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Trevor May To Start On Saturday

Twins Daily has learned that Saturday will be Trevor May day. The righthander will be promoted to the Twins and make the start for the team in Oakland on Saturday afternoon opposite Jeff Samardzija. The other half of the transaction will likely be announced following Friday night’s game.

The 6-5, 240 pound prospect is 8-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Rochester Red Wings. In 95.1 innings, he has allowed just 75 hits, walked 37 and struck out 91 batters.
May came to the Twins from the Phillies organization in December of 2012 with Vance Worley in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere. He was Philadelphia’s fourth-round draft pick in 2008 out of Kelso High School in Washington. The Twins sent him back to AA for the 2013 season where he reduced his walk rate from 4.7 per nine innings to 4.0 per nine innings. This year in Rochester, that number has dropped to 3.5 walks per nine innings.

May was on track for a big league promotion in mid-May. He also had been named as a Twins representative in the Futures Game. On June 16, he gave up just one run on three hits and struck out 11 batters in 8.1 innings against Pawtucket. On June 21, he gave up three runs on five hits in five innings and injured his calf. The injury was deemed to be not serious, but he was forced to miss the Futures Game (and replaced by teammate Alex Meyer).

His return to the mound was supposed to come on the Sunday of the Futures Game, but Rochester was rained out, so he could not pitch until July 19th. He went three innings. He went three (no-hit) innings in his next start as well, but the game was suspended because of rain. On July 30, he needed just 77 pitches to get through 6.2 scoreless innings. At that point, the comments coming from the Twins were that he needed to make another start to get to 95-100 pitches.

On Monday night in Louisville, May threw 99 pitches over six innings. He gave up four runs on eight hits and four walks. Despite the results, the Twins will have him make his major league debut on Saturday against the league’s top offensive team, the Oakland A’s.

Before this season, May was #10 in the Twins Daily Top Ten Twins Prospect rankings.

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Great news! Exciting! And deserved. I just don't think you can doubt that he would have pitched the Futures Game and just stayed in Minnesota if it hadn't been for his calf injury. He needed to pitch a couple games after his DL stink to get back in the groove and get his legs under him. Shorter leash the first time out made sense. I had commented somewhere before that if his next start was an effective 90+ pitches or so, he'd probably make his next start for the Twins. When he wasn't as sharp as hoped for, I figured he'd get a third start before promotion. Guess the powers that be just wanted to see pitch count, and weren't as concerned with it being a so-so performance. I sure am glad to be wrong.
I'd forget Berrios for 2015 at this point. Not that he isn't a stud. But with other options, he youth and somewhat limited time at AA this year, with more to come soon I hope, he's probably late 2015 at best. But we are looking at Hughes, Gibson, Nolasco, May, Meyer and Milone as 6, with a possible spot for Pelfrey, even temporary, if fully sound next year. Pino has shown just enough that I'd keep him around for Rochester, a possible pen role, and depth should anyone go down. Deduno and Johnson...hmmm...thinking Deduno might be brought back for the same reasons listed for Pino. Not sure about Johnson though. Especially with the listed depth, plus Gilmartin and Berrios on the way.

Sure, if you thought "Early August" made sense before the season started.

If, on the other hand, you thought "why are they wasting him on the futures game," then none of this makes sense. He should've been called up before "the injury and rain out" were factors.

The Future's Game is a red herring. It wouldn't have stopped a promotion if he didn't get hurt.

As for the other point I disagree. There was no need for a call up before Pino and that ended up being a scramble and May couldn't be called up because he just pitched. Pino pitched well so he got a second start and May was hurt. I absolutely believe they were setting him up to start then and the timing bears that out.

Any predictions on his stat line?

I'm going 5.1 IP 7 h 4 r/er 3 bb 4 k

9 IP 10k 0H 0BB 0HBP 0ER

Twins lose 1-0

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The Future's Game is a red herring. It wouldn't have stopped a promotion if he didn't get hurt.

As for the other point I disagree. There was no need for a call up before Pino and that ended up being a scramble and May couldn't be called up because he just pitched. Pino pitched well so he got a second start and May was hurt. I absolutely believe they were setting him up to start then and the timing bears that out.

I disagree.  It was absolutely going to interfere with a promotion, or they wouldn't have announced it.  The injury came after the announcement, so that's a non factor for that time frame.

 

As for Pino, if May was the choice, they could have made it work with a spot start from Swarzak, as they later did.  There is always a way to get talent to the big leagues, if that's the goal.  Just like there is always an excuse not to, if that is the goal.

9 IP 10k 0H 0BB 0HBP 0ER

Twins lose 1-0


Followed by the thread blaming Rick Anderson for it.
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I disagree. It was absolutely going to interfere with a promotion, or they wouldn't have announced it. The injury came after the announcement, so that's a non factor for that time frame.

As for Pino, if May was the choice, they could have made it work with a spot start from Swarzak, as they later did. There is always a way to get talent to the big leagues, if that's the goal. Just like there is always an excuse not to, if that is the goal.


But Pino was the spot start. And pitched well enough to get a second.

Have they announced the roster move yet? I vote Swarzak.

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DAM DC Twins Fans
Aug 09 2014 09:45 AM

Collabello went down to make room

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ashburyjohn
Aug 09 2014 12:49 PM

9 IP 10k 0H 0BB 0HBP 0ER

Twins lose 1-0

Leaving room for improvement in later games as he settles in to the major league routine, eh?

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Two days after walking 7 hitters in 2 innings, Trevor May throws a No Hitter (in AAA)...has to be some sort of MLB history there.

 

It was a combined No hitter with Logan Darnell.

 

Box:

http://www.milb.com/...=g_box&sid=milb

Two days after walking 7 hitters in 2 innings, Trevor May throws a No Hitter (in AAA)...has to be some sort of MLB history there.

It was a combined No hitter with Logan Darnell.

Box:
http://www.milb.com/...=g_box&sid=milb


All the more impressive that he did it while still on the MLB roster! :)

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