Blue Jays option Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley to minors
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Toronto Blue Jays have optioned pitchers Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley to the minors.
Even in the current state of affairs, the Blue Jays continue to make roster moves optioning two rotation hopefuls in Anthony Kay and Sean Reid-Foley yesterday. Both hurlers will not be apart of the team’s initial 26-man roster when the MLB season eventually begins.
Kay had an up and down spring training seeing action four games over the course of 7.1 innings. The 25-year old yielded six earned runs over nine hits while walking seven in his first Grapefruit League action as a Blue Jay. Kay did manage to whiff nine batters but will have to improve on that 7.36 earned run average moving forward to get recalled.
The southpaw was acquired last season from the New York Mets as part of the return for Marcus Stroman. Kay made his debut last September pitching in three games down the stretch including two starts for the pitching deprived Blue Jays. Kay went 1-0 with a 5.79 earned run average while striking out 13 in 14 innings of work during his cup of coffee in the majors.
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Reid-Foley had an impressive spring training pitching out of the bullpen across six outings. The 24-year old did not surrender an earned run while fanning four and only walking one batter in six Grapefruit League innings.
The former second-round selection has made 16 appearances with the Blue Jays over parts of the past two seasons. Reid-Foley has been erratic at times and probably projects better as a reliever if he is going to enjoy success at the major league level.
In 16 games including 13 starts, the right-hander is 4-8 with a 4.71 earned run average with 70 strikeouts and 42 free passes in just 65 innings of work. He needs to drastically improve his career 5.8 BB/9 rate to stick north of the border.
Both pitchers will be back with the big club at some point in 2020, it just won’t be when the season commences.