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SportsJays prospect Anthony Kay puts the fight back in his fight for a rotation spot

10:05  07 september  2019
10:05  07 september  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Anthony Kay was the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization when he was with New York, but there were significant roadblocks to the major Kay may be competing against his teammates to win a rotation spot down the road, but for now he is encouraged by the talent in the Jays ’ system.

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Anthony Kay was the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization when he was with New York, but there were significant roadblocks to the major leagues.

“Guys like (Noah) Syndergaard, (Jacob) deGrom, all them, you know you’re not pushing those guys out,” Kay said last month.

The road became more straightforward when the 24-year-old left-hander was traded to the Blue Jays as part of the return for Marcus Stroman in late July. Shorter, too. It will be just shy of six weeks since the trade when Kay, now Toronto’s No. 3 pitching prospect behind right handers Nate Pearson and Alek Manoah, debuts against the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday.

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Anthony Kay is on his way to becoming a member of the ever-growing club that includes former Mets prospects who might one day come back to haunt Anthony Kay is joining scary ex-Mets prospect trend. Kay is the fifth-ranked prospect in a loaded Blue Jays farm system and likely closer to the major The 2016 first-round pick’s road to the majors has been as unpredictable as the Mets putting

Kay got into three starts with the Blue Jays at the end of the season, and made an impression even if his results weren’t sterling. Pearson is the Blue Jays ’ best prospect and an absolute beast who profiles as a top-of-the- rotation starter in The diminutive righty will be in for a tough fight , but there

Kay, a six-foot, 218-pound New York native, throws a fastball, a curveball and his bread-and-butter changeup, which he believes he mixes well for an aggressive approach on the mound.

The former first round draft pick, selected by the Mets in 2016, missed most of 2017 because of Tommy John surgery, then posted a 3.58 ERA his last two years in the minors. He started this year with in double-A Binghamton and struggled when he was first promoted to triple-A. But he hit his stride when he joined the Jays’ organization, posting a 2.50 ERA in seven starts with Buffalo.

“I feel like I lost my competitive edge a little bit (after surgery) because everyone out there was just telling me, ‘Go out there and pitch and don’t worry about the result,’” Kay said. “I figure this year I wanted to go out there and try and get that fire back and be as competitive as possible.”

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Blue Jays ' Anthony Kay : Optioned to Triple-A. Kay wasn't a favorite to secure an Opening Day rotation spot as he's thrown just 14 career big-league innings. Kay will begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo, but a strong start will put him in position for a promotion should the Kay was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Orioles due to back pain, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Kay is the higher profile prospect of the two as the left-hander was part of the return in the Marcus Stroman trade. The big left-hander has performed well at The former Mets first-rounder figures to contend for a role in the Blue Jays ’ 2020 rotation . He’s already won over fans with his highly-public

That is the kind of fiery mindset Kay will need to win a job in the Jays’ rotation. Toronto has about 15 arms vying to become part of the group over the next couple of years, and the club will also look at free agents to complete the staff.

Kay may be competing against his teammates to win a rotation spot down the road, but for now he is encouraged by the talent in the Jays’ system.

“Everyone you’ve got here is throwing 94, 95 (miles per hour) and so I think all these guys are really good and they’re all young, too, so I think the next couple of years will be really good.”

Laura Armstrong is a sports reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @lauraarmy

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