Mets bring back former first-round pick Anthony Kay

Anthony Kay, the Mets’ first-round pick in the 2016 amateur draftis back in the organization after the team claimed the left-hander off waivers from the Cubs on Thursday and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse.

Kay, 28, is a Long Island native and was part of the package the Mets sent to Toronto at the trade deadline in 2019 in exchange for Marcus Stroman.

Anthony Kay throws a pitch for the Cubs.
The New York Mets claimed former first-round draft pick Anthony Kay off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

Mets prospect Anthony Kay poses for a photo in 2019.
The Mets selected Anthony Kay in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, taking him at No. 31 overall.

Kay was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays last offseason and appeared in 13 games with Chicago this season, with a 6.35 ERA over 11 ¹/₃ innings.

The Cubs designated Kay on Monday in order to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for another former Mets prospect, outfielder Pete Crow-Armstrong.

The Mets first drafted Kay out of Ward Melville High School on Long Island in the 29th round in 2013, but Kay attended UConn instead and the Mets selected him again with the 31st overall pick in 2016.

Anthony Kay (left) and Miguel Amaya (right) celebrate a Cubs win.
Anthony Kay (left) has a 6.35 ERA in 13 appearances this season.
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He underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2016 minor league season and returned in 2018 before being shipped to Toronto — along with Simeon Woods Richardson.

Kay has never pitched in more than 13 games in a major-league season.

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