Here in Philadelphia, we’re a bit spoiled. We have nice things, including Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Hunter Pence, to name a few.
Sadly, nice things don’t come cheap (unless you’re Andrew Friedman), and often times the price to be paid is a handful of prospects. Over the last few years, Ruben Amaro has financed the team’s short-term success by sacrificing a great chunk of minor league talent. The result is a depleted farm system—one without names such as Travis D’Arnaud, Jonathan Singleton, and Jarred Cosart. Trevor May, however, is still around. And according to this list at Scout.com, he’s the only player in the Phillies organization worth a Top 100 spot.
The 22-year-old righty was taken by the Phils in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. At 6’5 and weighing in at 215 lbs, scouts are quick to identify his size and arm strength as his best tributes. He throws in the realm of 90-94 mph, complemented by a good curveball and a not-so-good changeup that needs work. Raw stuff has never been an issue for May, evidenced by his 12.1 K/9 posted in 144.1 innings last year in high A ball. Rather, a lack of both control and command are his clear weaknesses. Recent scouting reports say that May’s delivery has been inconsistent, perhaps explaining last year’s 4.05 BB/9 (which was actually a tremendous improvement over nearly 8 walks per nine in his 2010 season).
Anyway, he came in at #74 on Scout.com’s annual prospect rankings, good enough for #35 in terms of pitchers. Again, he is the only Phillies prospect on the list, which may have you asking, “Where is that Domonic Brown fellow? Isn’t he supposed to be pretty good or something?” By now, we’re used to seeing Brown on these type of rankings, but after his time in the majors last year he is no longer eligible to be called a prospect.
But hey, let’s congratulate Trevor May on his accomplishment.