2014: Selected in the 27th round (817th overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and signed a professional contract. Hit .285 with five home runs, 35 RBI, 49 runs scored and 23 stolen bases in only season with the Cardinals. Finished 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in June 6 win over Kennesaw State in game one of NCAA Super Regional. Was 2-for-4 with two runs scored in May 6 win at No. 10 Vanderbilt. Connected for game-tying, solo home run with one out in the ninth inning of Cardinals' 3-2 win in 11 innings at USF on May 3. Was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored in game one of doubleheader at USF on May 3. Belted fourth home run of the season to lead Cardinals to 2-0 series-opening win over UConn on April 25. Finished with two singles, a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in April 23 win over Morehead State. Was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in April 13 win at No. 7 Houston to complete weekend sweep. Connected for third home run of the season to push Cardinals ahead for good and was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs in win at WKU on March 26. Went 3-for-4 with one RBI and scored four times in March 22 win over Rutgers. Was 2-for-4 with one RBI, one run scored and a stolen base in March 15 win over Samford. Opened series with Bulldogs going 3-for-5 with three doubles, five RBI and two runs scored on March 14. Had strong series against Miami going 5-for-10 with a home run, two doubles, six RBI and four runs scored. Singled, walked twice, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored twice in finale with RedHawks. Had two hits with three RBI and scored once in each of the first two games with Miami. Was 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, one RBI, a stolen base and one run scored in Feb. 25 win over EIU. Started all three games for the Cardinals in Charleston hitting .455 with a home run, a double and three RBI. First career hit at Louisville was a two-run homer in the season-opening win over West Virginia on Feb. 14.
Before UofL: Attended Iowa Western Community College and won a national championship in 2012. Rated as No. 3 prospect in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in 2012 as a freshman. Knee injury as a sophomore at Iowa Western limited availability. Rated as one of the top junior college players in the nation. First-team All-Conference and All-Region in both freshman and sophomore seasons. Hit .373 with 13 home runs, 37 RBI and 42 runs scored in 2012 as a freshman. Named New England Collegiate Baseball League (summer wooden bat league) All-Star at third base. Was the only junior college player named Collegiate Summer Baseball All-American in 2012.
High School: Lettered in three sports at Ralston High School (baseball, basketball and football). Earned All-State and All-Super State honors as a senior in baseball. Was All-Conference basketball selection in both junior and senior seasons. Hit .500 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI as a prep senior. Also added 25 doubles, 12 triples and 32 stolen bases in final season at Ralston.
Personal: Born on May 29, 1993 in Omaha, Neb. Son of Greg Kay and Dawn Pearsons. Has three siblings, Noah, Greyson and Gueryn. Majoring in sport administration at Louisville. After college, he plans to play professional baseball. Father played professional basketball in Europe. Hobbies and outside interest include playing basketball and spending time with his family. Favorite TV show is Entourage. Favorite athletes are Derek Jeter and Derek Rose. Favorite food is steak. Favorite teams are the Chicago Bulls and Denver Broncos. Enjoys the music from the 80's, 90's and today's hip-hop. Favorite quote is "You have to have an ego to drop your ego" by Marc Rardin.