Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dustin May
Dustin May turned heads this spring with his electric stuff and success when facing a few real MLB lineups. So far with the Tulsa Drillers, Dustin has made three starts pitching a total of fourteen innings while allowing three earned runs. His most recent and his first start were each five-inning gems in which no runs were allowed.
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The twenty-one-year-old is continuing his rapid rise through the organization and it would not be a surprise if he gets promoted to Oklahoma City by the summer. On the season, May has a 1.93 ERA and 0.93 WHIP while limiting the opposition to a .184 batting average. Walks have also been at a premium as May has a 17-4 strikeout to walk ratio through three starts.
Last season the Orioles noticed May as he was one of the prospects asked for in return for Manny Machado but the Dodgers refused to deal him and rightfully so. May has also come up in off-season trade talks for J.T. Realmuto so he is a hot commodity among MLB circles. Depending on how the big league rotation fares health-wise, Dustin could get a call up later this season. The Dodgers would be smart to consider him as a late-season/playoff reliever.
Notable News: Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner both sat out last night’s game but both are expected to return for today’s day game and the series finale against the Reds. Bellinger missed serious injury after getting hit by a 95 mile per hour fastball in the knee and Turner appeared to be in pain after his last hit in Monday’s game. Turner is still looking for his first home run this season.