Kay was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Orioles due to back pain, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
It's unclear when Kay picked up the issue; he tested it out prior to Tuesday's game but the Blue Jays decided to play it safe with the 24-year-old lefty. With less than a week left in the season, it's not yet known whether Kay will appear again. In a trio of outings since being called up from the minors, Kay posted a 5.79 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 13:5 K:BB in 14 innings. The Blue Jays have yet to announce who will start in his place Tuesday.
Kay (1-0) picked up the win as the primary pitcher against the Orioles on Thursday, giving up two earned runs on four hits over four innings, striking out three and walking one as the Blue Jays won 8-4.
Working behind an opener for the first time, Kay fared well in limiting the Orioles to a pair of runs and ultimately picking up his first big-league win. It's possible he stays in this role moving forward, which would limit any value he may have since he wouldn't be working deep enough into games to qualify for decisions. Either way, it's hard to assess Kay at this point, given that he only has 14 big-league innings under his belt.
Kay will work as the primary pitcher Thursday against the Orioles and will follow opener Wilmer Font, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports.
For fantasy purposes, this actually gives him a better chance of getting a win, although it's a curious strategy for a rebuilding team looking to develop a young starting pitcher. Kay has given up seven earned runs on 11 hits and four walks while striking out 10 over 10 innings in two big-league starts.
Kay allowed five runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts across 4.1 innings during a no-decision against the Yankees on Friday.
After a dazzlingly debut, Kay fell back to earth Friday in a tough matchup. He still posted 11 swinging strikes, but the Yankees also fouled off 23 pitches, thus avoiding too many punchouts. Kay struck out eight in his MLB debut. He still has 10 strikeouts in 10 MLB frames, but he's also yielded seven runs and 11 hits with four walks, which means he owns a 6.30 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Kay will face an easier task in his next start at the Orioles on Thursday.
Kay struck out eight while allowing two runs on four hits with three walks across 5.2 innings in a no-decision in his MLB debut against the Rays on Saturday.
The former Mets farmhand looked sharp in his first major-league outing, recording nine swinging strikes and 13 called ones. He's always been a strikeout pitcher, but yielding only seven baserunners and two runs is probably as good of a debut as the Blue Jays could have hoped based on his minor-league WHIP and ERA. If he stays in the rotation, he'll face the Yankees next at home Friday.
Kay was promoted for his big-league debut to start Saturday against the Rays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Kay came over from the Mets in late July as part of the return for Marcus Stroman. He posted a 2.50 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Buffalo since the trade, though his 4.54 FIP and 13.8 percent walk rate aren't particularly encouraging.
Kay will start Saturday against the Rays, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.
Previous reports had indicated Kay would pitch Saturday, but it wasn't clear until now that Kay would be a proper starter rather than a bulk reliever. The 24-year-old lefty struggled to a 6.61 ERA in seven starts for Triple-A Syracuse in the Mets' system before posting a much stronger 2.50 ERA in another seven starts for Triple-A Buffalo after joining the Blue Jays' organization in the Marcus Stroman trade.
Kay will make his big-league debut Saturday against the Rays, but it's possible he will follow an opener, Ben Wagner of Sportsnet reports.
He will either work as a true starter or follow Wilmer Font. From a fantasy standpoint, following Font probably gives Kay a better chance of qualifying for a win, although Font has given up runs in three of his last six appearances, and it obviously wouldn't be ideal for Kay to enter the game with a deficit. Kay had a 2.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 39:22 K:BB in 36 innings (seven starts) in the minors since getting dealt to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman trade.
Kay will make his big-league debut this weekend in Tampa Bay, pitching as either a starter or as a primary pitcher following an opener, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
One of two notable pitching prospects the Blue Jays received in the deadline deal that sent Marcus Stroman to the Mets, Kay has pedigree (first-round pick in 2016) and is a southpaw, but he is likely to be more of a No. 4 or No. 5 starter in the big leagues. Since the trade, he has logged a 2.50 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 39:22 K:BB in 36 innings with Triple-A Buffalo. He could stick in the rotation over the rest of the season.
Kay allowed one unearned run on one hit and five walks over six innings while striking out eight for Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.
The 24-year-old southpaw is still fighting his control since being part of the Marcus Stroman trade -- he's issued 11 free passes in 15.2 innings over his first three starts for Buffalo -- but Kay flashed his upside in this one, with the eight whiffs being the most he's racked up since he struck out nine batters in his final Double-A outing June 8. If Kay can build on this performance down the stretch, he could head into next spring with a shot at winning a rotation spot for Toronto.
Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson were traded from the Mets to the Blue Jays on Sunday in exchange for Marcus Stroman, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
Kay has struggled to find his groove since being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse in mid-June, but perhaps a change of scenery will be just what the prospect needs to settle in. He owns a 6.61 ERA and 1.63 WHIP with 26 punchouts over 31.1 innings at Triple-A, and he'll likely report to the Bisons following Sunday's trade. He was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Mets' farm system.
Kay is not viewed as an option to fill in for Noah Syndergaard (hamstring) in the Mets' rotation, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
The Mets' top pitching prospect just got a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse. While he did give up five runs in four innings against Gwinnett on Friday in his first look at International League hitters, Kay's 6:1 K:BB suggests he wasn't overmatched. Syndergaard isn't expected to be out for long, though, and the Mets have no incentive to rush Kay to the majors in what is looking like a lost season.
Kay was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Kay will get his first taste of Triple-A after dominating across 12 starts for Double-A Binghamton, posting a 1.49 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 70:23 K:BB in 66.1 innings of work. The 24-year-old southpaw still isn't on New York's 40-man roster, so he figures to finish out the season with Syracuse unless he really kicks the door down.
Kay was perfect through five innings for Double-A Binghamton on Monday, finishing the night allowing only one walk through seven scoreless, no-hit innings while striking out seven.
The southpaw has given up one run or fewer in eight of his nine outings for the Rumble Ponies this season, but Monday's gem was his best effort yet. Kay's 1.07 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 52:17 K:BB through 50.2 innings make a compelling case for a promotion, but his next stop may not end up being at Triple-A -- Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Monday that the club had at least considered promoting the 24-year-old to the majors to fill the team's fifth starter spot, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Kay tossed a seven-inning shutout for Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight.
The 24-year-old has dazzled to start the season, giving up one run or less in seven of his eight starts so far. Kay is now second in the Eastern League in ERA (1.24), third in WHIP (0.87), and sixth in strikeouts (45). Given his age, a promotion to Triple-A could be on the horizon for the Mets' No. 4 fantasy prospect.
Kay allowed one hit and three walks over six scoreless innings while striking out 10 for Double-A Binghamton on Monday.
The Mets' No. 8 fantasy prospect has been sharp to begin the year, holding the opposition off the scoreboard entirely in three of his four outings and posting a 1.89 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 22:9 K:BB through 19 innings. Kay underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016 after being drafted in the first round that summer and had only 122.2 pro innings under his belt coming into this season. A strong campaign could put him firmly in the Mets' 2020 rotation plans.
Kay was invited to the Mets' major-league spring training Thursday.
Kay has yet to appear at Double-A, so he doesn't have a real shot to break camp with the Mets, but he'll get a chance to show off his skills against major-league competition in front of the team's brass. Across stops at Low-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2018, the southpaw compiled a 4.26 ERA and 123 strikeouts across 122.2 innings (23 starts).
Kay was promoted to High-A St. Lucie on Friday, Tim Healey of Newsday Sports reports.
Kay started 13 games for Low-A Columbia this season, logging a 4.54 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 78:22 K:BB across 69.1 innings. That line includes one of his best performances to date, an 11-strikeout outing over six innings against Asheville on Thursday. The left-hander will likely spend the rest of the 2018 season with St. Lucie as he continues to shine following Tommy John surgery in October of 2016.
Kay (elbow) tossed four scoreless innings while allowing two hits, one walk and striking out four in his professional debut for Low-A Columbia.
The Mets' first-round pick in 2016, Kay underwent Tommy John surgery almost six months after being drafted, and had not pitched in a game until this outing against Low-A Augusta. Despite his pedigree, the 23-year-old southpaw never projected as a high-caliber starter, but more of a back-of-the-rotation type of arm. His innings will be monitored closely this year, but he could move relatively quickly in 2019.
Kay (elbow) threw to batters this spring and considers himself "fully good to go," Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.
Kay, a 2016 first-round draft pick out of the University of Connecticut, underwent Tommy John surgery in October of that year. He missed all of the 2017 season as a result, but it seems like he'll be back to full health for the start of the minor-league campaign. Kay has yet to appear in official game action this spring, but things appear to be trending upward for the pitching prospect.
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