The Toronto Blue Jays newest prized prospect made his Triple-A debut last night with the Buffalo Bisons and things did not go exactly as planned for Anthony Kay versus Lehigh Valley.
The Blue Jays acquired Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson from the New York Mets in the controversial Marcus Stroman trade earlier this week. Kay had struggled with the Mets Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse prior to the deal and last night was no different with the herd.
Kay lasted 4.2 innings scattering nine hits for seven runs although only three runs were earned. The southpaw was taken yard by former MLB’er Logan Morrison while also walking three and striking out a trio in his debut. Kay did manage to throw 61 of his 94 pitches for strikes during the outing.
The Bisons made three errors in the contest, one which was by Kay and a pair from third baseman Patrick Kivlehan. In the initial boxscore, Kay had been tagged for six earned runs, however, a scoring change cut the damage in half for the 24-year old.
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Even though Kay was on the hook for only three of the seven runs, the hurler permitted 12 batters to get on base via either the hit or free pass. The lefty will need to miss more barrels if he is going to be successful at the Triple-A level and make the jump across the bridge north of the border.
Woods Richardson was assigned to High-A Dunedin but has yet to make an appearance for the Baby Jays. The 18-year old last toed the rubber on July 23rd pitching five innings of shutout ball while fanning three in his last appearance in the Mets organization.
Once the trade deadline dust settled yesterday the Jays had added minor leaguers Derek Fisher, Thomas Hatch, and Kyle Johnston to the organization via the trade route. The Jays also have two minor leaguers to be named later from the Eric Sogard swap with the Rays.