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New York Mets minor league gems emerging as top prospects

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: A general exterior view of Citi Field as the New York Mets get set to host the Washington Nationals during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: A general exterior view of Citi Field as the New York Mets get set to host the Washington Nationals during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: Anthony Kay #79 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Anthony Kay

The left-handed hurler is a Long Island native and after being overworked in his final season at UCONN, he has rebounded nicely and become an intriguing future starter. After much success in AA Binghamton, Anthony Kay has been called up to some struggles in Syracuse.

In the 2019 Future’s Game, Kay surrendered a single to the #1 overall prospect Wander Franco of the Rays and struck out #5 overall prospect Luis Robert of the White Sox. So, he appears to be headed in the right direction.

He has evolved into a solid three-pitch pitcher and mainly relies upon his change-up as his out pitch. His fastball lives in the mid-’90s and also has a high spin rate, which is always a major plus in terms of evaluation. The high spin rate fastball has a twofold effect upon the hitter- it makes the ball appear as if it is rising and due to this it also seems like the ball is reached the plate quicker than the radar gun reads.

For some context, Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, and Seth Lugo have prospered due to a high spin rate, whereas Syndergaard has floundered without one in the last two or so seasons.

Kay appears to be a potential middle of the rotation starter with some upside and will probably make his debut in 2020, as he acquaints himself with AAA Syracuse for the remainder of 2019.

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