Final 2002 Scouting Report: Catcher, Brett Kay

The Mets selected Brett Kay in the 8th round of the 2001 draft. Kay attended Fullerton State College where he teamed with fellow Mets' farmhand 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 Brad Kay.

His stats in his first professional season demonstrate the solid discipline as a hitter that he has. Included in the 56 hits in 2001, were several bunt singles. He was behind Angel Pagan, the most accomplished bunter at Brooklyn. Perhaps, only Timo Perez and Angel Pagan are better bunters in the Mets organization.

Kay had a disappointing season in 2002, both at St. Lucie and and Capital City. However, that can be chalked up as a sophomore slump. Despite dips in his batting average and slugging percentage, Kay still posted excellent walks-to-hit ratios, and had a very respectable on-base percentage despite the dramatic fall in batting average. The promotion of Justin Huber, and the success of Michael Jacobs in 2002, combined to cut in to many of Kay's at-bats. The lack of consistent playing time also prevented Kay from working through his slump. The 2003 season will be a pivotal one in his development. Look for Kay to rebound to his 2001 performance in 2003.















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*Stats as of 10/01/02.

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. He has the capacity to steal consistently in double figures, as evidenced by his 7 stolen bases in 2002 despite not getting on base as much.

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 - St. Lucie Mets
Michael Jacobs A - St. Lucie Mets
Justin Huber A - Capital City Bombers
Brett Kay A - Capital City Bombers
Jim Anderson A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Brandon Wilson R - Kingsport Mets
Yunir Garcia R - Kingsport Mets


Although only Phillips and Huber are having good seasons, the Mets have several fine catching prospects. J. Wilson, Jacobs, and Kay remain prospects despite their troubles in 2002. Brandon Wilson has been reasonably healthy for the first time.

1. The surprising promotion of Huber to St. Lucie means that he will have handled most of the Mets pitching prospects between Spring Training and stints at Kingsport, Columbia and now St. Lucie. The most important task a catcher has is to handle a pitching staff. Thus, the Mets will be content to promote Huber through the system, providing that he improves his handling of a pitching staff.

2. Jason Phillips is ready and projects to become a solid starter. Mike Piazza and Vance Wilson block Phillips' road to Shea Stadium. Phillips or Wilson should eventually be dealt.

3. Michael Jacobs, a left-handed hitter, performed well in the Arizona Fall League, and his ratios suggested he would not have been overpowered by AA pitching. Thus, it was surprising that John Wilson, Brett Kay were assigned to St. Lucie with Jacobs. A situation making it difficult for any of the 3 catchers to get enough at bats. As both Jacobs and Wilson are Rule 5 draft eligible, the Mets might be trying to hide both. As Jacobs is a rare commodity - a good left-handed hitting catcher, he's the catcher the Mets are most likely trying to hide.

4. Brett Kay is another potentially solid all-around catcher with superior small ball skills to Phillips.

5. Michael Jacobs and John Wilson both have good bats, and could be productive reserve catchers.

6. Brandon Wilson has the most power of any catcher in the system.

7. Yunir Garcia has been a pleasant surprise, since he didn't show much offense when playing for the Universidad de Carabobo - the Mets VSL team.

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