Recent Los Angeles Dodgers call-up Dustin May will make his Major League Baseball debut on Friday versus the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium, in the highly anticipated premiere of the man they call ‘GINGERGAARD’.
The 6’6”, 180-pound redhead who draws comparisons to New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard because of his long locks, giant body, and nasty stuff, had been dominating Triple-A for the Oklahoma City Dodgers of the Pacific Coast League.
May was 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA, with a 24/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 27.1 innings.
May was ranked the 29th best prospect in America by Baseball Prospectus coming into 2019 and had been tabbed at the Dodgers’ second best prospect behind Gavin Lux.
Despite not acquiring bullpen help at the deadline to spell former lights-out closer Kenley Jansen, currently enveloped in the worst season of his career, May will look to boost a Dodgers pitching staff that does lead the National League in team ERA, but a group that has struggled to find a reliable fifth starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Walker Buehler, and Kenta Maeda.
According to FanGraphs, May mixes in four pitches including a sinker, cutter, curveball, and changeup. His sinker velocity averages between 95-99 MPH and the spin rate on his breaking ball was one of the highest in the Minor Leagues.