Dodgers promote Dustin May to help bolster pitching after slow deadline

first_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies May could either stay in the rotation alongside Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda, or Maeda could be bumped to the bullpen, where he has found success the past two postseasons.“We’ve got really talented arms, some in the big leagues some in the minor leagues, that we’re going to spend two months trying to find out the right combination,” Friedman said. “It won’t be a lack of talent. We’re going to throw some high-quality arms at it. We feel good about our ability to do that.”Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start DENVER — Having mostly stood pat at the trade deadline on Wednesday, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman explained his next move.“All our focus is shifted to going through our guys at the major league level, the minor leagues, to figure out our plan of attack, to figure out that right combination for October,” Friedman said on a conference call.Step one: call up the best pitching prospect in the organization.The team will promote right-hander Dustin May from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start Friday’s home game against the San Diego Padres. May is the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect and ranks No. 35 in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.May, 21, is 6-5 with a 3.37 ERA combined at Double-A and Triple-A this season. A third-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2016 draft, he has a fastball that can reach 97 mph and two more pitches that grade out as above-average to plus.Before getting promoted in June, the 6-foot-6 May was 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA in 15 starts for Double-A Tulsa. He had 86 strikeouts and 20 walks in 79⅓ innings with the Drillers. He is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in five starts with Oklahoma City, including 24 strikeouts and nine walks in 27⅓ innings.The Dodgers added lefty reliever Adam Kolarek and utilityman Jedd Gyorko in separate deals before Wednesday’s 1 p.m. PDT trade deadline.They were not able to acquire Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Felipe Vazquez, a pitcher they had been linked to for weeks, but the addition of May provides an intriguing option. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more