Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Anthony Kay felt like his former organization, the New York Mets, tried to change too much about his playstyle.
Towards the end of July, Anthony Kay found himself in a new organization than who he started the year with. The New York Mets ultimately dealt Kay in a trade to the Toronto Blue Jays for All-Star right-hander Marcus Stroman.
Since coming to The North, Kay has played in both the majors and in Triple-A Buffalo. For Toronto’s minor league affiliate, Kay was 2-2 through seven starts with a 2.5 ERA and a 1.528 WHIP.
He’s only had one start in the majors, in which he allowed two earned runs on four hits through 5.2 innings pitched.
When asked how he was able to improve since the trade, Kay noted how the Syracuse Mets (Triple-A affiliate) tried to change his style of play.
#BlueJays Anthony Kay, on his success since a mid-season trade:
“I feel like when I was in Syracuse with the Mets they were trying to change too many things because I had a couple rough starts,” Kay said. “Once I got traded… (Toronto) told me to just do my thing.” pic.twitter.com/oXphZiKMTB
— Ryan Kolakowski (@RyanKolakowski) September 8, 2019
“I feel like when I was in Syracuse with the Mets they were trying to change too many things because I had a couple rough starts,” Kay said, per Ryan Kolakowski of the Tampa Bay Times. “Once I got traded… (Toronto) told me to just do my thing.”
Kay didn’t spend any time in the majors with the Mets this year. Along with Syracuse, Kay additionally made appearances for the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, the Mets’ Double-A affiliate.
The Mets haven’t gotten the most out of the trade that Kay was a part of. Since coming to New York, Stroman is 1-2 through seven starts with a 5.05 ERA, a 1.738 WHIP, 37 strikeouts and 14 walks through 35.2 innings pitched.