Twins pitching prospect Trevor May was called up and made his major league debut tonight against the Athletics, but it didn’t go nearly as well as they hoped. The right-hander, acquired along with Vance Worley in December 2012 in the trade that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies, was pitching well at Triple-A Rochester, prompting the promotion.
May, however, lasted only two innings. Only 28 of the 63 pitches he threw were strikes, as he finished the night with seven walks while allowing three hits and failing to record a strikeout, surrendering four runs in total. He walked two in the first inning, including a bases-loaded walk to Derek Norris to force in a run. In the second, he walked five — including three consecutively after quickly getting the first two outs of the inning.
May, 24, missed some time between June 22 and July 13 with a strained right calf, but posted a 2.41 ERA over four starts after coming off of the disabled list. Overall, in 17 starts with Rochester, May posted a 2.93 ERA with a 91/37 K/BB ratio in 95 1/3 innings.
Royals outfielder Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a strained oblique, making it likely that he begins the regular season on the disabled list, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals acquired Soler from the Cubs in December in exchange for reliever Wade Davis. Over parts of three seasons with the Cubs, Soler hit .258/.328/.434 with 27 home runs and 98 RBI in 765 plate appearances.
When he’s healthy, Soler is expected to find himself in the Royals’ lineup as a right fielder and occasionally as a designated hitter.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are making “major progress” on a contract extension. Molina told the team he won’t discuss an extension during the season, hence the rapid progress.
Molina is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year, $75 million contract signed in March 2012. He and the Cardinals hold a mutual option worth $15 million with a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season. The new extension would presumably cover at least the 2018-19 seasons and likely ’20 as well.
Molina is 34 years old but is still among the most productive catchers in baseball. Last season, he hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, 58 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 581 plate appearances. Though he has lost a step or two with age, Molina is still well-regarded for his defense. The Cardinals also value his ability to handle the pitching staff.