May with the Los Angeles Dodgers
October 24, 1984 |
Las Vegas, Nevada
|September 4, 2010 for the Kansas City Royals|
(through 2010 season)
|Runs batted in||6|
|Competitor for United States|
|Baseball World Cup|
|Gold||2009 Nettuno||National team|
May graduated from Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Missouri. From there, he skipped college and entered the Major League Baseball draft in 2003. He was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 8th round as the 241st overall pick. He played in Major League Baseball with the Kansas City Royals in 2010.
Los Angeles Dodgers
May began his professional career after he signed with the Dodgers. He played at the rookie level for the Gulf Coast Dodgers in 2003. He played shortstop and batted .252 with no home runs in 48 games. In 2004, May stayed at the rookie level, playing for the Ogden Raptors. Playing in only 34 games, he had a .286 batting average with 5 home runs.
He was promoted to Single-A in 2005, playing for the Columbus Catfish. He played shortstop as well as beginning to play in the outfield. His bad defense had prompted the organization to make the switch as he committed 18 errors in 46 games in 2003, 18 errors in 34 games in 2004, and 26 errors in 46 games. May played for the Catfish again in 2006, this time seeing all his action in the outfield. In 119 games, he had a .273 batting average and showed some power, hitting 18 home runs.
In 2007, May was promoted to the next level. He played for the Advanced Single-A Inland Empire 66ers. Switching positions again, he played the whole year as a catcher and displayed tremendous power in his 128 games played. His 25 home runs were tied for second in the California League and his 89 RBIs were good enough for 10th in the league. His slugging percentage was little more than 200 points higher than his batting average and his strikeout totals went down from 130 to 107 from the previous year. He was named to the California League All-Star team and went 1 for 4 with two runs scored in the All-Star game.
Following the season on November 20, 2007, May's contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers, protecting him from the Rule 5 Draft. The Dodgers assigned May to the Double-A Jacksonville Suns for the 2008 season where he hit .230 with 13 home runs in 392 at bats.
In 2009, May played for the Dodger's new AA affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts. He was named to the Southern League mid-season All-Star team and after the season played for Team USA in the 2009 Baseball World Cup where he hit 3 home runs, playing in all games as a starting catcher.
Kansas City Royals
He was called up to the Royals on September 1, 2010 and made his Major League debut on September 4 against the Detroit Tigers, where he was hitless in three at-bats. On September 12 against the Chicago White Sox he recorded his first major league hit, a single to left field off of Matt Thornton.
New York Mets
May signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on December 12, 2011.
May played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in 2013.
May signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on January 30, 2014.
While playing for AAA Nashville on August 27, 2014, May was the final batter at Herschel Greer Stadium, the Sounds' home for the first 37 years of its existence. In his only plate appearance of the night, he struck out swinging on a full count with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th inning to end the game and secure an 8-5 loss.
- Weisman, Jon (via commenter CanuckDodger). "Roster Rumblings", November 21, 2007. Accessed November 23, 2007.
- Nicholson-Smith, Ben. "D'Backs Acquire Lucas May". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 2 June 2011.
- "Scoreboard: Sacramento at Nashville; August 27, 2014". NashvilleSounds.com.