Prospect Rankings No. 6: Trevor May

Posted by Ben Seal, Wed, September 23, 2009 12:37 PM | Comments: 2
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Trevor May, RHPmay

Born: 9/23/1989 in Kelso, Washington

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 215

Perhaps the most difficult prospect to give up in the Cliff Lee trade was Jason Knapp, a teenage fireballer with great strikeout potential and room to grow into a frontline starter. But while the Phillies will likely miss Knapp’s services down the road, Trevor May is ready to step into his spot and become the next young gun for the organization and fans to anticipate. With a large, durable frame, three good pitches and some gaudy numbers, May made the biggest rise in the Phillies system this year, turning himself into a Top Ten prospect with plenty of room for improvement.

The Phillies drafted May in the 4th round (136 overall) in 2008 and convinced him to sign rather than head to the University of Washington to play college ball. The decision seems to have paid off so far for May, who had an excellent season at single-A Lakewood. After pitching 12 decent innings last season in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted, May skipped short-season ball and headed right for Lakewood as a 19-year-old. He missed all of spring training and a portion of the season with a back injury, but it clearly didn’t affect him once he made it back to the mound.

May is very young, but has already developed three effective pitches that will only improve as he fills out physically and gains some strength. His fastball is a heavy one, hitting between 92-94 on the gun and topping out at 95. He complements that with an overhand hammer curve that has 12-6 motion, and a changeup that is reportedly good but still needs some work to catch up to his other pitches. May’s broad shoulders and large frame make him look like a durable, work-horse type pitcher, and he was just that for Lakewood this season on the run to the South Atlantic League Championship, taking the ball every time his turn in the rotation came up and posting great results. He struck out at least one batter per inning in all but two of his starts with Lakewood, despite it being his first time pitching above rookie ball.

The numbers really say it all for May: 15 starts with Lakewood, during which he threw to a 2.56 ERA while striking out 95 batters in 77.1 innings and allowing only 58 hits. He pitched well in two postseason starts and finished the year without allowing a run in his last 21 innings, and just three in his final 37 innings. It was a dominant season, one that will make for some high expectations next year when May is likely to start in Clearwater. If he can repeat the success he displayed this year, and with Kyle Drabek possibly on his way to Philadelphia late in the 2010 season, May could be the Phillies top pitching prospect by this time next year.


Year   Level   W   L   ERA   IP    H   ER   BB   K   K/9

2008   ROOK   1   1   3.75  12.0  11   5   7   11   8.2

2009   A        4   1   2.56  77.1  58  22  43   95   11.1

RankingsAll previous prospect profiles can be found here, which is also on the left sidebar for easy viewing

6.   Trevor May, RHP
7.   Joe Savery, LHP
8.   Vance Worley, RHP
9.   Sebastian Valle, C
10.  Mike Stutes, RHP
11.  Antonio Bastardo, LHP
12.  Anthony Gose, OF
13.  Colby Shreve, RHP
14.  Anthony Hewitt, 3B
15.  Justin De Fratus, RHP
16.  Sergio Escalona, LHP
17.  Yohan Flande, LHP
18.  Julian Sampson, RHP
19.  John Mayberry, Jr., OF
20.  Mike Cisco, RHP
21.  Freddy Galvis, SS
22.  Jonathan Pettibone, RHP
23.  Domingo Santana, OF
24.  Jonathan Singleton, 1B
25.  Drew Naylor, RHP

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  • Posts: 0 Irving Maiello

    I was curious if anyone has tried this Sports Handicapping Service? I found his video on Youtube and it turns out the service is sold through clickbank which means it comes with a 60 day money back guarantee. Was wondering what peoples thoughts were.

  • Posts: 0 ethanlangley

    hahah trevor is my current pitching coach, and he looks st[pid in that picture. he has some video out on a interview, check it out

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