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New York Mets' Spotlight: Anthony Kay

John Flanigan of spotlights another left-hander from Long Island in the Mets' organization.

The Mets just love left-handers from Long Island don’t they. With the 31st pick of the 2016 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected Long Island native LHP Anthony Kay out of the University of Connecticut. Kay is the third UConn player the Mets have selected in the past three years. 

Kay is a big left-hander, standing at 6-feet, 190 pounds. He possess a three-pitch arsenal, with no real "out pitch." His fastball is average and sits effectively in the low 90’s, and can touch around 94 mph. Scouts consider his change-up to be an above-average pitch. It sits around in the mid-to-low 80’s range, and has some excellent fade.

Kay however does seem to tip off hitters, as he has his arm in a lower arm slot when throwing his change-up. Even with the hitch, the pitch was still effective against college hitters, however against higher levels of competition the flaw will need to be worked out. His last pitch is still being developed, it is below average curveball. His curve is sort of like a slurve, as it has additional break and velocity. 

Kay is yet to pitch in a minor league game for the Mets as he was shutdown for the season due to elbow concerns. In his junior season at UConn, Kay went 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 119 innings. That season, Kay had more pick-offs (5) than stolen bases allowed (4). He is a strike thrower, who induces a lot of ground ball and weak contact. Kay definitely still has a lot of work to do, however he most certainly has the tools to be the next Long Island native left handed starting pitcher for the New York Mets.  


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