It’s an odd time to be a really good arm in the Dodgers system. Thanks to their incredible depth at all levels, some of the most elite young arms in the game enter the 2021 season without a determined role.
That would certainly be the case for Dustin May. A former top prospect with his pitch arsenal would be a lock for 29 starting rotations in Major League Baseball. He just happens to play for the Dodgers, the one rotation that he has a chance to not be included in.
The Dodgers adding in Trevor Bauer via free agency took away one more rotation spot from May. That realistically leaves one more spot for at least 3 guys to be competing for. Despite that, May said in a media call on Monday that he loved the addition of Bauer and hoped that he welcomed the added pressure.
I’m excited. It’s ways fun adding a Cy Young winner into the rotation. Also, it puts more pressure on me to go out and get a spot that was kind of shortened. There’s a lot of guys to fill up not very many spots so I gotta go out and I gotta fight for it.
The Dodgers could very well end up using a revolving door of arms to fill that final spot. Using May, Tony Gonsolin, and Julio Urias in and out of the bullpen could take the pressure off of starters to stay fresh for an entire 162-game season.
But if the Dodgers do need May back in the bullpen, he says he is fine with it. Whatever it takes to stay up with the big league club and wins games.
I’m going to be ready for whatever role they put me in, whether it be starting or relieving. I’m excited, it doesn’t matter what role I’m in as long as I’m up and helping the club win ballgames.
Whatever ends up happening with the final rotation spot, the Dodgers are in an incredible position entering 2021. The fact that they have several arms that they can push back into relief could be the difference-maker down the stretch as the season moves from 60 to 162 games.
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