SECAUCUS, N.J. - After one of the most outstanding careers in UConn baseball history, Husky southpaw Anthony Kay (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was selected as the 31st overall pick by the New York Mets in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft on Thursday night in Secaucus. N.J.
Kay becomes the fourth Husky player to be drafted in the first round and first since George Springer ('11) and Matt Barnes ('11) were taken in the opening round of the 2011 MLB Draft. In total, UConn has had 85 MLB draft picks, including 39 under 13th-year head coach Jim Penders.
"Anthony gave his coaches and teammates everything he had over the last three years at UConn," said Penders. "He came to compete at the highest level of college baseball and to develop into a high draft pick. He believed in himself and his school and realized his potential in blue and white. I'm so proud of him and can't wait to see him pitch for the Mets. He will be there fast."
A 2016 Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American, Kay rounded out his Husky career with one of the most dominant seasons in program history. The southpaw finished the season with a 9-2 overall record, holding a 2.65 ERA in 119.0 innings pitched. His 111 strikeouts ranked second in the American Athletic Conference and fourth in single-season program history, while his .223 batting average against ranked sixth in the league.
In May, Kay became the program's all-time strikeout leader and finished his three-year career with 263 punch-outs. He is one of six Connecticut pitchers to reach the 20-win plateau and concluded his Husky career with a 22-12 overall mark.
The Stony Brook, N.Y. native earned distinction as The American's Pitcher of the Year and was also an unanimous selection to the All-Conference First Team. He was honored as the American Athletic Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player after picking up two wins during the event, including a victory in the title game against Houston on May 29.
The MLB draft continues with rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday. Check back with uconnhuskies.com for a complete draft recap.