Dustin May, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers (High-A Rancho Cucamonga) Bracketing the inevitable (and entirely warranted) early-career Carrot Top comps, May’s physicality is as interesting as it gets on the mound. He’s a slender-framed, rail-thin 6-foot-6, and while he’ll add some mass as he matures I’m not sure how much bulk we should really expect to adorn the frame at maturity. The shoulders are narrow, the hips squeeze thinner still, and there’s an inherent gangle to the body. He utilizes a long, high leg kick, reminiscent of Bronson Arroyo. The hips stay closed through a long arm swing and drive downhill, and while he features plus arm speed, he isn’t always consistent in clearing his front side. Combined with a slingy, low-three-quarters slot, it leads to balls that will migrate arm side when he’s not on time. Still, given the age and degree of difficulty in the delivery, he repeated pretty well in this look, and it translated to decent control to both sides.
He worked 92-94 (t96) out of the gate, bumping a tick and topping at 97 in the second, and really dominated off the heater throughout his first time through the lineup. He showed hard, plus two-seam run to attack the hands of right-handed hitters, while also mixing in a straighter four-seam variant with life above the zone. His slider at 82-84 showed wicked two-plane movement, with tight vertical action diving below the zone as well as a softer early-count variant with more sweep into the zone to steal strikes at 79-81. A handful of firm changes in the 86-87 band included one that flashed above-average dive and command to coax an empty swing out of Brendan Rodgers. The rest showed as relatively flat and raw, however.
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