It turns out, not just the local rubes are noticing that Trevor May, he of the 2.91 FIP, second best in the International League, might finally be at his jump-off point after Monday night's gem for Rochester:
[FONT=Arial]May could prove a nice boost to Minnesota's rotation in short order. He has a deep arsenal (fastball, sinker, curve, slider and changeup) and has at times felt like he can control all of them -- he said he had all five offerings at his disposal in Monday's gem.
[/FONT][FONT=Arial]Talking Monday night after one of his [/FONT]best starts as a pro[FONT=Arial], May admitted that he had "underachieved" at Double-A.[/FONT][FONT=Arial]The issue was with May's mindset, which was a mix of misplaced concerns and a lack of consistent focus.[/FONT][FONT=Arial]"I feel great, I'm in good shape and I feel like everything I do in between starts is really getting me ready to pitch every five days," May said. "The biggest thing is where my head is through the progression of a game. I'm staying right on what I'm trying to do."[/FONT]
Since joining the Twins organization, May has repeatedly demonstrated in interviews his cerebral approach to pitching. This piece was no different. Although he gave the Twins coaching credit for not sweating giving up a hit and focus on limiting his walks, the author and May feel that a change he himself made in his approach to each start has been the key, coupled with an uptick in maturity:
the biggest difference in 2014 was a tweak May made on his own to improve his concentration. May compared his approach to pitching in previous seasons to when he would try to do homework in high school. At some point, the mind starts to wander, and then, "You end up on Facebook or Reddit," he said. [/FONT]
[FONT=Arial]In that sense, May has matured. He claims his ability to focus better in game situations -- along with a bit of physical maturity --. along with improved FB command... is the reason why he's dropped his walk rate to 3.4 batters per nine innings this season.[FONT=Verdana]
Be sure to check out the videos in the article that highlight great examples of how he is able to not only use his FB for strikeouts, but also for his Curve and Change-up: