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October 21, 2013One of the top pitchers in the Bay Area, Theron Kay, is a well-known talent in the region and capped his recruitment with a commitment to Baylor.
"I was most drawn to the baseball program there as well as the coaches," Kay said of Baylor. "I got a chance to talk with them and get to know them well during my visit. I felt like I would be really working with them and that they have an outstanding knowledge of the game. They impressed upon me that they would be able to help me develop greatly as a pitcher while I am there. I also believe Baylor's style of play fits it with my strengths. Academically, I also had an opportunity to meet with the head of the music composition department, and he was able to convey a good idea of the quality of that major at Baylor, which I wish to major in."
The 6-foot, 170 pound right-hander was also in contact with Air Force, Columbia, Dartmouth, Oregon, and USC with scholarship offers from Cal, Long Beach State, Santa Clara, and Utah. He either took an official or unofficial visit to every school mentioned with the exception of Dartmouth.
Kay has been a star on the Valley Christian squad since his freshman year when he was brought up late in the season and held a 1.26 ERA in 16.2 innings. He sported a 0.98 ERA in 78.2 innings during his sophomore season with 57 strikeouts and most recently held a 0.93 ERA in 90.1 innings as a junior with 82 strikeouts. He can touch 88 MPH, throw an effective slider, and use multiple offspeed pitches to keep hitters off balance.
"I believe my strengths are being able to move the baseball in all directions and have control over all my pitches," said Kay.
Although we've only seen Kay throw on the right side, he is working to become a true switch-pitcher. "I hope to strengthen on my left side so I will be able to eventually throw competitively with both hands," he added. "I already can, but my left needs considerably more development."
Off of the field, Kay is just as accomplished as he maintains a 4.1 GPA. His favorite subject is music and he'll major in music composition.
Kay went the distance in nine games last year and holds a 19-5 record on the varsity squad entering his senior season. Valley Christian will return many key players including Kay and San Diego bound infielder Bryson Brigman. The Warriors should be one of the top teams in Northern California and Kay sees a big year ahead.
"We have very high expectations for Valley Christian's season this year," he finished. "All of our starters from last season are returning with the exception of two outfielders. This includes our entire pitching staff. If we keep working hard like we have been during the off season, we expect to do great things."
Although Baylor did not have a Californian on last year's roster, the Bears have landed a Bay Area prospect in back-to-back seasons as Los Altos shortstop Steven McLean signed with Baylor last year. With the addition of Kay, Baylor has landed another quality NCP Top 50 prospect to the program.