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Mets prospect Anthony Kay, whose dominance so far in 2019 has put him in the conversation to jump to the majors this season, is becoming impossible to ignore. And along with his on-field success comes a demeanor that seems built for the place he grew up.  

"He's one of my favorites, if not my favorite," UConn pitching coach Josh MacDonald told SNY Tuesday about where Kay falls among the many players he's coached during his career. 

MacDonald -- who said he has been texting with Kay "two-to-three times a night" as he has dominated in Double-A Binghamton -- coached Kay during his time at UConn, after which the Mets selected the Long Island native in the 2016 MLB Draft.

Tags: Anthony Kay, Danny Abriano
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Highlight of Anthony Kay throwing seven hitless innings at Binghamton's game Monday night.

For a little while on Monday -- with the Mets and Double-A Binghamton both listing their starters as 'TBA' -- it seemed that LHP prospect Anthony Kay could be hours away from making his big league debut. That didn't happen, but it didn't stop Kay from making news anyway.

Kay, the 24-year-old who has been one of the best pitchers in all of minor league baseball this season, fired 7.0 no-hit innings for Binghamton on Monday night before being removed at just 88 pitches due to his pitch-count being managed.

During the outing, Kay walked one and struck out eight, lowering his ERA to 1.07 and WHIP to 0.77.

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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Anthony Kay (79) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Anthony Kay (79) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Mets prospect LHP Anthony Kay tossed a masterpiece for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies in Game 1 of the doubleheader on Tuesday night. 

Kay threw a shutout with three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk over seven innings of work. He also threw 87 pitches, 60 of which went for strikes. 

Kay kept the dominance going and had his longest outing of the season on May 7, allowing one run in 7.0 innings while walking one and striking out four. He has been utterly brilliant this season, with a 1.47 ERA and 0.93 WHIP with 37 strikeouts in 36.2 innings -- while allowing just 19 hits.

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The Mets didn't sign Gio Gonzalez, due in part to the fact that they didn't view him as much of an upgrade over Jason Vargas. Whether you agree with that or not, it's clear that the current situation with Vargas is not tenable.

Even on days where Vargas is "good" by the standards set for him, the Mets are still not comfortable letting him pitch more than four or five innings. And in a world where Vargas is actually able to give four or five solid innings most times he pitches, that positive would be mostly offset by the negative of taxing the bullpen every five days.

Translation: The Mets have a problem. Here are seven options who can replace Vargas, with some of them potentially not options until later in the season...

Tags: Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Jason Vargas, Seth Lugo
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A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)
A general view at First Data Field (Jasen Vinlove)

Every Monday, we'll be taking a look at how the Mets' top prospects (their MLB.com Mets Top 10 rankings are in parenthesis) are faring.


Andrés Giménez, SS, Double-A Binghamton (No. 2) -- ETA 2020

Pete Alonso remains listed No. 1 on MLB.com's list of top Mets prospects, but he sure seems well entrenched in the majors given his outstanding start to the season. So Giménez tops the Mets' farm system, and it was a good week for the shortstop in Double-A Binghamton.

The 20-year-old went 9-for-25 in six games, recording one homer, three doubles, three RBI, three walks and two stolen bases along with six strikeouts. He takes a five-game hitting streak into Monday's game at Akron, and he had three hits in two of those games. He did commit an error in his last game, his second of the season.

The standout performance came on Thursday, when he went 3-for-4 with a homer and two doubles. The homer was a blast to right field which left the stadium and went "across the street," according to the MiLB video description.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Anthony Kay, David Peterson, Mark Vientos, Ronny Mauricio, Thomas Szapucki
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Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Davis (28) resounds the bases after his home run in the second inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 27, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets designated hitter J.D. Davis (28) resounds the bases after his home run in the second inning of the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets took down their division-rival Marlins, 14-6, in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday afternoon. 

Five things to know about Wednesday's game

1) Steven Matz got his first start of the spring, and was solid in his debut. In two innings, he allowed one run on a solo homer. That was his only blip on the day, as he allowed only two other hits while striking out three and walking none. 

Tags: J.D. Davis, Amed Rosario, Anthony Kay, Peter Alonso, Scott Thompson
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