The Dodgers have one of the brightest young right-handed pitchers in the game in Walker Buehler. They might have another one on their hands in young fireballer Dustin May. Big Red showed flashes of greatness in 2019 and has fans salivating over his future and his potential for a breakout for the 2020 season.
Let the lists begin!
Here's the first in our series of Top 10 prospects by position rankings leading up to the release of the 2020 Top 100 on Jan. 25.
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Dustin May’s name was recently placed amongst the creme de la creme of right-handed pitching prospects in Major League Baseball. In a recent column by Jim Callis of MLB.com’s prospect evaluation department, Dustin May was ranked sixth amongst all right-handed pitching prospects in the game.
While there are very good names above him on the list, there is a case to be made that he can be as high as second on the list. The names above him include the Tigers’ Casey Mize and Blue Jays’ Nate Pearson at one and two, respectively. In terms of 2020 impact potential, May might only trail Nate Pearson. Some other names on the list include White Sox right-hander Michael Kopech and Padres right-hander Luis Patino.
Additionally, the list mentions May among prospects with “best control” and identifies the righty as a Rookie of the Year candidate in the National League.
As I mentioned, May showed signs of greatness in his 2019 cameo. May posted a 2.90 FIP and 3.79 SIERA across 34 2/3 innings of work and is poised to handle a larger workload in 2020. Current Steamer projections have him tossing 107 innings, albeit with a decline in performance. Steamer had very similar projections for Walker Buehler in his second go and we all know how that turned out.
The Dodgers will get a lot of production and innings out of their rookies in 2020 and Dustin May figures to be at the forefront.