After breaking through to the majors last season, Anthony Kay is making a cast to make the Toronto Blue Jays opening day roster.
In two innings of work, the 24-year-old’s aggressive approach that turned heads last season was back in fine form. He was getting his fastball to reach 95 MPH while making sure to attack hitters inside as he continued to pitch at a higher pace.
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"“I feel like I can throw [the changeup] in any count, if I get behind or to force contact and hopefully get groundouts with it,” Kay told reporters after his start. “I feel like I can [also] use it when I get ahead, for a strikeout pitch, when I can get a little bit lower and bury it to have them swinging over the top of it.”"
Right now, the Blue Jays rotation expects to feature Hyun-Jin Ryu, Tanner Roark, Chase Anderson, Matt Shoemaker and some combination of Trent Thornton, Shun Yamaguchi or Kay. An obvious solution would be to have Kay start in triple-A Buffalo and be the first call-up for injuries.
It’s not the worst thing considering how many pitchers went down last season and there’s no guarantee everyone returns from spring training 100 per cent healthy.
Considering Kay was one of the players acquired in the Marcus Stroman deal, the Blue Jays will want to see him make the decision tougher on them going into opening day. So far his audition against the Detroit Tigers suggests he’s on the right track and Toronto can move a player like Yamaguchi to the bullpen where the options are not as formidable.
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