Dustin May
Dustin May
23-Year-Old PitcherSP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
While May was used in a flexible role during the postseason, he was mostly a true starter during the regular season, starting 10 of his 12 games. Judging purely by his 2.57 ERA, it appears as though he's already delivering on his considerable hype, but his underlying numbers don't paint him in quite the same light, especially his 4.62 FIP. May's 54.7% groundball rate and 7.1 BB% were both strong, but his 19.6 K% wasn't very impressive. He wasn't a high strikeout guy in the minors, either, posting a 23.3 K% at the two highest levels. May's 8.4% swinging-strike rate came in a full three ticks below league average, so, despite his pedigree, don't expect him to suddenly start racking up whiffs any time soon. It's certainly possible to carve out a long and successful career with modest strikeout numbers, and May has the rest of the profile necessary to make that work, but it does put a cap on his ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#215
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in August of 2019.
Falters in fifth
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 15, 2021
May pitched 4.1 innings against Colorado on Wednesday, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six. He did not factor in the decision.
ANALYSIS
After Los Angeles staked May to an early 3-0 lead, it looked as though the right-hander was headed for his second win of the campaign. May kept Colorado off the scoreboard for four frames, but he allowed four straight batters to reach base after getting the leadoff man in the fifth. That was enough for manager Dave Roberts to pull the flamethrower, thus ending his bid for a victory. May still holds a strong 1.74 ERA and 14:3 K:BB across 10.1 innings on the campaign. He'll get his next start at Seattle on Monday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
78
Last 10 Games
78
Last 5 Games
78
How many pitches does Dustin May generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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61-70
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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81-90
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Dustin May generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-52%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-20%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-46%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .265 191 42 18 45 7 0 7
Since 2019vs Right .204 214 47 4 42 4 0 4
2021vs Left .143 24 9 3 3 1 0 0
2021vs Right .300 20 5 0 6 0 0 0
2020vs Left .247 110 19 11 24 2 0 6
2020vs Right .198 110 24 3 21 2 0 3
2019vs Left .346 57 14 4 18 4 0 1
2019vs Right .188 84 18 1 15 2 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-100%
ERA on Road
2020
Even Split
2019
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 2.76 1.18 45.2 1 2 0 7.5 2.0 1.2
Since 2019Away 3.16 1.03 51.1 4 2 0 8.2 2.1 0.9
2021Home 4.15 1.85 4.1 0 0 0 12.5 2.1 0.0
2021Away 0.00 0.67 6.0 1 0 0 12.0 3.0 0.0
2020Home 2.77 1.08 26.0 1 1 0 5.9 2.8 1.7
2020Away 2.77 1.12 26.0 1 0 0 7.6 2.1 1.4
2019Home 2.35 1.17 15.1 0 1 0 8.8 0.6 0.6
2019Away 4.66 1.03 19.1 2 2 0 7.9 1.9 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Dustin May compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.67
 
K/9
12.2
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
97.9 mph
 
ERA
1.74
 
WHIP
1.16
 
BABIP
.373
 
GB/FB
5.00
 
Left On Base
83.3%
 
Exit Velocity
85.4 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2352 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.1%
 
Swinging Strike
15.4%
 
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10 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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May logged over five innings in four of his first five MLB appearances and then shifted to a bullpen role due to the Dodgers' impressive rotation depth. He is the best pitching prospect in a deep system, even though his strikeout rates don't stand out. His 44.4 GB% in the majors was easily his worst mark in pro ball, and generating weak contact will be critical if May is to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. His repertoire is unusual, as his three best pitches (sinker, cutter, fourseam fastball) are all thrown at over 90 mph, while he has not had much success with his curveball, changeup or slider. That said, he turned 22 in September, so he is not a finished product, and no other MLB pitcher his age throws six distinct pitches with above-average command. There will be stiff competition for the Dodgers' final rotation spots. Even if May doesn't break camp in the rotation, he should still make double-digit starts.
If May can improve his secondary pitches, he would have No. 2 starter upside. Considering he is entering his age-21 season, we certainly can't rule out that possibility. A lean 6-foot-6, 180-pound righty, May has steadily increased his fastball velocity, and that pitch is now a mid-90s worm-killing monster (GB% around 55%), which gives his repertoire an excellent base. He has two decent secondary offerings in his curveball and cutter, but both pitches still need a good deal of refinement. His control was excellent (4.2 BB%) in 17 starts at High-A, and while that mark almost doubled after a promotion to Double-A (8.3 BB%), he comfortably projects to have at least 50-grade command/control in the majors. May should return to Double-A to start the year, but could spend most of 2019 at Triple-A. If he improves those two secondary offerings, his stock will skyrocket. If not, he could be a groundball-heavy No. 4 starter or power reliever.
A tall, lanky right-hander boasting an impressive mid-90s fastball with sink, May showed unexpectedly stellar command in 30.1 innings in the Arizona League following the 2016 draft. The teenager posted a 34:4 K:BB over that span, did not allow a single home run and ended up with a 3.86 ERA in his first taste of the minors. At 6-foot-6, there are some concerns about his ability to repeat his delivery, though May did not have any issues to begin his professional career. It is just as likely that May ends up in the bullpen, but for now he will remain a starter. The development of a third pitch will be key in his growth. The Dodgers could decide to be bullish on May and start him at Low-A Great Lakes to begin the 2017 campaign.
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Will start Wednesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 12, 2021
May's next turn in the rotation will come Wednesday against Colorado, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
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Next start bumped back
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 9, 2021
May won't start Sunday's game against Washington, but he is expected to take his next turn in the rotation soon, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Dominant in season debut
PLos Angeles Dodgers
April 5, 2021
May (1-0) tossed six scoreless innings in Monday's win over the Athletics. He gave up two hits and two walks while fanning eight.
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Cruises in spring finale
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 30, 2021
May hurled 5.1 innings in an exhibition contest versus the Angels on Tuesday, allowing one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
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Earns spot in starting rotation
PLos Angeles Dodgers
March 29, 2021
Manager David Roberts stated Monday night that May will serve as the fifth starter for the Dodgers to open the season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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