Future Watch: Anthony Kay Prospect Baseball Cards, Mets – Anthony Kay was drafted by the New York Mets with the 31st overall pick in the 2016 MLB Entry Draft. Kay has had an odd time since he’s been drafted but 2018 could be a good year for the prospect pitcher.
Kay attended Setauket High School on Long Island. The same high school as Mets left handed pitcher, Steven Matz. The Mets drafted Kay in 2013 but he chose to attend the UConn instead. In a three-year stint for the Huskies, he complied a solid record of 22-12. In the year leading up to the draft he was 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 111 strikeouts. His career total of 263 strikeouts is still a school record.
After the draft, Kay sustained a torn UCL ligament. He went under the knife and got Tommy John surgery. The prize lefty then took last year off while recovering from the procedure. It’s a long rehab process and most times the pitchers come back better than before the injury.
Here’s a look at what he can do:
Collectors can get his 2017 Bowman Chrome autographed rookie card.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Kay is the prototypical pitchability lefty, one with a track record of success at UConn as well as in the Cape Cod League in 2014 and with Team USA in 2015. He’s a strike-thrower who keeps hitters guessing, though he does so without a true out pitch. He can touch 94-95 mph with his fastball, sitting effectively at around 91 mph. His changeup is his best secondary offering, but he’ll have to work to stop lowering his arm slot when he throws it. His breaking ball is fringy. ETA unknown.
Barring any setbacks, Kay should return to the mound this spring. Now 22, fans and pundits are keeping an eye on this talent. He was drafted with a compensatory pick the Mets received after the Washington Nationals signed former Mets second baseman, Daniel Murphy.
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