For Twins starting pitcher Trevor May, the road trip to Seattle meant the best place to stay. No it wasn’t a swank hotel downtown — it was his apartment in Fremont.
The accommodations for major-league players on a road trip are slightly better than the average vacationing family. If they aren’t staying in a five-star hotel, then it’s something pretty close. Plush rooms with their comfortable beds and room service are a few of the perks of being in “The Show.”
But for Twins starting pitcher Trevor May, the road trip to Seattle meant the best place to stay. No it wasn’t a swank hotel downtown — it was his apartment in Fremont.
The Kelso native, who lives in Seattle, got to spend three nights in his apartment while in town with the Twins.
“That was great,” he said.
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May has been living out of a suitcase for much of the early season. He didn’t make the Twins’ opening roster out of spring training and headed to Class AAA Rochester. He spent all of a day there before being recalled to the Twins when starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation.
But the comforts of home were nothing quite like the chance to pitch at Safeco Field in front of family and friends on Saturday night, even though it ended painfully. Seattle’s Kyle Seager led off the fourth inning with a line-drive rocket back at the mound.
The ball struck May on the right forearm, but he was able to recover and throw out Seager. But after meeting with the team trainer, he was lifted from the game for what was later diagnosed as a contusion. He allowed two runs on three hits in 31/3 innings pitched with five strikeouts and a walk.
“I am excited,” May said Friday. “I’ve got a lot of friends coming in tomorrow, a lot of people from Kelso.”
It wasn’t the first time May pitched at Safeco Field. As a senior for Kelso in 2008, May got the start in the state semifinals against Meadowdale. He struck out 12 in a 5-1 win. He finished the season 11-1. The Hilanders lost the next day to Kennewick. But the thought of that semifinal game brought a smile to May’s face.
“It was awesome,” he said. “It was a lot of fun. There were only about 500 people in the stands for that one. For a high-school game, that’s pretty good.”
Since he lives in Seattle full time, May attended Mariners games in September the past few seasons when the minor-league season was done.
“I’ve been to a couple King’s Court days,” he said. “It was cool to watch, but I was like, ‘Man, I can’t wait to actually play out there.’ ”
While some players choose to live in warm-weather climates in the offseason, May wasn’t leaving the Northwest. He had received scholarship to the University of Washington out of high school, but eschewed the offer when the Phillies took him in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.
“I spent a lot of time in the offseason here and there’s not a lot going on in Kelso,” May said. “I met my girlfriend here and made a lot more friends in the area. They’re all from around here. Every offseason, I’d come back. I just decided to get an apartment and live here. I love this city. I don’t want to live anywhere else. Once it gets in your blood, it’s hard to leave it.”
In the offseason, May, an accomplished DJ, performed sets at Volume, a local nightclub.
“I just do the side room and stuff,” he said. “ I always took the early sets and stuff because I like to play and have people come and we’d hang out after but I’m pretty sure Volume is closing so I think that’s out the door.”
The music is a release from the mental grind of baseball.
“I have my studio back home that I’m always messing around in,” he said. “It’s a little hobby I have. You’re kind of performing and having people react to your mix and your song choice, more than actually making my own music right now. But it’s pretty similar to feeling you control the mound. It’s exciting when people react.”
If he continues to progress with Minnesota, he could have annual in-season visits. May certainly has the potential to help the pitching-starved Twins. It’s one of the reasons he was included in the trade that sent outfielder Ben Revere to the Phillies.
He was rated as the ninth-best prospect in the organization according to Baseball America and pitched in the Futures game last season.
He was a top prospect with the Phillies after a brilliant 2011 season when he posted a 10-8 record with a 3.63 in Class A Clearwater. In 1511/3 innings, May struck out 208 batters.
But after solid start to the 2012 season at Class AA Reading where he went 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his first five starts, May couldn’t maintain the consistency he expected. He finished the year with a 10-13 record and a 4.87 ERA. He still struck out 151 in 1492/3 innings.
“It was all mental,” he said. “It was thinking how close I was and how I wanted to be and putting everything on a pedestal at this level. It’s the highest level there is, but at the same time, anyone can have some success at this level. It’s all in how you get to your potential and how consistent you are.”
May is starting to find that consistency. He was 8-6 at Class AAA Rochester last season with a 2.84 ERA in 18 starts. He made nine starts and one relief appearance for the Twins last season, going 3-6 with a 7.88 ERA.
“That’s the biggest thing for me lately, just trying to find some consistency at this level and I feel like things are kind of falling into place,” he said.