Dustin May’s two-seam fastball shouldn’t be possible
May, seemingly an embarrassment of riches for a Dodgers pitching staff which already possesses Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buhler, is just 22 years old. The former top prospect is known for his blazing at-times 100 MPH fastball, paired with some electric stuff that seems straight out of video game.
Sure, two-seam fastballs tend to tail inside to righties, but not like this. Nothing moves like this, and the likes of Galileo and Albert Einstein would like a word from beyond the grave.
Just how good can Dustin May be?
Similar to May’s two-seamer, there are no limitations to that potential. May was originally left off of the Dodgers opening 30-man roster, but was called upon to fill in for Clayton Kershaw. His effective start there led to a second turn through the rotation. His second start was against the Houston Astros, and Joe Kelly infamously stole the show in that one.
May’s been working hard on his off-speed pitches to match his gas, which has clearly been a strength to this point in his early career. After his last start, in which May failed to make it four inning, giving up one run but showing a concerning lack of command, he acknowledged the need for more consistency.
“I just needed to go out and get the job done,” he said. “I didn’t have all my stuff. I was pretty much just heater and the occasional cutter; curveball wasn’t really working…I need to be more in the zone with off-speed pitches.”
So, while May can make Manny Machado look like he’s back in Little League, he also struggles to hone in some of that movement, getting himself in trouble and putting runners on-base at an inefficient clip.
The Dodgers would like more of the good May, please.