Acquired as part of the Marcus Stroman package with the New York Mets back in 2019, southpaw Anthony Kay has flirted with the active roster these past few seasons but has yet to cement himself as a full-time big league pitcher.
Since 2019, Kay has made 28 appearances in the MLB (seven starts) and owns a 5.48 ERA through 70.2 innings with 77 strikeouts and opponents owning a .274 batting average. The New York product has made just one relief appearance this year for the Jays and allowed an earned run through two innings of work.
Kay has spent a good chunk of time on the IL earlier this season and is currently rehabbing in the Minor Leagues to get back into game shape. He had some strong outings in the Florida Complex League and in Single-A, throwing five innings combined with two hits and seven strikeouts. He made his way back to AAA last week and through two appearances has pitched 3.2 innings while allowing four hits, three earned runs, and has walked three batters compared to one strikeout as a member of the bullpen.
I don’t think Anthony Kay is one of the first players you would consider DFA’ing on the list but the unfortunate side is that he has fallen down the leaderboards regarding internal promotions. He is a great depth option considering he can give you multiple innings, has multiple MiLB options remaining, and throws from the left side but if the Jays make a few deals over the next month, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kay falls victim to the numbers game.