Triple-A Bat Grant Kay Joins Canaries
By Adam Bertsch
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- The Sioux Falls Canaries have signed an impact infielder on loan from the Tampa Bay Rays organization. The Birds have signed Grant Kay, the club announced Tuesday.
Grant Kay comes to Sioux Falls with five years of minor league experience, including a stint at the Triple-A level in 2017.
In a corresponding move, the Canaries released pitcher Dakota Freese.
Kay, a standout at Iowa Western Community College, helped the Reivers to a 62-6 record and their second national championship in three years in 2012 as a freshman. He finished that season batting .373 with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 42 runs scored. and was considered one of the top junior college players in the nation.
In 2014, Kay took his talents to the University of Louisville. His first career hit as a Cardinal was a two-run home run in the season-opening win over West Virginia. He also helped Louisville to College World Series appearance that year, finishing with a .285 average, five home runs, 35 RBI, 49 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in his only season with the Cardinals.
Kay, 27, was a 27th round draft pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2014 draft.
In 2014, Kay entered the professional ranks posting a .314 average with 20 RBI and 27 runs scored with Low-A Hudson Valley.
He was promoted to Single-A Bowling Green in 2015 and High-A Charlotte in 2016 before moving to Double-A Montgomery in 2017.
With the Biscuits, Kay posted a .261 average with 54 RBI and 62 runs scored over 110 games. He also saw time with the Triple-A Durham that season, earning five hits in 14 at-bats in five games with the Bulls.
In 2018, Kay earned a spring training invite with the Rays, but sat out the season due to injury.
Last season, Kay played in 11 games with Double-A Montgomery earning eight hits in 32 at-bats. He also went across the pond to play in the Australian Baseball League with the Brisbane Bandits. He held a .263/.391/.421 slash line over 15 games.
He owns a minor league slash line of .258/.320.380 with over 400 games of experience across minor league levels all the way up to Triple-A.
The Birds begin a 12-game homestand Tuesday night against the St. Paul Saints. Upcoming promotions include Christmas in July on Friday, July 24, Nine Innings of Winning on Saturday, July 25, and a helmet giveaway for kids on Sunday, July 26. Birds fans can claim their seats at sfcanaries.com/tickets.