BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – “You know I am going to attack the zone no matter who it is,” said Rumble Ponies pitcher Anthony Kay.
“Great kid, very coachable, just a very good person but at the same time he goes out and knows what he has to do,” said Rumble Ponies pitching coach Jonathon Hurst.
24 innings, 29 strikeouts, 1.85 ERA, all top ten in the Eastern League, and Anthony Kay is our 12 Sports Athlete of the Week.
“I kind of just got into a groove from the first start and kind of just rolled with it, you know kept doing what I’ve been doing, it has been good success so far,” said Kay.
Whatever Anthony Kay has been doing, it certainly has been working,
“In games attacking the zones and mixing in off speed it has been a good game plan so far,” said Kay.
“The main focus right now is really commanding his fastball, trying to get to his glove side a little bit more, mixing in his changeup off that with a good curveball and like I said he has just been doing a tremendous job,” said Hurst.
Johnathan Hurst has worked with Kay for the last two years as his pitching coach in A-ball with the Columbia Fireflies and now here in Binghamton.
“That is one thing I stressed on him when we broke camp is like just be yourself, don’t worry that you have to be more than you are, because you have the stuff it is here, you would not be here if it wasn’t there,” said Hurst.
“I am pretty comfortable with him, it is good to have him around, he is a really good guy, he keeps the locker room loose and he definitely knows what he is talking about,” said Kay.
In his first season in Double-A, Kay is no stranger to the area, growing up on Long Island, playing his college ball at UConn and now playing minor league ball just four hours from his hometown.
“It is the first time my dad has been able to watch me pitch in pro ball so it is really cool for that and my family comes for pretty much everyone of my starts so it is really cool to have them around,” said Kay.
On Long Island, Kay attended Ward Melville high school just like current Mets pitcher Steven Matz and with some already predicting Kay’s arrival to Queens, a reunion could be on the horizon
“Since he got drafted it was always a goal of mine to get drafted and now that we are on the same team it would definitely be cool to have us in the same rotation,” said Kay.
“But right now I am stressing him to do what he needs to do at this level, don’t worry about anything else don’t worry about what he sees or reads. He is in Binghamton right now and that is where he is doing his job at,” said Hurst.
Kay is doing just that, only worried about what he can control which for now, is his next start.
“Keep getting outs and don’t worry about anything else and keep getting outs and the rest will happen,” said Kay.