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By Jon Weisman
Kicking off their selections in today’s second day of the MLB Draft, the Dodgers used their third-round pick (101st overall) on right-handed pitcher Dustin May from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas.
— Dustin May (@d_maydabeast) June 10, 2016
May, who turns 19 in September, checks in at 6-foot-6, 180 pounds. Here’s the MLB.com scouting report on him:
Early in the spring, May looked like the best high school pitching prospect in Texas after potential first-rounders Forrest Whitley and Kyle Muller. His stock cooled a bit when his velocity did the same, though he should be the first player ever drafted out of Northwest High (Justin, Texas), the alma mater of big leaguer Tyler Collins.
May threw in the low 80s as a sophomore but has added significant velocity as his 6-foot-6 frame has started to fill out. He dealt at 90-93 mph and reached 95 at the outset of his senior season, and he still has room for additional projection. His fastball had one of the highest spin rates (2649 rpm) at the World Wood Bat Association World Championship in October, which translates into riding life that makes it hard to hit. May’s curveball had the best spin rate (3105 rpm) at the WWBA event, though this spring he has gone more to a harder slider that may be a better fit for his slingy delivery.
He hasn’t had much need for a changeup and will need to develop one at the next level to remain a starter. A Texas Tech recruit, he’s an efficient strike-thrower but also will have to clean up his mechanics so he can stay on top of his pitches and reduce the stress on his arm.
ESPN.com summed up May thusly:
A lanky 6-foot-6 right-hander with a flaming red mane rushing out the back of his cap, May is unpolished but talented and teeming with physical projection. His fastball will reach 93 mph and sit just below that, while his breaking ball sits in the low to mid-70s and has promising but inconsistent bite and shape. May also has one the “safer” deliveries among this draft’s high school arms, loading his arm nice and early and using his size well.
May is indeed raw. His pitch quality is inconsistent, his velocity will fall off late in outings and he will have issues repeating his delivery. Teenagers this size don’t usually have dictatorial control over their limbs, and May should iron things out as he gets older and stronger. He’s also one of the older Top 100 arms; he’ll turn 19 in a few months.
Given his inconsistencies and lack of a third pitch, May is firmly behind the mass of arms tussling for draft position in the late first or early second round.