Number 31 Pick Anthony Kay Signs with Mets

By Teddy Klein

July 13, 2016 9 Comments

(MLB.com)

(MLB.com)

UPDATE!: 

Bobby Kay, Anthony’s brother, has tweeted a picture:

And Jim Callis with the Bonus and the details:

Original Post 1:57 PM:

As the draft signing period comes to a close friday, we have a few guys remaining to be signed by the Mets, and the most looming is #31 pick Anthony Kay, the left handed pitcher from UConn. Mets and Kay nearly gave us a heart attack after signing Planck to $1,000,001 yesterday, making the Mets $954,901 over slot, should they not sign Kay.

Signing Kay breaks free the slot money designated for him at $1,972,100. At the current time, they are 14% over slot without his money, so if they don’t sign Kay, they are at risk to being taxed at 100% over and losing their first and second round pick for the 2017 draft, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Heyman reported he is close.

Should the Mets sign Kay, they have $1,017,199 to work with that is left in their pool to sign Kay. They can also go over up to 5% to 1,400,784 and be taxed at 75% for the overage only. I understand if the money concept may be confusing.

We will see what happens, and why he took under slot by such a large margin. Rumors have been swirling around his physical, but we’ll see…

This is his scouting report from Baseball America:

A 29th round pick of the Mets out of high school, Kay was one of three promising Long Island prep arms, with Stephen Woods and Matt Vogel also showing promise. All three chose to go to college, and Kay has emerged as the best of the group. The ace of UConn’s staff, Kay throws three pitches for strikes. His fastball works in the low 90s and touches 95 early in his starts. Scouts see his changeup is an above-average or plus pitch; it shows both fade and tumble and generates swings and misses from righthanded hitters regularly. Kay has a tendency to throw his changeup from a slightly lower arm slot, giving scouts concerns that elite hitters will be able to see the pitch coming. He throws a breaking ball with slurvy shape. Kay usually throws the pitch against righthanded hitters, and has not thrown it with conviction this spring. Kay is on the shorter side, standing at 6-foot, but he has a wide, sturdy build.

 

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  • Rocky Thompson

    Teddy, Great job with the draft updates. Is there any one of the remaining unsigned prep players that you would like to see the Mets sign?

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  • Brian Regan

    This is interesting. He seems like an upside arm. I am really hoping the mets sign him in the next day or 2. We could have a lot of good young arms back in the system again next year. Possibly having Molina, Dunn, Church and Kay in a rotation in st lucie (probably Conlon as well

  • Mike Lloyd

    Very good. I was just wondering about this…

  • danielm – LGM

    Great. Hope the elbow is ok, but it’s great that we got both Planck and Kay. I had given up on Planck awhile ago.

  • danielm – LGM

    If conlon keeps doing what he’s doing, I think they start him in Binghamton. Someone as polished as him is going to dominate the lower levels of the minors. AA is going to be a real test for him. It really nice to have a bunch of arms to get excited about again. The St. Lucie rotation looks great for next year. And, since the Kingsport staff is so great, the Brooklyn and Columbia rotations will probably be loaded as well

  • Rocky Thompson

    Based on the numbers, Mets are $82,801 over slot with the ability to spend another $298,784 over slot before they reach the 5% threshold. Interesting to see if they are able to sign anyone else.

  • SynderGOD

    Cool, hopefully they can sign another pick asking for a high bonus.

  • Michael Mayer

    Reports on the elbow aren’t great, fraying in the UCL ligament which means possible TJS.