• Making a Name for Himself

    Over this past weekend, about 24,000 Twins fans made the trek to the Metrodome for Twins Fest. The annual event is a tremendous fund raiser for the Twins Community Fund, but it is also an opportunity for Twins fans to start getting themselves ready and excited about the upcoming season. Its been a long offseason for Twins fans, so being able to enter the Dome and see many of their favorite current, former or future Twins can be a great experience for those that collect autographs or for those that just want to be surrounded by baseball.

    It is also an opportunity for players in the Twins organization to see their teammates from last year and meet players new to the organization. One of the new guys was hard-throwing Trevor May who came to the Twins organization in December from the Phillies in the Ben Revere trade.

    Its going to take me awhile to remember some names, but itll come, I guess.

    May made the trip on Friday from Seattle, where he grew up a Mariners fan. When the 2008 fourth-round draft pick, it wasnt an easy decision to sign with the Phillies. He was the valedictorian at his high school (Kelso HS in Kelso, Washington) and had a scholarship to Stanford. But after consulting with his family, he decided to sign. He quickly became one of the best prospects in the Phillies organization. Before the 2012 season, he was the teams top prospect, according to Baseball America.



    In 2012, he struggled some in his first season at AA Reading. He went 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP in 28 starts that covered 149.2 innings. However, he was inconsistent.

    In April, he went 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA. However, over the next three months, he went 3-8 with a 6.19 ERA. He ended the season by posting a 3.53 ERA in six August starts. How does he evaluate his season?

    I started great. I stumbled a little bit. I look back at it as growing pains, and I thought I was a much better pitcher the end of the year. Even with the numbers at the beginning of the year, much better at the end than the beginning. All in all, it was a success. It might not have seemed that way on paper because the stumbling lasted a little longer than I would have liked. But I feel like Im definitely closer to my goal than I was going into last year.

    How did he feel about being traded?

    Its a cool thing, but its always a double-sided coin. Being traded, you have to leave all the guys youve played with for five years in the organization that drafted you. The game is a business. Its kind of an honor to be traded for because someone must think highly of you and Im excited to start in a Twins uniform.

    May was added to the 40 man roster of the Phillies an offseason ago. That means that he will be going to Twins spring training in a couple of weeks in Ft. Myers. There, he will join (and be roommates with) Alex Meyer, the hard-throwing righty that the Twins acquired from the Nationals in the Denard Span trade. Regarding spring training, manager Ron Gardenhire will deliver a clear message to the two newcomers:

    I just dont want them to do too much. I really just want those young men to come in and grab the ball. Thats the first thing my pitching coach is going to tell them and Im going to tell them, You throw 95. Dont try to throw 105. Come out. Relax. Do the work. Watch. Keep your eyes open. Keep your ears open. Keep your mouth shut. Pay attention to the veterans. Let them do their thing and learn. And then well see at the end of spring training when Im knocking on Terry (Ryans) door trying to keep both of them.

    Clarity will be good as May isnt quite sure what to expect from Twins training camp.

    I dont really know what to expect. I am kind of going in a bit blind, but I plan on being in the best shape Ive ever been in and game-ready from day one. (I want to) show where Im at, and all the progress Ive made this offseason. I want to compete for a spot because that is what youre there for. See where it goes from there.

    Those of you that follow May on Twitter know that he also keeps himself busy in his free time by producing some of his own music and DJing under the name DJ Hey Beef. So, I had to ask him what turned out to be a simple question. Are you a baseball player who plays music, or are you a music guy who plays baseball?

    May left no question with his answer. Im a baseball guys that play music, let me make that very clear. People confuse that line a little bit. NO, I play music for pure fun. Im not going on tour, or releasing an album or anything. Id always been into music. I had obnoxious amounts of music on my ipod.

    He has been able to turn a passion of his into a little side-job, When you play ball and youre not at the field, you have a lot of down time. I started to mess around with some programs and taught myself the last couple of years. Then I bought myself some equipment and then some more equipment. Then I got some gigs. Now I have some stuff I do very regularly in Seattle, just to make a little cash on the side. Its fun.

    He has changed his stage name to MAZR (a combination word combining his name with the word laser and then used some creative spelling).

    But make no mistake, May is a baseball player with the stuff to be very good at baseball. He throws a sinking four-seam fastball and a sinker. He also has a sharp 12-6 curveball and has made the circle changeup a strong part of his pitch repertoire. He is now working on a hard slider, as well. Who does he try to emulate as a pitcher?

    I kind of emulate or think of myself similar to, and if I were as good as this person, Id be doing pretty well, Matt Cain. Similar stuff. Similar velocities. Similar movement. I throw a big curveball. He doesnt. But were pretty similar in kind of how we approach games. All Ive got to do is get his command and I think Ill be OK.

    What does he know about the Twins?

    (The) Twins have always been a great organization with a winning tradition. Maybe down a little the last couple of years, but I know that all the guys in the clubhouse have won, and are going to do it again. Its definitely a great organization to be a part of.

    He changed his stage name to get a fresh start. He also is getting a fresh start with the Twins and this spring he will be looking to make a name for himself.


    Twins Dailys Seth Stohs was reporting from Twins Fest and able to talk to several players as well as the manager. Check back to Twins Daily throughout the week for more reports from Twins Fest.
    This article was originally published in blog: Making a Name for Himself started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      "May"-king a Name for Himself. "May" be Zach Jones (4th rounder) will become the Twins #1 prospect in a few years? Nice article Seth.
    1. twinsfaninsaudi's Avatar
      twinsfaninsaudi -
      Uh oh. DJing on the side? That has warning sign written all over it. At least he was a valedictorian. Now I read the other day that Meyer is a substitute teacher in the offseason. That I like.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      It will be fun to see May work through the system Hope to see him in MLB by 2015 or maybe late 2014. Thanks Seth.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      If you haven't seen Trevor May up close, think Joe Mauer's cousin, with a little heavier build. He is a large, strong human, and appeared very bright and friendly when he signed my little league baseball. When I asked him what his best pitch was, he paused for a second, then said, "My sinker, but I've got a good curve, too."

      Nice guy, but his signature looks like two unreadable loopy squiggles. In fact, of the 8 minor leaguers that signed my ball, only 3 had readable signatures, Tonkin, Theilbar and BJ Hermsen, who had the coolest looking signature. Yo rooks, learn to sign stuff so the fans can read it!
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      2 things:
      1 - I love Gardy. Thats a great quote by him
      2 - When will first Mauer / May rap album come out?
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      If you haven't seen Trevor May up close, think Joe Mauer's cousin, with a little heavier build. He is a large, strong human, and appeared very bright and friendly when he signed my little league baseball. When I asked him what his best pitch was, he paused for a second, then said, "My sinker, but I've got a good curve, too."

      Nice guy, but his signature looks like two unreadable loopy squiggles. In fact, of the 8 minor leaguers that signed my ball, only 3 had readable signatures, Tonkin, Theilbar and BJ Hermsen, who had the coolest looking signature. Yo rooks, learn to sign stuff so the fans can read it!
      They need to go to the Harmon Killebrew school of autographs. That man knew how to sign a ball.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      They need to go to the Harmon Killebrew school of autographs. That man knew how to sign a ball.
      Exactly. I think we read the same article. Killebrew understood that sports figures have an opportunity to show everybody how to live. People can point to Killebrew's statue and tell their kids, "That guy did everything the right way, right down to signing his autograph so you could actually read it."
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      Exactly. I think we read the same article. Killebrew understood that sports figures have an opportunity to show everybody how to live. People can point to Killebrew's statue and tell their kids, "That guy did everything the right way, right down to signing his autograph so you could actually read it."
      And a parent who puts any kind of severe lifestyle importance into the legibility of one's signature should have their children taken away from them.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Uh-oh, this kid seems nice, but he has a pizza-face and do you guys know what that is a side-effect of...STEROIDS. Great we got Roger Clemens minus the talent coming in here juicin' up the place.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      This is a great story Seth. The way he finished last year is really encouraging. I"m worried we're overestimating Meyer, but I think we might be underestimating May.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I don't know. It really all depends on his control. If May can throw more strikes, he could be a strong #2 starter, but if not, he could still be a very good bullpen arm.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by FrodaddyG View Post
      And a parent who puts any kind of severe lifestyle importance into the legibility of one's signature should have their children taken away from them.
      So doing things the RIGHT way is not a life lesson you would want to teach your children?
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnydakota View Post
      So doing things the RIGHT way is not a life lesson you would want to teach your children?
      Please define the "right" way to sign your name? I'm not sure I've ever seen someone who was told their signature is "wrong".
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