The MLB Draft is less than a week away, going from June 9-11. Teams will go through 40 rounds plus compensatory and competitive balance rounds for lost free agents, selecting prospects, but Anthony Kay, UConn's left-handed ace, will not have to wait long to be selected, according to draft experts.
As far as Big Boards go, Kay is sitting in the Top 50 on all of the major outlets that put one out.
In Baseball America's Top 500, Kay is sitting at 35. He is the third-highest ranked college left-handed arm and the 11th highest college pitcher. Tonight he will be on the same field as two pitchers ranked higher than him in Florida's A.J. Puk and Logan Shore, who are ranked at 1 and 34, respectively.
In MLB.com's ranking of the top 200 draft prospects, Kay is ranked 43rd. Their scouting report grades him as a 50 overall on the 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average. His fastball, change-up, and control all were graded at 55.
ESPN.com's Keith Law has Kay at 28 on his Big Board (Insider), which is up from 36 on his previous one.
In the Mock Drafts, Kay is sitting right around the compensatory round and the beginning of the second round. There are 23 first round picks followed by 11 compensatory picks. Baseball America's Mock Draft 4.0 does not list Kay among its first 34 picks.
Keith Law's Mock Draft 3.0 (Insider) has Kay is projected to go to the New York Mets at 31st overall and MLB.com's Mock Draft has Kay going 33rd overall, in the compensatory round to the St. Louis Cardinals.