Ex-prospect Trevor May to debut for Twins on Saturday

Ex-prospect Trevor May to debut for Twins on Saturday
August 8, 2014, 2:00 pm
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The Phillies traded Trevor May (left) and Vance Worley for Ben Revere (right) prior to the 2013 season. (USA Today Images)

The Houston Astros have been swept out of town and with them the plethora of ex-Phillies prospects who have been making their way to the majors steadily over the past year.

But the seemingly unending pipeline of former Phils farmhands flows on Saturday, Trevor May will make his big-league debut with the Minnesota Twins.

The Phillies shipped May, a former fourth-round pick, to the Twins with Vance Worley for Ben Revere prior to the 2013 season.

At the time of the trade, May had just finished a mediocre season at Double-A Reading, where he went 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA in 28 starts. His walk rate was troubling -- 4.7 walks per nine -- as was his 1.45 WHIP. He stayed at the Double-A level with Minnesota in 2013 and was again unspectacular at 9-9 with a 4.51 ERA in 27 games.

Nonetheless, he was promoted this year to Triple A, where he took huge strides. The 24-year-old righty went 8-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts. His WHIP decreased to 1.18, and his 3.5 walk rate is below 4.0 for the first time in his minor-league career. It impressed the Twins enough to earn May another promotion.

How much success May has as a major-leaguer will be the measuring stick for determining the success of the Revere deal. Worley, 26, flamed out in Minnesota but is having a bounce-back campaign with the Pirates this year.

Revere, also 26, is on his way to hitting over .300 for his second straight season with the Phillies. He's in the midst of a major hot streak -- hitting .385 since June 26. But doesn't get on base enough (.329 OBP), can't hit for power (.371 slugging), has one of the weakest arms in the sport and is an unreliable fielder in center.

May's upside, as HardballTalk points out, is mostly as a middle-of-the-rotation starter. Yet it could increase if he learns better control. His strikeout rate (8.6 K's per nine) is very good for a starter. He doesn't give up many homers (0.7 per nine in his minor-league career) or hits (7.7 per nine) either.

If May does pan out, he'll be yet another grain of salt rubbing into the Phillies' fresh trade-market wounds.

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