Tonight was my second look at Anthony Kay, the 23-year-old lefty taken in the first round of the 2016 draft by the Mets but pitching in his first season following Tommy John Surgery following the draft. I first saw Kay on the fourth of July and tonight I saw more of the same from an arm that Mets fans should be excited about.
The night started off sluggish as Anthony appeared to have some issues with command along with a bit of a tight squeeze from the umpire on close calls. During his first two innings Kay allowed four hits (all singles) and three walks while allowing three runs to score which ultimately was the difference in the game. From the third inning on however is when he settle down and went on a roll.
In the third inning, Kay would run off three consecutive strikeouts, two swinging and one looking. In the forth inning Kay struck out the first two batters, both swinging, before allowing his forth walk and a groundout to secure consecutive scoreless innings.
After allowing a lead off double to start the fifth and his final inning of work Anthony induced a line out and a pop out before striking out his sixth and final batter of the night swinging.
Throughout the night Anthony Kay per stadium radar gun sat 92-94 MPH on his often rising fastball. Anthony over the final three innings appear to rely heavily on his off speed pitches, what looked to be a solid curveball (83/84 MPH) with spin and his trademark change up (80-81 MPH) which saw a lot of swings and misses in the outing. Video of all the strikeouts below.
The left-hander is now 6-8 on the year with a 4.11 ERA and 9.3 K/9 in 103 innings during his first pro season.