Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Clayton Kershaw, Dustin May, Prospects

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the bullpen before the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws in the bullpen before the game against the San Francisco Giants on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – FEBRUARY 20: Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses for a portrait during photo day at Camelback Ranch on February 20, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) /

The Tulsa Drillers made it official on Monday that Dustin May will begin the season at Double-A.  While the move seems odd after a strong spring, it’s important to remember that sometimes the Double-A level has better talent as the Triple-A level is littered with AAAA players.  Those are players who are good enough to play well at Triple-A, but they are not good enough to play in the majors.

Last season, Dustin made 23 starts with just six of those coming with the Drillers.  May could play the first half of the season with Tulsa and that would equate to a full season of experience at the Double-A level.  Then if he advances to Triple-A and succeeds there, he could be on track for a September call up.

This spring, May pitched twelve plus innings with the Dodgers in big league camp and posted a 1.46 ERA.  The Dodgers even carried him on the spring roster through the exhibition games in southern California which says how highly the team thinks of him.  After throwing 132 plus innings last season, it would be nice to see Dustin increase that to 150-160 innings in 2019.  Then he can battle for a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation next spring.

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