Rumble Ponies Get Outstanding Pitching in Series Opener
Anthony Kay is opening lots of eyes in his first season at the Double-A level and last (Monday) night the eyes got a lot wider with his stellar performance against the Bowie Baysox. Kay threw seven no-hit innings and only gave up one walk as he upped his record to 5-2. He lowered his ERA to 1.07 which is the second lowest in the Eastern League. He now has won four straight games. Opposition hitters are only batting .130 against him which is the lowest in the Eastern League.
Kay appears to be on the fast track for advancement in the New York Mets organization. A native of Stony Brook, NY he pitched at the University of Connecticut and was the Mets first round pick in 2016. Arm problems forced him to have Tommy John surgery and he needed a year and one-half to rehab.
Kay split last season between Class A teams Columbia and St. Lucie and finished with a combined 7-11 record in 23 games. Right now the way he is pitching the only thing that may make New York cautious about moving him to Triple-A Syracuse or straight to the Major Leagues is a shortage on innings and games pitched at the professional level. The way he is pitching now that factor may soon cease to be an issue.