Anthony Kay
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A busy season for Kay saw him sent from the Mets to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman trade in late July and later make his big-league debut in early September. He went on to allow nine runs with a 13:5 K:BB in 14 innings at the highest level. Prior to that, he'd posted a 2.96 ERA in 26 starts at the two highest levels of the minors, combining a good 24.1 K% with a fairly poor 10.0 BB%. Kay may have been traded for a big name, but he was seen as the safe big-league ready arm in the deal, while Simeon Woods Richardson was the high-upside piece the Blue Jays got back. The 6-foot lefty, who is entering his age-25 season, has average velocity and no standout secondaries. Still, the rebuilding Blue Jays figure to have plenty of starts available this season. Kay is unlikely to excel but could be a competent deep-league option if he holds down a rotation spot for most of the year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $565,600 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Makes debut in relief
PToronto Blue Jays
July 27, 2020
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.
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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.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
31
Last 10 Games
31
Last 5 Games
31
How many pitches does Anthony Kay generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Anthony Kay generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-2%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-77%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .250 17 6 1 4 3 0 0
Since 2018vs Right .246 63 12 5 14 2 0 1
2020vs Left .400 5 1 0 2 2 0 0
2020vs Right .091 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
2019vs Left .182 12 5 1 2 1 0 0
2019vs Right .283 51 8 4 13 2 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-70%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-64%
ERA on Road
2018
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 10.38 1.85 4.1 0 0 0 4.2 2.1 0.0
Since 2018Away 3.14 1.12 14.1 1 0 0 10.0 3.1 0.6
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 1.93 0.86 4.2 0 0 0 9.6 1.9 1.9
2019Home 10.38 1.85 4.1 0 0 0 4.2 2.1 0.0
2019Away 3.72 1.24 9.2 1 0 0 10.2 3.7 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Kay compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
5.00
 
K/9
9.6
 
BB/9
1.9
 
HR/9
1.9
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
1.93
 
WHIP
0.86
 
BABIP
.197
 
GB/FB
2.50
 
Left On Base
115.4%
 
Exit Velocity
88.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
20.0%
 
Spin Rate
2286 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
40.0%
 
Swinging Strike
13.6%
 
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Likely fifth starter
PToronto Blue Jays
July 23, 2020
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 Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Nabs spot in roster pool
PToronto Blue Jays
June 30, 2020
The Blue Jays included Kay as part of their 60-man roster pool that was announced Sunday, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PToronto Blue Jays
March 20, 2020
Kay was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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Rebounds in Monday's start
PToronto Blue Jays
March 10, 2020
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.
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Starting second spring game
PToronto Blue Jays
February 18, 2020
Manager Charlie Montoyo said Kay would start the Blue Jays' second Grapefruit League game Sunday against the Twins, Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic reports.
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