Kay showed off to scouts in the Cape Cod with his command and powerful fastball that reached the low 90s. Kay proved to be an effective pitcher in his 15 appearances which he recorded 24 strikeouts along with a 2.75 earned run average for Wareham Gateman.
The Cod would set up Kay’s career nicely. Going into his freshman year at UConn, Kay has the tools to be an impact to the Huskies ball club. With 18 appearances in his first year, Kay did just that with a 5-4 record with an earned run average of 3.49 while impressively striking out 56 batters.
Kay’s career would consistently rise in 2015 for the Huskies, as the lefty would hurl 100 innings of ball while coming four batters shy of averaging a strikeout per inning in his sophomore year. Kay’s earned run average was reduced to 2.07 while holding opponents a .202 batting average. The impressive season earned Kay the opportunity to work with team USA in the next summer.
Climatically in his junior year at UConn, Kay progressed into the prospect that would ultimately get him drafted by the Mets in the second round. Kay struck out 111 batters while compiling a 2.65 earned run average.
With his career at UConn along with the Cape Cod League and USA baseball, Kay proved his stock as a reliable starter who gets batters out by attacking the strike zone. Kay struckout 263 in his career at UConn with an opposing batting average of .224 that compliments his 2.64 earned run average.
Kay has all the makings to become a middle to end of the rotation starter. His consistency makes him dependable and the Mets select a guy that fits their franchise well.