With a six-five frame, May has the perfect projectable physical frame. Throwing from a three-fourth arm slot, May’s 91 to 95 MPH plus-fastball with heavy life and good angle is his best pitch. His mid-to-high 70s fastball has the potential to be a plus pitch if able to tally strikes with consistency, and his changeup has the potential to be an above-average pitch. Struggles to repeat delivery, “flies open with his front side and drops elbow on off-speed pitches.” Mechanically in 2010, he had to be demoted back to Low Single-A due to regain consistency and command. May also has a tendency to overthrow, attempting for the strikeout instead of pitching. If able to reach full potential, could be a number two to three starter.
Career Stats (inc. 2011): 11.8 K/9 | 4.8 BB/9 | 348 2/3 IP | 3.46 ERA | 1.31 WHIP | .5 Hr/9 | 7.0 H/9
2011 Stats (A+): 12.2 K/9 | 4.0 BB/9 | 124 1/3 IP | 3.40 ERA | 2.71 FIP | 1.24 WHIP | .4 Hr/9 | 7.2 H/9 | .335 BABIP | 71.8 LOB%%
I mentioned before that May was the better long term prospect than Jarred Cosart due to the projectability and strikeout potential. I still believe this to be the case. I also want to raise a warning over his command and control, not to forget his mechanical difficulties. Without high-risk, there isn’t high-reward. Statistically speaking, May’s numbers don’t show any oddities or outliers, just continued control issues. There are similarities between him and Joba Chamberlain: strikeout potential and control troubles. Could be a right-handed Jonathan Sanchez or a Joba-type reliever.
Liddi is the first Italian position player to play organized baseball in the USA. Speaking from a contextual league-based perspective, his 2010 season (at Double-A in a more normalized hitting environment) was more impressive than his 2009 season (extreme hitting environment at High-A California League). He has a “pro body,” a good power stroke to all fields and solid bat speed – a 20 to 25 home run ceiling. Happens to be a defensive liability, even with his soft hands and above-average arm; it’s his range that is lacking. His plate awareness has improved and is becoming more selective, but he’ll always struggle with strikeouts, especially when his swing gets long and power approach. He’s a below-average runner and defensively a better fit at first base; will hold more value if able to stay at third, specifically due to ceiling of a .275 average and 25 home runs.
Career Stats (inc. 2011): .278/.346/.468 | 2507 AB | 186 XBH | 80 Hr | .190 ISO | 51/26 SB/CS | 700:243 K:BB
2011 Stats (AAA): .265/.338/.510 | 445 AB | 56 XBH | 25 Hr | .245 ISO | 5/1 SB/CS | 139:49 K:BB | .318 BABIP
This year he has played 23 games at shortstop, 88 games at third base and only two games at first base, which is odd since his defense is questionable. Don’t get excited; Liddi should not be playing shortstop with any regularity. Playing in the Pacific Coast League this year, his power has increased – expectantly – with similar strikeout rate and sound BABIP. Still keep perspective, he’s a .260 to .275 hitter with the potential for 25 home runs and 5 steals a year. The cavernous Safeco field and strikeout concerns should curb some of his appeal. Going into the 2012 fantasy baseball season, he feels like a David Freese play.