Trevor May is going back to the Twins’ bullpen

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Twins pitcher Trevor May started the 2015 season in the starting rotation, but was moved to the bullpen in July after 15 mediocre starts, leading to a 4.37 ERA. He had more success as a reliever, posting a 3.15 ERA with 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 34 1/3 innings. May also saw a velocity jump from around 93 MPH to 95-96 MPH, per Brooks Baseball.

May was touched up for four runs in 2 2/3 innings in his most recent spring start against the Orioles. Today, the Twins have announced that May is heading back to the bullpen, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. This doesn’t close the door on him starting again, even this year, but the Twins seem to be sold that he functions better in that role. Twins GM Terry Ryan said,¬†“I envision him being a future starter,” according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

May, 26, was a fourth-round pick by the Phillies in the 2008 draft. He became a top prospect in their then-barren minor league system. The Phillies sent him along with pitcher Vance Worley to the Twins in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere in a December 2012 trade.

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