For a little while on Monday, with the Mets and Double-A Binghamton both listing their starters as & # 39; TBA & # 39; – it seemed that the prospect of LHP Anthony Kay They could be hours away from making their Major League debut. That did not happen, but it did not stop Kay from making news anyway.
Kay, the 24-year-old who has been one of the best pitchers in all minor league baseball this season, pitched 7 hits without hits for Binghamton on Monday night before being eliminated in just 88 pitches because his count of releases is handled
During the start, Kay walked one and struck out eight, lowering her effectiveness to 1.07 and WHIP to 0.77.
In her last six starts (spanning 37.2 innings), Kay has allowed only two runs on 14 hits while walking 11 (only three in her last three starts) and struck out 40.
Here are the 7 Anthony Kay strikeouts of his 7 hits without hits last night for Binghamton.
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"It's really fun," Kay told MiLB.com about her good run. "It's what you always want to do as a starting pitcher, you want to organize a couple of good starts in a row, it's good to be able to do that … Regardless of a good or bad start, you're kind" of wanting to move forward after each start. You reflect on it, watch a video and then continue. "
A first-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Kay missed the entire 2017 season due to Tommy John's surgery before returning in 2018 and pitching for Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie.
"Kay presents a mix of three pitches with a fastball that sits 92-94 and hits 96 mph," wrote Joe DeMayo, a collaborator with SNY, in his deep dive on Kay. "Kay feels that some changes in the delivery that she made and that she feels completely healthy have made her throw more strongly in a more consistent manner, she has two secondary pitches, the main one being her change in the low 80s she uses to keep batters Kay recently had felt very comfortable with a curved ball that rotated in the upper 70's to the low 80's. "
The Mets have said in recent weeks that Kay is on his radar as a possible answer in the rotation this season. And after his performance on Monday night, it's hard to watch him stay at Double-A much longer. The only question that remains is if you are going to spice up in Triple-A or jump directly into the majors.