Catcher, Brett Kay

Brett Kay was the Mets' 8th round selection in the June 2001 draft. Kay attended Fullerton State College where he teamed with fellow Mets signee David Bacani to lead the Titans to the College World Series in 2001. Aside from playing catcher, the athletic Kay also played centerfield as a freshman. Kay is the son of former Los Angeles Ram offensive lineman and his mother was quite an amateur athlete.

His stats demonstrate the solid discipline as a hitter that he has. And included in the 56 hits were several bunt singles. He was behind Angel Pagan the most accomplished bunter at Brooklyn. Perhaps, only Timoniel Perez and Pagan are better bunters in the Mets organization.

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2001

Brooklyn

.311

180

56

5

18

28

2

16

28

.380

.467


* Stats as of 10/31/01

Batting and Power. It's too early to project his offense, but Kay is very skilled offensively. He has some power, he can hit the ball to all fields, can hit and run, hit behind the runner. He is also an outstanding bunter both in sacrifice situations and bunting for base hits. At 6'1", 190 lbs., there is room for him to grow into his frame.

Base running and speed. Kay has good speed and is an aggressive base runner. Although he had only 2 SBs, he has the capacity to steal consistently in double figures.

Defense. Kay has shown he can handle a pitching staff, block balls in the dirt, and throw out runners.

Projection: Starting/reserve catcher. Kay has some tools, but he is a baseball player who can do a lot different things for a team. That should be sufficient to get him to the majors at least as a reserve.

ETA: 2005. Kay is advanced as a catcher both defensively and offensively. So he could be ready a little sooner than 2005, however, catchers seldom move through a farm system quickly.

Catchers Team
Jason Phillips AAA - Norfolk Tides
John Wilson A - Capital City Bombers
Michael Jacobs A - Capital City Bombers
Tyler Beuerlein A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Francisco Sosa A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Justin Huber R - Kingsport Mets
Brandon Wilson R - Kingsport Mets
Aldaberto Molinas R - Kingsport Mets
Danilo Reynoso R - Kingsport Mets
Carlos Morel R - Domincan Summer League Mets
Carlos Pereda R - Universidad de Carabobo


COMMENTS


1. BaseballAmerica (BA), and TeamOne Baseball (T1) have both considered the Mets 2001 draft to be a top five draft. Both T1 and On-Deck Baseball liked the balance of the Mets draft between polished, advanced players and raw but very talented players. The Mets' 7th and 8th draft selections in the June 2001 draft were excellent examples of this - Brett Kay and Tyler Beuerlein. Kay is a very solid, polished advanced player who is very likely to make to the majors as a starter or reserve catcher. Nevertheless is unlikely to be a star unless he greatly exceeds expectations. On the other hand, Beuerlein has a lot of raw potential, but is not very advanced as a hitter. He could be a star, but he also could be a bust and not make at all. However, Beuerlein being a switch-hitter who can play 1B and corner outfield, increases his chance of making as an an utility player. Also, the ability to bat left handed with power increases his chances of being a reserve. There are several catchers who are in the majors strictly because they can bat left handed. I mean they can't hit a lick, have no power, no speed and aren't strong defensively yet are on major league 25-man rosters every year.

2. Jason Phillips is ready and projects to be at least a solid back up catcher.

3. Michael Jacobs, a left-handed hitter, is progressing nicely in the Arizona Fall League.

4. At this time, Brett Kay is very advanced and probably the Mets top catching prospect.

5. Tyler Beuerlein is a switch hitter with power from both sides of plate and has considerable upside, but develop could be slowed since he played at Grand Canyon College - a NAIA school.

6. Fransisco Sosa is a speedy catcher who has hit, can defend but needs to improve his handling of pitchers. He has no power.

7. Justin Huber may be the best long range catching prospect in the system.

8. Aldaberto Molinas and Danilo Reynoso are products of the DSL Mets. They appear to be highly regarded by the Mets despite not getting opportunities to play a lot behind Kay and Huber.

9. Brandon Wilson has the most power of any catcher in the system, but whose career as a catcher may be threatened by a chronic shoulder condition.

10. Carlos Morel was the DSL Mets most productive hitter with a 899 OPS. He also handle a staff whose top 4 starters were a combined 22-3.

11. Although not included in this list, the Mets like Bubba Castenada's defense.



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