Grant Kay Hits For Cycle In His Debut
Grant Kay was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 27th round of the 2014 draft out of the University of Louisville. While Kay decided whether or not to sign with the Rays or return to school he enjoyed a productive summer playing in the wood bat Cape Cod Summer League for the Cotuit Kettlers where he went 14 for 26 with a pair of homers and four doubles. His stint with the Kettlers also included a 9 for 10 streak that included a 4 for 4 appearance culminating with a walk off home run.
Last Tuesday he signed with the Rays and announced it on Twitter @GrantKay14:
Excited to start the new chapter in my career! Truly blessed to have an opportunity to be a part of this amazing organization @RaysBaseball
— Grant Kay (@grantkay14) July 8, 2014
According to Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com there was confusion as to an exact start date for Kay’s professional career because of issues with filing his paperwork with Major League Baseball. It was unknown whether he would be eligible to play yesterday or if he’d have to wait until after the MLB AS Break (Wednesday).
He was given the go-ahead to begin his career yesterday and was penciled in as the designated hitter batting fifth for the Rays Short-Season Affiliate Hudson Renegades. His debut began with a bang as he homered on the first pitch he saw.
— Sandy Tambone (@SandyTambone) July 14, 2014
After a double and a pair of singles he lined a ball down the right field line and raced around to third for the cycle completing triple. “I was definitely excited just to be here.” Kay said. “I wasn’t sure if I was going to be cleared to play, so I was just excited to be here and get my pro career going. Then I cycled, and I guess you could call it a pretty good day.” (milb.com)
The Renegades defeated the Batavia Muckdogs by a final score of 16-4 to improve to 23-8 on the season.
Feature Photo Credit: Sandy Tambone MiLB.com (LINK)