When the Twins activated Ervin Santana, we knew that the club would be forced into removing one of their current starters from the rotation. Kyle Gibson, Mike Pelfrey, and Tommy Milone all have ERAs in the 3's. Phil Hughes is making too much money to go anywhere. Trevor May gets more swinging strikes than the lot and posts some of the best peripherals (including a 3.20 FIP).
So there wasn't a good option for the Twins. There wasn't an obvious pitcher to point out and pull into Paul Molitor's office to deliver the news. But I can't believe that demoting May was making the best of a bad decision; I'd call it the opposite.
A list of nine things in which Trevor May has been the Minnesota Twins best starter
- Wins above replacement
- Strikeouts per nine innings
- Strikeout percentage
- Contact percentage
- Swinging strike percentage
And that's not all. Here's a list of the top five most valuable rookie pitchers not just in the American League, but all of baseball.
- Trevor May, Minnesota - 1.7 fWAR
- Lance McCullers, Houston - 1.6
- Chris Heston, San Francisco - 1.6
- Noah Syndergaard, Mets - 1.4
- Nate Karns, Tampa Bay - 1.4