Thursday, July 10, 2014
Future's Game Profile: Trevor May
May wasn't one of the Twins two original selections for the Futures Game. He had to wait to be a replacement player after Cardinals prospect Marco Gonzalez was called up to the Major Leagues. It's likely that May will make his big league debut later this season so it's only fitting that he gets to showcase himself in front of the fans in an event like this.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire knows the fans are excited to see May. "I think our fans want to see him pitch. They've been yelling for him to come to the big leagues anyway." He knows how good of a season May has been having and he could find himself managing the young pitcher in the next couple months. "I'm sure it will be a good feeling for him to be part of the game, and I'm sure we'll see him shortly after that- hopefully so- if he keeps pitching like he is."
May's performance on the field has been hard to ignore. In the month of June, he posted a 3-1 record while never allowing more than three runs in a game. The highlight of the last month was a 8.1 inning performance where he struck out 11 and allowed one run. May also won his last four decisions in the month of May so he has been tossing the ball very well.
One of the biggest changes this season has been May's ability to limit walks. Control was always the biggest concern with May but he has found some more consistency on the mound. Throughout his minor league career, his walks per nine rate was well over four per game. This year that total has dropped to around 3.5 walks per game and this has happened in May's first taste of Triple-A.
On a recent episode of the Talk to Contact podcast, we discussed all of the changes this year for Trevor May. He's very candid about his approach to the game and how he has matured as a player this season. It's an entertaining interview to listen to especially with how much he has changed even since this point last season.
May might not turn into the number one starter Twins fans have wanted since Johan Santana left but he could be a very important piece of the next winning baseball team in Minnesota. He could fit in very nicely as a number two or three starter and those kinds of pitchers have been few and far between over the last three seasons in Minnesota.