Kay at the 2019 All-Star Futures Game
|Toronto Blue Jays|
|Born: March 21, 1995|
Stony Brook, New York
Anthony Benjamin Kay (born March 21, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. Kay was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round with the 31st pick in the 2016 MLB draft.
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.
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. As a junior, he started 17 games, going 9–2 with a 2.65 ERA and 111 strikeouts.
The New York Mets selected Kay in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft, thirty first overall, using the compensatory pick they received after the Washington Nationals signed Daniel Murphy. 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. He returned in 2018 to play for the Columbia Fireflies and the St. Lucie Mets, combing 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 Jun 14. Kay was named to the 2019 All-Star Futures Game.
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