Toronto Blue Jays: Anthony Kay primed to showoff new pitching approach this season
Both Hatch and Anthony find themselves in fairly similar situations right now. They will get every chance to showcase themselves for a spot in the rotation but will need one or two things to go their way before they get on the opening day roster.
This is obviously a good problem to have considering every MLB team needs an abundance of pitching options to get through a season. For Kay, he has a lot of good things to build off from 2020.
One of the first things Kay showed off was his cutter, a new pitch he has been working on and finally got to throw in his first spring outing against the New York Yankees. That wasn’t the only noticeable difference in Kay’s first appearance as his fastball touch 97 at one point.
If he can build the confidence to attack hitters early in the count and mentioned that his approach was different pitching out of the bullpen last season.
"“Last year, I was getting behind a lot of guys and probably trying to do a little too much,” Kay said. “I only had a couple of innings to work with, so I felt like I could try to overpower everyone. I feel like, this year, I’m kind of just going right after guys. Doing a better job with that will help.”"
The 25-year-old will likely see time in the majors this season and it won’t be disappointing if he has to spend some time in the minors first. This would mean that Toronto had better options to choose from over Kay.