By Jerry Del Priore
Binghamton Rumble Ponies left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay is currently the eighth-rated prospect, No. 2 hurler, in the New York Mets minor league system in the 2019 campaign.
After Kay, the Mets first-round supplemental selection (31st overall) in the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, tossed 5.1 innings of scoreless baseball in the Double-A Rumble Ponies’ (13-8) 10-1 against the 7-15 Portland Sea Dogs (Boston) Thursday night at Hadlock Field, he continued to improve his prospect status.
The Stony Brook, Long Island, native evened his season record at 2-2 and lowered his already-impressive ERA from 1.85 to a stellar 1.52 in 29.2 frames in six games. Kay permitted just two hits while striking out four batters, and surrendered three walks.
Though the University of Connecticut product missed the entire 2017 season due to Tommy John Surgery, he was serviceable in 2018, going 7-11 with a 4.26 ERA in 122.2 innings of work in 23 contests between two stops (Columbia Fireflies–Mid-Level Single-A, St. Lucie Mets–Advanced Single-A) in New York’s farm system.
But it appears that Kay’s surgically repaired left arm is gaining strength this year.
Additionally, being a lefty bodes well for him, as good southpaws are hard to come by in baseball, and the Mets will give him every chance to prove himself due to being a high draft player.