One of the highlights of a rather boring and meaningless Minnesota Twins intersquad scrimmage on Sunday was the presence and success of pitcher Trevor May. May was one of the pitchers—along with Vance Worley—that were acquired when the Twins traded Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies this off-season. May—at age 23—could be the closest of all of the Twins’ promising young pitchers in the minors and if Sunday was any indication, May could debut as early as late 2013. Now before we go penciling in May as the second coming of Rollie Fingers, let’s pump the brakes a little bit and understand who exactly May was pitching against. May was pitching against relatively weak competition that are battling for a roster spot on the Twins this spring training; let me say that again so it sinks in: battling for a roster spot on the Twins, this spring training. A lineup voided with talent and full of question marks—outside of Justin Morneau, Josh Willingham and Joe Mauer—is not going to be the most intimidating lineup May will face in his career; so the results he earned from his first outing should be expected, not celebrated. May retired all six batters he faced and by all indications, impressed those in attendance enough to validate the high praises he has been receiving since the Twins acquired him.
If there is an arm in the organization that could be ready to contribute and breathe fresh air into the rotation this season it is May and Kyle Gibson. It would not surprise me one bit if the Twins fall out of contention and are beginning to deal pitchers –if they haven’t begun to do so already—around the trade deadline for whatever future pieces they can acquire. I look for Mike Pelfrey to have a solid season—as I predicted before this spring training and I will stick to that prediction—and I also believe that a pitcher like Rich Harden could have some value if he remains healthy and has a solid season up to that point and the Twins are out of contention. If that scenario is to happen—which all indications show that it very well could—I would not be surprised if the Twins promote May to the big leagues. I actually am going to promote and endorse the move of May to the big leagues—if not after the trading deadline—as a September call up. May is likely to start the season at Triple-A Rochester and could earn enough experience and work there to earn himself a shot at the big leagues in the latter half of the 2013 season.
It would be unfair to jump to conclusions that May is going to dominate Triple-A ball enough to merit a promotion to the big leagues in 2013, but it also isn’t unfair to speculate that he is the closest option to being ready that the Twins currently have in their minor league pitching system. May—along with Worley and Scott Diamond—could provide an interesting start to a rotation that Twins’ fans can get excited about and tune in to watch. It could be too soon to project May’s long term value to the franchise, but he, J.O. Berrios and Alex Meyer—for better or worse—are this organization’s future; so whether or not this team returns to contention relies heavily on their development and maturation. Will May be ready for the big leagues in 2013? He just “May” be. Not the greatest pun, but I’m sure it won’t be the last one made of his last name.