Anthony Kay
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A starter throughout his minor-league career, Kay broke summer camp on the Blue Jays' 30-man roster. He was expected to play a swingman role but ended up pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, making 13 appearances in relief before being optioned to the team's alternate training site in mid-September. Kay was never comfortable as a reliever, walking 14 while allowing three homers in 21 innings, though he did fan 22 batters. Toronto has opened its window to win and taken measures to strengthen the rotation, so Kay's future may be in a similar bullpen role, which doesn't lend itself to fantasy. To get back in the rotation mix, he needs to work on command and control, but with average stuff, his ceiling is capped as an innings eater. Kay is probably better off focusing on a couple offerings to maximize his effectiveness as a reliever. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $565,600 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Recalled Frday
PToronto Blue Jays
June 18, 2021
The Blue Jays recalled Kay to the 26-man roster prior to Friday's game against the Orioles, Scott Mitchell of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Kay has bounced back and forth between Triple-A in the majors this season. Four of his five big-league appearances have been starts, though he's expected to serve as a long reliever this time around. The southpaw has yet to find much success at either level this season, posting a 6.62 ERA across 17.2 innings with Toronto and a 9.95 ERA across 12.2 innings with Buffalo.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
68
Last 10 Games
68
Last 5 Games
70
How many pitches does Anthony Kay generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Anthony Kay generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-47%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-43%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-36%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .338 90 24 9 27 8 2 5
Since 2019vs Right .229 165 34 20 32 10 0 3
2021vs Left .393 31 11 3 11 3 1 4
2021vs Right .208 63 12 7 11 4 0 1
2020vs Left .341 47 8 5 14 4 1 1
2020vs Right .195 51 14 9 8 4 0 2
2019vs Left .182 12 5 1 2 1 0 0
2019vs Right .283 51 8 4 13 2 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-75%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-71%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-64%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 6.87 1.91 18.1 1 0 0 8.3 6.9 1.0
Since 2019Away 5.26 1.41 37.2 2 2 0 9.8 3.6 1.4
2021Home 2.25 1.38 8.0 0 0 0 11.3 6.8 1.1
2021Away 9.00 1.62 13.0 0 2 0 9.0 2.8 2.8
2020Home 10.50 2.67 6.0 1 0 0 7.5 10.5 1.5
2020Away 3.00 1.33 15.0 1 0 0 10.2 4.2 1.2
2019Home 10.38 1.85 4.1 0 0 0 4.2 2.1 0.0
2019Away 3.72 1.24 9.2 1 0 0 10.2 3.7 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Kay compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.30
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
4.3
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
94.6 mph
 
ERA
6.43
 
WHIP
1.52
 
BABIP
.319
 
GB/FB
2.07
 
Left On Base
64.0%
 
Exit Velocity
79.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
1.6%
 
Spin Rate
2336 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
17.2%
 
Swinging Strike
10.8%
 
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2020 Fantasy Outlook
A busy season for Kay saw him sent from the Mets to the Blue Jays in the Marcus Stroman trade in late July and later make his big-league debut in early September. He went on to allow nine runs with a 13:5 K:BB in 14 innings at the highest level. Prior to that, he'd posted a 2.96 ERA in 26 starts at the two highest levels of the minors, combining a good 24.1 K% with a fairly poor 10.0 BB%. Kay may have been traded for a big name, but he was seen as the safe big-league ready arm in the deal, while Simeon Woods Richardson was the high-upside piece the Blue Jays got back. The 6-foot lefty, who is entering his age-25 season, has average velocity and no standout secondaries. Still, the rebuilding Blue Jays figure to have plenty of starts available this season. Kay is unlikely to excel but could be a competent deep-league option if he holds down a rotation spot for most of the year.
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Activated, optioned to Triple-A
PToronto Blue Jays
June 3, 2021
Kay (finger) was activated from the 10-day injured list Thursday and optioned to Triple-A.
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Dealing with finger injury
PToronto Blue Jays
Finger
May 27, 2021
Kay was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left finger blister Thursday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
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Sent to Triple-A
PToronto Blue Jays
May 22, 2021
Kay was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports.
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Comes away with no-decision Friday
PToronto Blue Jays
May 22, 2021
Kay didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 9-7 extra-innings loss to the Rays, allowing two runs on four hits and four walks over four innings while striking out four.
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Fires four scoreless innings
PToronto Blue Jays
May 15, 2021
Kay pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and two walks while striking out six in the win over the Phillies on Saturday. He did not factor into the decision.
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