UConn ace Anthony Kay taken by New York Mets in MLB Draft

(Photo courtesy: UConn Athletics/Steven Slade)

(WTNH)–UConn starting pitcher Anthony Kay was taken with the 31st pick in the MLB Draft by the New York Mets on Thursday.

Kay, who won the American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year award and helped the Huskies reach the NCAA Tournament, finished the season 9-2 with a 2.46 ERA and 108 strikeouts.

The 5-11 junior lefty passed Matt Barnes as the program’s all-time strikeout leader (260), and ranks fourth all-time in wins for a Husky.

He’s the highest UConn draft pick since Barnes and outfielder George Springer went 19th and 11th, respectively, in 2011.

The Mets also drafted Kay when the Stony Brook, N.Y. native was coming out of high school, taking him in the 29th round of the 2013 draft. (Incidentally, Kay went to the same high school–Ward Melville High on Long Island–as current Mets phenom Steven Matz).

Kay opted instead to go to UConn, where he blossomed into a star and one of the best pitchers in school history.

For a list of other Connecticut prospects who might be selected in the MLB Draft, click here.

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