Mets prospect Anthony Kay may be on the way to save the day
By Tim Boyle
The hottest New York Mets prospect of 2019, pitcher Anthony Kay, is one step closer to the big leagues. Is Kay on the way to save the day?
Tempted to write this in full rhyme or iambic pentameter if I’m feeling adventurous enough, I’m happy to report New York Mets pitching prospect Anthony Kay is may be on the way to save the day. The southpaw was promoted to the Syracuse Mets on Monday and is now one step closer to reaching the big leagues.
In 12 starts with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Kay went 7-3 with a 1.49 ERA. Batters whiffed more than once per inning against him. They struggled to reach base at all. Kay wraps up his Double-A stint with a 0.92 WHIP.
Though there’s no guarantee we see Kay with the big league Mets this year, he is following a similar path as fellow Long Island native, Steven Matz. The two may end up sharing more than a high school. Matz, who made his MLB in late June of 2015, helped lock down six games for the Mets late in the year. If Kay jumps to the big leagues this year, he would likely follow a slightly different path.
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It’s no secret the Mets need bullpen help. Other than closer Edwin Diaz and can-do-anything reliever Seth Lugo, the relievers have been unreliable. If all goes well, Kay could become more than a temporary lefty reliever in this team’s bullpen. He has the potential to help hold leads for much of the second half of the season.
The Amazins have tried just about every arm they have to stabilize the bullpen. Many men have shuttled back and forth between Syracuse and Flushing. None of those arms with options have done enough to stick around for good.
Kay looks like the final reinforcement have left in the minor leagues at any position.
There’s no Pete Alonso crushing home runs to help the offense. There’s no Jeff McNeil prepared to hit .333 and play anywhere on the field the team needs him to. The organization lacks major league ready players on the farm. Soon, Kay could get the nod and get his first taste of the show.
My guess says the Mets patiently wait for Kay to further prove 2019 is a dominant year from him. As Rising Apple’s James Richards opined, it’s important not to rush him too quickly. Kay is a potential future member of this rotation as soon as 2020. Damaging him now in a lost season would only set them back in the future.
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In a decade where the Mets managed to develop some uniquely talented starting pitchers, Kay looks like the next in line to continue the tradition. He’s another step closer to making the dream a reality. First, he’ll show us what he can do in Syracuse.