Stony Brook’s Anthony Kay did the most he could in his big-league debut.
The former Met prospect, who was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays this summer, tossed eight strikeouts with a 3.18 ERA in 5.2 innings against the Tampa Rays on Saturday.
Though his team loss 5-3, his performance impressed the Blue Jays coaching staff.
“He’s a bulldog on the mound. He pitches inside, he changes speeds. He did a great job,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters after the game. “Eight strikeouts against a good lineup. He was awesome. I wanted to say ‘wow’ and he was wow.”
The 24-year-old from Ward Melville High School was pinching himself after the game.
“It hasn’t sunk in fully yet,” he said. “Just having my friends and family here, I think, makes it the most special. It was really cool.”