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September 29, 2020 01:24 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Makes wild-card roster
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Kay will be on the roster for the Wild Card Series against the Rays.

Kay was optioned in mid-September but returns to give the Blue Jays an additional left-handed relief option. He's unlikely to be trusted in high-leverage situations, as he struggled to a 5.14 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in 21 innings this season.

September 16, 2020 05:40 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Sent down by Blue Jays
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Kay was optioned to the Blue Jays' alternate training site Wednesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

Kay was roughed up during his last two outings, as he allowed eight runs (seven earned) over 2.2 innings. He'll attempt to sort things out at the team's alternate training site after the Blue Jays' bullpen got several reinforcements Wednesday when Jacob Waguespack and Hector Perez were called up in corresponding moves.

August 24, 2020 07:08 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Allows two runs in relief
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Kay allowed two runs on a hit and two walks across three innings in Sunday's loss to the Rays. He struck out two.

Kay entered the game to start the second inning after Trent Thornton exited with right elbow inflammation. He was able to get all the way through the fourth inning without allowing a hit but quickly found himself in trouble in the fifth. A single and walk to start the frame chased the left-hander, and each runner came around to score later in the inning. Despite allowing a pair of runs Sunday, Kay still holds a solid 3.14 ERA on the season.

August 9, 2020 12:24 AM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Earns win in long relief
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Kay (1-0) pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three to earn the win versus the Red Sox on Saturday.

Kay recorded the last out of the fourth inning and was able to keep it clean long enough for the Blue Jays to tie the game in the seventh. They took the lead in the top of the eighth to make Kay the pitcher of record. The 25-year-old has a 1.13 ERA and 0.75 WHIP with eight strikeouts across eight innings this season.

July 27, 2020 05:12 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Makes debut in relief
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Kay covered 2.2 frames in relief Sunday in the Blue Jays' 6-5 loss to the Rays in 10 innings. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out two in the 43-pitch appearance.

After breaking summer camp as a member of the 30-man Opening Day roster, Kay looked like he may have clinched a spot in the Toronto rotation, but manager Charlie Montoyo instead elected to treat the fifth starter's role as a bullpen day. Thomas Hatch served as the opener for the game, with he and Kay combining to cover the first five innings of the contest. Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet reports that the Blue Jays intend to call up top pitching prospect Nate Pearson to start Wednesday's game against the Nationals, so he'll presumably bump both Kay and Hatch to the bullpen on a more permanent basis.

July 23, 2020 11:24 AM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Likely fifth starter
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Kay is included on the Blue Jays' season-opening 30-man roster and is expected to serve as the team's fifth starter, Arden Zwelling of reports.

With Chase Anderson (oblique) opening the season on the 10-day injured list, Kay, Nate Pearson and Ryan Borucki had been viewed as the top candidates to replace the right-hander in the rotation. Toronto has since moved Pearson to the taxi squad, while Borucki was optioned to the team's alternate training site, leaving Kay as the last man standing in the job battle. Pearson is still expected to get added to the roster July 29 so that the Blue Jays can secure an extra year of service time, so Kay won't necessarily have much longevity in the Toronto rotation.

June 30, 2020 12:56 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Nabs spot in roster pool
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The Blue Jays included Kay as part of their 60-man roster pool that was announced Sunday, Keegan Matheson of reports.

Kay had previously been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on March 20, but with the 2020 minor-league season in doubt, he'll now be eligible to pitch for the big club during the Blue Jays' 60-game slate. Toronto tentatively looks set to enter the abbreviated season with its top six or seven rotation options all available, so Kay may have to settle for long-relief work initially.

March 20, 2020 04:56 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Optioned to Triple-A
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Kay was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports.

Kay wasn't a favorite to secure an Opening Day rotation spot as he's thrown just 14 career big-league innings. After posting a 4.41 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 14 Triple-A starts last season, he likely still has something to prove in the minors.

March 10, 2020 12:08 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Rebounds in Monday's start
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Kay gave up three hits and two walks over three scoreless innings during Monday's split-squad game against the Pirates. He struck out four.

The 24-year-old southpaw has fought his control and command this spring, and even after Monday's clean outing he still carries a 7.36 ERA, 2.18 WHIP and 9:7 K:BB through 7.1 innings. Kay will begin the season at Triple-A Buffalo, but a strong start will put him in position for a promotion should the Jays need to bolster their rotation over the summer.

February 19, 2020 03:52 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Starting second spring game
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Manager Charlie Montoyo said Kay would start the Blue Jays' second Grapefruit League game Sunday against the Twins, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.

Kay got his first taste of the big leagues last September, logging two starts and one turn as a primary pitcher for the Blue Jays. The lefty remains one of the more highly regarded young arms in the system, but he'll likely have a tough time cracking the Opening Day rotation even with a solid showing in spring training. Toronto can afford to let Kay gain further seasoning at Triple-A Buffalo to begin 2020 after the team added three established rotation options (Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chase Anderson and Tanner Roark) over the winter.

September 24, 2019 05:08 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Scratched from start
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Kay was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Orioles due to back pain, Shi Davidi of 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.

September 19, 2019 11:52 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Bags first big-league win
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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.

September 19, 2019 09:28 AM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Following opener Thursday
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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.

September 14, 2019 03:52 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Yields five runs
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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.

September 8, 2019 09:52 AM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Strikes out eight in MLB debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 7, 2019 03:36 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Called up for debut
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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.

September 6, 2019 05:12 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 7, 2019 01:08 PM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Debuting Saturday
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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.

September 3, 2019 10:56 AM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Making MLB debut against Rays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

August 12, 2019 11:28 AM
Blue Jays' Anthony Kay: Fans eight for Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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08/30vs BALW 6-51.01001
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