BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — In this week’s edition of Inside RumbleTown, 12 Sports Director Nicole Menner sits down with Mets No. 8 prospect, pitcher Anthony Kay.
On needing Tommy John surgery after being drafted in 2016:
“Yeah it was really tough, but you know you gotta be patient and listen to all the trainers and coaching staff and do what they say,” said Anthony Kay. “You want to ramp it up and get out there as soon as possible, but you gotta be patient.”
On readjusting in Single-A after coming back in 2017:
“Yeah it was tough, trying to find your groove. It was very inconsistent last year, and I think that was the key thing this year, trying to find some consistency.”
On how he’s found consistency this year:
“I think finding a good routine in between each outing, kind of doing the same thing over and over again, kind of just trust it,” said Kay.
On differences in his pitches between this year and last:
“I think throwing more strikes and being more consistent in the zone, going after guys rather than kind of picking apart.”
On all the speculation about a promotion to Triple-A or the majors:
“You definitely pay a little attention to it, you can’t help yourself,” said Kay. “But at the end of the day, you gotta keep pitching wherever you are, whether it’s here or Syracuse or even in Single-A, you just gotta do your job and go out there and keep getting guys out.”
On Mets manager Mickey Callaway saying Kay is “on his radar:”
“No it’s cool whenever you get mentioned by one of those guys, it’s definitely really cool to realize that they’re talking about you,” said Kay. “But at the end of the day, you still got a lot of work to do to get up there.”
On enjoying the current success he’s having with the Rumble Ponies:
“It’s really fun to be a part of you know, a winning team. And you kind of just want to go out there and help the team win as much as possible when you’re out there,” said Kay.
The Rumble Ponies are home this weekend for a four-game series against the Trenton Thunder. Kay will take the mound Sunday night, at 6:35 p.m.