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Strong pitching prospects highlight Fireflies roster

Staff Report //March 30, 2018//

Strong pitching prospects highlight Fireflies roster

Staff Report //March 30, 2018//

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Left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay, the New York Mets’ first-round draft choice in 2016, highlights the 2018 roster for the Columbia Fireflies, who open the 2018 season at Spirit Communications Park on Thursday.

Kay, who missed the entire 2017 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in October 2016, is ranked the Mets’ 14th-best prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America.

Kay played collegiately at Connecticut and is the Huskies’ all-time strikeout leader with 263.

Outfielder Quinn Brodey, who appeared in nine Fireflies games last year, is rated by Baseball America as the Mets’ 22nd-best prospect on a Columbia team that features three winners of the Sterling Award, given annually to the best player at each Mets minor league level. That list includes right-hander Nicolas Debora, who won the award after posting a 2.33 ERA and 56 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched for the short-season Class A Brooklyn Cyclones last year.

Pedro Lopez is in his first year as manager of the Fireflies, the Mets’ Class A affiliate, who open their third season in Columbia with a four-game series against the Augusta GreenJackets, the Class A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Lopez’s staff includes pitching coach Jonathan Hurst and hitting coach Ender Chavez.