Yokohama DeNA BayStars embraced Anthony Kay, who was a teammate of “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin as a replacement for Shota, “Left-hander Ace” Imana, who is aiming to advance to the Major League through the posting system.

Multiple local media, including Japan’s “Sponichi Annex” and “Nikan Sports,” reported on the 10th (Korea Standard Time) that Yokohama DeNA BayStars has recruited left-hander Anthony Kay. “The announcement will be made soon,” Sponichi Annex explained.

Yokohama DeNA finished the season in third place in the Central League last year with 74 wins, three draws and 66 losses with a winning rate of 0.529. However, this year’s performance is expected to significantly weaken. Breber Bauer, the winner of the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, is seeking to return to the Major League after leaving Yokohama DeNA, while Shota Imana is also seeking to enter the big league through posting.

Azuma Katsuki is said to have exploded his potential by winning 16 games, the most wins in the Central League, but it will not be easy to fill the gap between Bauer and Imanaga, who are hoping to return to the Major League and advance to the Major League. For this reason, he recruited Anthony Kay, who played for Ryu Hyun-jin and the Toronto Blue Jays in the past. Kay has four wins, two losses and three holds with an ERA of 5.29 in 44 games (seven starts) in the Major League.

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Kay was drafted by the New York Mets in the 31st overall pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Rookie Draft. He was selected by the Mets at the end of the first round, but considering that he was selected in the first round, he has great potential to be expected. Although he was selected by the Mets, Kay made his first big league appearance in Toronto in the 2019 season. At that time, Kay pitched in three games (two starts) and recorded one win and an ERA of 5.79.헤라카지노

If he started early on in his debut, he mainly played in the bullpen from his second year. In the 13 games in 2020 when the season was shortened due to COVID-19, Kei had two wins and no losses with a 5.14 ERA, and in the following year, he went back and forth between the starting pitcher and the bullpen, recording one win and two losses with a 5.61 ERA in 11 games (five starts). And after playing for Toronto until the 2022 season, he pitched in a total of 16 games last year while playing for the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets, leaving a 6.14 ERA.

His performance in the Major League was not noticeable, but since he recorded 23 wins, 27 losses and an earned run average of 4.13 in 102 games (62 starts) in the Minor League, the Yokohama DeNA seems to have high expectations. “Kei’s maximum speed is 157 kilometers, and he throws a fastball, slider and change-up,” Sponichi said. “The Major League Baseball’s Azuma (Katsuki) is coming. His pitching style reminds us of Azuma, who won 16 games last year. I have high expectations on Azuma, the Major League’s version.”

Yokohama DeNA’s goal of this stove league is definitely to strengthen its pitching power due to the leaks of Bauer and Imanaga. “Kei can play both the starting pitcher and bullpen, and Yokohama DeNA seems to be calculating to replace Imanaga, who is about to move to the Major League through the posting system,” “The Yokohama DeNA is continuing its investigation to recruit former Pittsburgh Pirates’ Andre Jackson.”

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