There are few words to describe how nice it is to see a healthy Dustin May to start the 2023 campaign. After breaking into the league at just 21 years old back in 2019, he has struggled to stay on the field, making just 37 appearances over the course of four years.
What makes his absences hurt so much more is the fact that he's been absolutely filthy virtually every time he's taken the mound for the Dodgers. After he finished fifth in Rookie of the Year voting in 2020, the expectations and hype were sky-high for him, and rightfully so.
After making just 11 outings in the next two seasons after that showing, he is finally at full health, and was able to crack the Dodgers' Opening Day starting rotation. True to form, his first two starts were nearly unhittable. In 13 innings, he posted an 0.69 ERA with nine strikeouts and just three walks. Ignore his third slight blemish against the San Francisco Giants; May's true talent has shined thus far.
While May is already in his mid-20s, there's still a strong sense that he's capable of greatness for this team. If he can manage to stay healthy for a long period of time, he could give the Dodgers another top-of-the-rotation talent that they've seemed to grow on trees in recent years.