Currently there is little doubt that the Philadelphia Phillies have the best starting rotation in all the major leagues. Led by Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Cole Hamels, theis starting rotation is deep and very experienced. Despite the dominance of their pitchers, the Phillies are constantly looking to stock their system with quality arms, and have other intriguing pitchers coming up through the minor leagues. Trevor May is one of these prospects, and is on track to eventually explode on to the scene in Philadelphia within the next year or two.
May actually became part of the Philadelphia franchise before any of their “Big three” were acquired. The powerful right-handed pitcher was taken in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of high school. His big frame, complimented by a heavy fastball in the 93-95 mph range, makes him a very desirable prospect. He also throws an impressive curveball and a changeup, which many scouts feel has improved greatly since his first season.
Ever since joining the professional ranks, May has posted big strikeout numbers, and has only added to his status as a major prospect. In 2011 he had 208 strikeouts in 151.1 innings. For his minor league career he has rung up 496 batters in only 375.2 innings. You can find more information about May’s career statistics here.
Winning is something that seems to follow May wherever he goes. His teams won titles in each of his first three professional seasons, and his 2011 team, Clearwater, just missed out on the playoffs.
It is a telling sign that May is still with the Phillies organization. Over the past few seasons they have made big trades for the likes of Lee and Hunter Pence, which required a great deal of their minor league talent be shipped away as compensation. Not including May in those deals is a testament to how highly he is regarded in Philadelphia. When he is eventually brought up to the majors, it will be to complement the stars heading the rotation. However, in time, he has the talent to be it’s leader.
The talent May flashes on the mound, combined with his winning pedigree, could be another superstar pitcher for the Phillies. While Halladay, Lee, and Hamels are at the top of their respective games right now, they will eventually slow down, and it will be up to a pitcher like May to come in, take the torch from them, and carry on the legacy of excellence in the Philadelphia starting rotation.
Trevor May Interview:
Which coach or manager has been most influential on you so far?: Dave Lundquist has been my pitching coach for two years. He’s worked with me through a lot, and I can attribute much of my success to his teaching.
How difficult is it to adjust to being a top baseball prospect and being approached by fans, journalists, etc…?: Not at all. I enjoy interacting with the fans and journalists. Prospect status doesn’t really mean much in terms of performance in my opinion. I just try and stay on the same path no matter what the status. One game at a time.
What has been your favorite highlight from your career so far?: Pitching in and winning two playoffs with the Lakewood Blueclaws. We play hard every day to win. Nothing is better than winning it all.
What is life typically life traveling between minor league games? What do you all do to stave off boredom?: In the Florida State League travel is easy, the longest road trip is 3 hours. In the SAL our shortest was 4 hours. So it becomes a grind to say the least. I read A LOT, watch movies and television, and play cards. That pretty much sums up all of the off time we have.
What do you think you would be doing for a career if you were not playing baseball?: I’d definitely be in my senior year at University of Washington pursuing a business degree; possibly studying to become an entrepreneur.