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New York Mets: All aboard the Anthony Kay hype train

05/21/2019
Teddy Rydquist

If New York Mets prospect Anthony Kay wasn’t on your radar already, it’s time to take notice of what the lefty is doing at Binghamton.

After hurling seven shutout innings of three-hit baseball on May 14, Anthony Kay was even better on Monday.

The New York Mets‘ No. 7 overall prospect threw seven no-hit innings for Double-A Binghamton against the Bowie Baysox. He walked just one and struck out seven in the win.

Kay has allowed a total of six earned runs over his nine starts for the Rumble Ponies in 2019 (50.2 IP). This translates to a microscopic 1.07 ERA.

The Stony Brook native was perfect through five innings on Monday night. The only baserunner of the game for the Baysox came when third baseman Jesmuel Valentin drew a walk to lead off the sixth. He was erased two batters later when shortstop Chris Clare grounded into a double play, allowing Kay to still face the minimum.

“It’s really fun,” Kay said via Jordan Wolf of MiLB.com. “You want to be able to put together a couple of good outings in a row. It’s good to be able to do that.”

Kay’s 1.07 ERA is the second-best mark in the Eastern League. He posted a 4.26 ERA over 23 starts across two levels in his debut professional season in 2018. The left-hander credits this improvement to a more aggressive mindset.

“Just getting ahead,” Kay explained. “I want to attack the hitter and get pitcher’s counts rather than getting behind 3-1, 2-1, things like that.”

It sounds obvious, but getting ahead in the count makes a world of difference.

With all the uncertainty in the New York Mets rotation, Kay could reach the big leagues later this year. While there is no timetable on any promotion, it does not seem that he has much more to prove at Double-A.

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