The Toronto Blue Jays have placed Buffalo Bisons pitcher Anthony Kay on the temporary inactive list which could signal the prospect is on his way up to the big club in the very near future.
The Blue Jays acquired Anthony Kay from the New York Mets in the Marcus Stroman deal ahead of the trade deadline last month. Kay has been impressive since being assigned to the Triple-A affiliate following the trade.
The 24-year old had made five starts for the Bisons allowing just four runs in 28.2 innings of work including three scoreless outings. Kay has also fanned 33 batters and last pitched on Tuesday which could put him in line for Sunday’s start versus the Houston Astros at the Rogers Centre.
Trent Thornton will get the ball on Friday while Clay Buccholz takes the bump on Saturday, however, the starter for Sunday has yet be determined adding fuel to the Kay speculation.
With rosters set to expand in the coming days, there will undoubtedly be some auditioning taking place in the final month of the season. Kay would have to be added to the Blue Jays 40-man roster so a corresponding move would have to occur before Sunday.
Kay is the fifth highest-ranked prospect organizationally by MLB.com and the third-best arm behind only Nate Pearson and first-rounder Alek Manoah. The other pitcher acquired along with Kay in the Stroman trade, Simeon Woods Richardson is ranked 7th.
Woods Richardson has also impressed of late allowing just two runs and fanning 13 over his last three starts with High-A Dunedin. The hurler sports a tidy 2.64 earned run average in his last ten starts dating back before the trade.
We will monitor this situation as it continues to develop but it seems very probable that Kay will get the ball and make his MLB debut on Sunday.