Dodgers RHP Dustin May is one of the most important players in the clubhouse this season. Last year, coming back from Tommy John surgery, May made six starts — three of them really good, and three of them really bad.
Now, well removed from the injury, May was able to have a fully normal offseason, and feels good heading into the new season. May spoke to Dodgers Nation’s own Doug McKain about his offseason, key adjustments he’s making and what he hopes to improve upon this year. You can watch the full video here:
May has some of the filthiest stuff in baseball when he’s healthy, and said, despite the injury, he has the exact same movement and spin rates heading into the new season.
“Yeah. Everything’s pretty much exactly the same,” May told McKain. “It was just getting the feel back and, like I said, getting my body in the right positions moving down the mound is going to help contribute to throwing more strikes. …
“I’ve thrown like that for a long time now, so it’s just kind of something that I’ve grown into through my career, is being able to spin the ball. So making sure that I can just throw strikes with it is the biggest thing.”
He said he’s going to have the same pitch mix as last year, and will just work on attacking guys better and getting a better hold of his command.
As for his main goals this season, May just wants to stay healthy.
“Just to stay healthy,” May said. “That’s, for me, gonna be the biggest thing. It’s gonna be my actual first full season, so I’m excited for that.”
McKain thinks a fully healthy May has a good shot of making the All-Star team, and I have to agree. When healthy, May is one of the nastiest and most unhittable pitchers in baseball. And if he can stay healthy this year, there’s no reason he can’t be one of the best pitchers in the league.
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