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Better know your Blue Jays 40-man: Anthony Kay

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Anthony Kay was picked up at the end of July 2019, along with Simeon Woods Richardson, from the Mets, for Marcus Stroman. Woods Richardson was sent to the Twins, along with Austin Martin for José Berríos.

Kay made a couple of starts and a four-inning relief appearance in September of 2019. I thought he would be a big part of our 2020 rotation but then, well a pandemic came and the Jays added a bunch of starting pitchers (Hyun Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson, Matt Shoemaker and later Taijuan Walker and Robbie Ray). I’m pretty sure we would have been better off with Kay than Roark or Anderson but I don’t make the decisions.

Anthony spent 2020 in the bullpen, and it went well, until his last two appearances when he gave up 8 runs in 2.2 innings. Before those two games, he had an ERA of 2.45, after those two games it was 5.14.

Last year he made 5 starts and 6 relief appearances and spent some time in the minors and on the IL.

This year? The rotation looks full, so he’s in a battle with Ryan Borucki, Tim Mayza, Tayler Saucedo and Andrew Vasquez for a lefty spot in the bullpen. Kay has options left, so he’s unlikely to win a spot. I’d imagine they would have him start in Buffalo if he doesn’t make the team.

A few years ago, a lefty who throws in the mid-90s (averaged 94.3 MPH on the fastball last year) and has reasonable control wouldn’t have a hard time finding a job on any MLB team staff. But then this isn’t your dad’s MLB anymore.

Anthony turned 27 Monday, so it would be good to get his career going if he’s going to make big money at some point. It does seem harder to break into the majors than it used to be.

PECOTA thinks he will get into 28 games, 6 starts with a 4.76 ERA in 47.2 innings.

Poll

If the over/under on Anthony Kay’s innings is 47 I’d take the

This poll is closed

  • 32%
    Over
    (77 votes)
  • 67%
    Under
    (157 votes)
234 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Most of Kay’s MLB innings will come as a

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  • 15%
    Starter
    (35 votes)
  • 84%
    Reliever
    (194 votes)
229 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Which of these lefties will pitch the most inning for the Blue Jays this year?

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  • 19%
    Ryan Borucki
    (49 votes)
  • 1%
    Anthony Kay
    (5 votes)
  • 71%
    Tim Mayza
    (182 votes)
  • 3%
    Tayler Saucedo
    (9 votes)
  • 3%
    Andrew Vasquez
    (10 votes)
255 votes total Vote Now

EDITORS NOTE: Follow Anthony on Twitter @TonyBuckets18, as well as his brother Bobby @BKayZone, who was a solid addition to the Jays’ fanbase thanks to the trade.