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Mets prospect Anthony Kay going through adjustment period at Triple-A level

Mets pitcher Anthony Kay during a spring training

Mets pitcher Anthony Kay during a spring training game against the Atlanta Braves at First Data Field on Feb. 23, 2019 in Port St. Lucie. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

CLEVELAND — Oddly enough, Anthony Kay may have felt closer to being called up to the Mets during his time at Double-A Binghamton than after his recent promotion to Triple-A Syracuse.

That’s because Kay has been experiencing a bit of an adjustment period with Syracuse, going 0-3 with a 9.64 ERA in four starts. Obviously, the hitters are better, but the baseball — the same one producing a record number of homers in the majors — has been troublesome as well.

“The seams are definitely a little bit lower and they obviously go a little bit farther,” he said. “You don’t really want to worry about it. At the end of the day, you’ve still got to make pitches regardless of what balls you’re throwing.”

Kay made pitches in Sunday’s Futures Game appearance, using a nifty sequence to whiff Luis Robert, the sport’s No. 5 prospect, to complete a scoreless fourth inning. Kay got him to swing through an 82-mph curve for strike two, then blew a 96-mph fastball past him for the strikeout. The MLB ball didn’t appear to be a problem. “It was awesome,” Kay said. “I was fired up to be out there. It was just all around a great experience.”

That was a flash of his greatness (1.49 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) at Binghamton, a performance that had many on social media starting to envision Kay joining fellow Ward Melville product Steven Matz in the Mets’ rotation.

“You definitely look at it,” Kay said. “They all want you up there and they think you can help out the team. It’s been a little bit of a struggle in Triple-A, so you’ve kind of got to get used to that, mix in a couple of good starts, and then hopefully I’ll get the call.”  

Garcia jumps to Scranton

Shortly after Deivi Garcia pitched his perfect first inning Sunday, the Yankees announced that their pitching prodigy is being promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Garcia, 20, didn’t know about it until later, when he received a congratulatory text on his phone from Double-A Trenton manager Pat Osborn, who also said to call him. That’s when he got the news. “I feel like I’m one step closer,” the smiling Garcia said through a translator. “I just have to keep working so I can get there in the future.”

He needed a little English help Sunday in speaking with a handful of reporters, but  when asked about someday getting a call-up to the Bronx, his broad smile didn’t require any translation.

“I always think about it,” he said. “I always have in mind that maybe, one day, I’ll get there and pitch for the Yankees. It’s a goal of mine.”

He’s certainly got the talent. Garcia had a 3.00 ERA in 10 starts for Double-A Trenton, with an eye-popping 81 strikeouts in 51 innings. It has made him one of the Yankees’ primary trade chips as they look to upgrade their rotation, and Garcia understands that potentially could derail his Bronx dream.

“I really don’t think about that that much,” he said. “I just do my work, and if the moment comes that I get traded, it’s my job to work there as well.”

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