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Trevor May --

Posted: 8/6/2014 9:13 AM

Trevor May -- 


Twins pitching prospect Trevor May could be called up to make his major league debut on Saturday in Oakland.

May would be on regular rest Saturday. The young right-hander has been terrific at Triple-A Rochester this season, posting a 2.93 ERA and 91/37 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. The improvement in control is especially notable, as May has never held a BB/9 ratio below 4.0 before this year's 3.5 mark. The Twins could also choose to give Anthony Swarzak another spot start. Tommy Milone started Tuesday, so he's not an option.
Losers whine about their best...... Winners go home and        %##%# the prom queen.
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Posted: 8/6/2014 12:06 PM

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Is this speculation on your part or have you heard something? We haven't heard about this in Rochester....although we have been on the road. Today is an offday. Milone could pitch on Sunday. It would be the 5th day. He was very good last night.
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Posted: 8/6/2014 2:17 PM

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Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune
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Posted: 8/6/2014 2:52 PM

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I read nelsons article on this where he said 'I have to imagine that May will be on the Twins.....'
So maybe...but not for sure.
It was interesting to see Meyer's game by game pitch count. I know he has been on a strict limit and I also know I have been more than aggrevated when he comes out in the 5th and 6th innings of games he dominates....only to see the bullpen piss it all away. He has 6 no decisions in his last 9 starts. Pretty clear now that manager Glynn has strict orders to pull him, no matter the score or the inning.
yeah I know anyone in the 'majors' can say that these games 'don't count'....but I bristle at that. They ALL count. Winning counts. Looks good on the resume...makes fans happy...makes teammates happy. when you see the jubilation of these guys when they just win a Governors Cup or a Division Championship, it should shut up some of the pompous wags who don't get it yet. I would invite anyone who has the ability to witness these events to refute it.

(yes I feel very strongly about this because it is an attitude that permeates those who have never experienced minor league sports and how much they actually do mean to the players...whether they want to admit it or not)

Meyer has pitched well enough this season to lead the league in wins. The early exits coupled with the Red Wings putrid bullpen has prevented this and its a shame.

sidenote...the last 20 game winner in the I.L. came in 1960...and there will never be another.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 11:20 AM

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Seth Stohs of TwinsDaily.com reports that the Twins will promote pitching prospect Trevor May to make his major league debut on Saturday in Oakland.

It came down to May, Kris Johnson and Anthony Swarzak, with the Twins opting to give the youngster a shot. Acquired from the Phillies in the Ben Revere deal, May has had a terrific season at Triple-A Rochester, posting a 2.93 ERA and 91/37 K/BB ratio over 95 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old will face a tough test versus the A's in his debut but is worth a shot in AL-only leagues.
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Posted: 8/8/2014 9:46 PM

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Yep--they announced it at the beginning of the Wings game that he is on his way to Minnesota. He earned it.
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Posted: 8/10/2014 8:59 AM

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Looks like he earned his return ticket as well.  Yuck.
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Posted: 8/12/2014 10:39 AM

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The Twins have arguably the best farm system in the American League right now, with six players making Keith Law's midseason top 50 list, three of them in the top 20.

And while the system certainly has its share of upper-echelon prospects, one of the more underrated aspects is that it has as much depth as any in baseball right now. The Twins have several prospects in the 7-to-15 range that would rank in the top three -- and in some cases at the top -- of the majority of farm systems right now. On Saturday, we'll see one of those prospects make his big league debut, as the Twins have called up right-hander Trevor May to start against Oakland. With a quality effort against one of the best lineups in baseball, he'll have a chance to finish the season in the rotation.

Here's a closer look at why May has a chance to help your fantasy club in 2014, and why he's a definite pickup for dynasty players as well.



What he can do: May has always had elite arm strength, but his "pitchability" has improved considerably this season. His fastball sits in the low 90s -- however, he can touch 94 mph with quality sink -- and his command of the pitch has seen big improvements in 2014. His best off-speed pitch is a change that can cause swings and misses from quality arm-speed deception plus fade. He also has upgraded his breaking ball, a pitch that was once seen as a fringe-average offering but now sits as a solid average one with good shape and spin.

"He might be the most improved pitcher I've seen this year," an AL East scout said. "It really started in the Arizona Fall League, but he's gone from a 'wait-and-hope' guy to a real pitching prospect in a very short amount of time. His arm is very quick and the fastball gets on you pretty quickly. That makes the change even more effective. I think he's ready to get big league hitters out right now."

Reason for concern: May has developed considerably this year, but his overall stuff isn't elite, so he has to locate his offerings if he is going to be successful. The right-hander has done that for the most part in 2014, but he has had some issues with walks, and he has put three or more batters on base via base-on-balls in four of his past 10 starts.

"He can lose his delivery at times," the scout said. "The arm has a tendency to drag behind the rest of the body, and that can cause anyone to miss spots. There are some pitchers who can afford to fall behind in the count because the stuff is so good they can make elite pitches in 2-0, 3-1 counts. With all due respect to May, he's not one of those guys. But I think he's going to throw enough strikes to be a valuable member of their rotation for the rest of the year."

Because May's breaking ball is only average, he could run into issues with right-handed hitters as well. He hasn't had extreme splits (.640 OPS vs. lefties, .540 vs. righties), but he has allowed 17 extra-base hits vs. right-handed hitters, compared to just four against lefties. Needless to say, he'll be facing more quality hitters from the right side at the big league level than he did at Triple-A Rochester, so how he handles them will be important for his success.

2014 and beyond: Those who are expecting May to be an ace or a top-of-the-rotation starter likely will come away disappointed -- he just doesn't have the arsenal to be a No. 1 or No. 2 on a legitimate major league club. Those fantasy players who could use a starter who can give you above-average totals in the majority of pitching categories, however -- and that's most of us -- can absolutely use May in 2014. I would just be a bit hesitant using him against lineups loaded with quality right-handers.

In the coming years, May should be a part of a quality Twins pitching staff that likely will include Alex Meyer, Jose Berrios and Kohl Stewart. Assuming Minnesota's upper-echelon farm system and the quality young players it has now continue to develop, he should pick up more than his fair share of wins in the coming years.
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Posted: 8/12/2014 10:54 PM

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May looked a little better today.  Pitched a little more than 2 innings in relief.  His sinker didn't look all that impressive.  Pretty much 91 with an occasional 92.  The breaking ball needs to be at the knees to be ok otherwise anything up in the zone will get rocked simply because it's not that sharp of a break.  I saw a decent change up however today which is encouraging.  it was as slow as 81 but roughly 83-85 which is a pretty good mph difference.  The changeup is probably his best pitch but like everything else he couldn't consistently throw it over or at least just below the strike zone.  The walks showed up in the final inning he pitched and his arm slot changed quite a bit from when he was throwing strikes.  To be successful up here, he has to spot the ball.  I don't think he looks very close to being major league effective.  His stuff just isn't nasty enough to miss his spots and he doesn't have enough command / control to make his stuff work.  Personally, its time to send him back down to have him work on the command.  Let's see what Meyer has for a few starts so he can figure out what he needs to do for next year.  Perfect tryout time.  Great learning experiences.  He's a few pitches away from being a middle of the rotation guy.  I suspect he should develop a cutter and should occasionally work in a 4 seamer.  if he can throw that 94-95 it could be a nice complement to his 2 seamer.  The change should be his strikeout pitch but it needs to be closer to being a strike.

There's some room for encouragement but I see a lot of work needed.  Maybe his next start will look better but it looks like his mechanics aren't consistent enough to effectively pinpoint his pitches.
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Posted: 8/12/2014 11:14 PM

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In other words, he has a lot of holes... (and maybe too many to have to tick off to ever be successful at this level).
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Posted: 8/13/2014 7:26 AM

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Bring Meyer up in September, but not now. The organization has a chance to see one of their teams succeed. So leave him alone. Plus, he has been on strict pitch counts all season. Twins stand to gain nothing by bringing Meyer up before September...except to further foul up Rochester's rotation....while battling rainouts and injuries and call-ups. august has been pretty messy around here.
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Posted: 8/13/2014 4:05 PM

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I think it was an early call up.  It looks to me like he has a lot of work to do.  Maybe it's the major league jitters (it very well could be - trying to throw it too hard).  Not trusting his stuff.  Sinker ballers who throw it too hard lose their movement.  This might be true.  I don't know.  They also get lit up.  Seems to follow the right pattern.  Gibson has more movement on his 2 seamer but I think May has a better changeup.  If May develops his command, he probably has major league stuff.
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Posted: 8/18/2014 8:59 AM

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Scheduled for two starts this week.... both at home....

He hasn't pitched at Target field yet....

For some odd reason i'm having a good feeling about this
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Posted: 8/18/2014 11:46 AM

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anything would be an improvement over his first appearances where he pitched scared and without any command.
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Posted: 8/18/2014 6:50 PM

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JMUplayermike wrote:

For some odd reason i'm having a good feeling about this
I agree with you:  That good feeling you have is odd (but I hope you're right). 

Myself, I'll be loading up on the Royals -1.5 (+120) - select both pitchers to start (Vargas and May).
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Posted: 8/18/2014 9:37 PM

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guess not.......
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Posted: 8/18/2014 9:55 PM

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brian450 wrote:
 

Myself, I'll be loading up on the Royals -1.5 (+120) - select both pitchers to start (Vargas and May).
Money in the bank...  pirate
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Posted: 8/18/2014 10:23 PM

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brian450 wrote:
brian450 wrote:
 

Myself, I'll be loading up on the Royals -1.5 (+120) - select both pitchers to start (Vargas and May).
Money in the bank...  pirate
Well, Plouffe's 3-run shot really made that a lot more interesting than it should have been, but I will accept it, because them are da rulez.
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Posted: 8/20/2014 7:41 AM

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Looked good early... just fell apart in the 5th
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Posted: 8/20/2014 12:29 PM

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Making progress.  I'm sure he's learning a lot about succeeding up here.  His pitches remained quite flat.  Needs another pitch.
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