The call finally came for Trevor May.
Now all he has to do is pitch against the best team in Major League Baseball.
“You got to start somewhere right?” said Ron May, Trevor’s father.
After more than six seasons of working his way up through the minor leagues with two organizations, Trevor May is headed for the big leagues for the first time.
The former Kelso High School valedictorian will take the hill for the Minnesota Twins against the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Saturday night in Oakland. His opposite: A’s right-hander Jeff Samardzija and the highest scoring offense in the majors.
“The thing about baseball, if you pitch good it doesn’t matter who you pitch against,” Ron May said. “He’s always done well on tests. ... I expect him to go out there and pitch pretty well.”
Trevor got the nod amid what has been a career year of sorts for the 24-year-old.
Starting for the Rochester Red Wings in the Triple-A International League, the 6-foot-5 right-hander has gone 8-6 in 17 starts this season with a 2.93 earned-run average and 91 strikeouts in 95 1/3 innings.
“In the past I’ve let things snowball and let poor outings build on each other,” May said during a phone interview in early July. “This season I’ve developed an approach to each game which allows me to be as consistent as possible and taking it one pitch at a time.”
May was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game for his efforts, but was forced to sit out after being put on the disabled list with a calf strain in late June. He’s started three times since returning from the DL in July, posting an 0-2 record with five earned runs in 12 2/3 innings.
“I’m incredibly excited for Trevor,” said Kelso baseball coach Scot Meeker, who rode Trevor’s powerful right arm to a Class 3A state title game appearance in 2008.
“He has definitely put some time in and a lot of hard work. He really deserves it. He’s a great kid and great family and I’m just super proud of him.
“It’s a great thing for Hilander Nation.”
Ron said he and his family will be in O.co Coliseum for what will not only be Trevor’s big league debut but also his first pro start on the West Coast. All five leagues Trevor has played in as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and Twins organizations are based on the East Coast.
“We’ve been everywhere, from Portland, Maine, to Fort Meyers, Florida, and every place in between,” Ron said.
May will be the third ex-Hilander to reach the major leagues since 1990.
Jeff Bailey spent parts of three seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2007-09 as a first baseman, while Jason Schmidt pitched in the majors for four teams in 14 seasons, reaching the All-Star Game three times.