Anthony Kay, who was selected 31st overall in last June’s Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Mets out of UConn, underwent successful Tommy John surgery today in New York.
Oddly enough, Mets lefty superstar Steven Matz, a one-time teammate of Kay’s in Long Island, also underwent his surgery today to remove a “massive bone spur.” Matz was one of a long list of Mets players who caught the injury bug this year, notably including captain David Wright, starters Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom, and second baseman Neil Walker, who was acquired from Pittsburgh in the offseason to try offset the loss of Daniel Murphy.
Kay, 21, is due to miss all of the 2017 season recovering. He was part of the Instructional League this year and was quite possibly in Brooklyn’s rotation plans for next summer. The Mets originally drafted Kay in 2013, a 29th round pick, however he rejected the offer and took his talents to Storrs.
What was the equation that led Kay to Tommy John surgery, especially so early on in his professional career? Kay threw 67 innings at UConn in 2014 and 39.1 with Wareham in the Cape Cod League. The next year he logged 108 innings (100 with the Huskies, eight in Cape Cod) and in 2016 he threw a hefty 119 frames.
There is no answer to if those circumstances resulted in Kay needing surgery, but it is very likely that it was a contributing factor, if not the only reason.
Kay went 22-12 in three season at UConn after growing up on Stony Brook, Long Island. Due to a late signing, his bonus was set at $1,100,000.
The southpaw is now one of three former Husky stars in the organization along with infielders Vinny Siena and LJ Mazilli (son of the great Lee, of course).
TEBOW TO ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE
Mets outfielder (and SEC analyst and former NFL quarterback) Tim Tebow, who finished his instructional season 4 for 14, a .286 batting average, had one home run (in his first at-bat no less) and two walks.
Now the stage and the talent takes another step upward: Tebow will report to Scottsdale, Ariz. to join the Scottsdale Scorpions, a team comprised of players from the Mets, Phillies and Angels systems. They will be managed by former MLB outfielder and current Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin.
We will just have to see if this has the real life making of a Hollywood movie. And for the record, Tebow is the second oldest AFL participant, behind fellow Scorpion Eliezer Zambrano, already 30.