Derrick May on Cards Young Hitting Prospects

The St. Louis Cardinals minor league hitting coordinator points out improving hitters at the lower levels in 2014.

Derrick May, a former first-round draft pick and major league outfielder, has just completed his fourth year as the minor league hitting coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. Prior to that, he worked as a hitting coach in the system after having playing success both in the USA and Japan.

In this in-depth, two-part series of over 30 minutes duration, the 46-year-old takes us around the Cardinals system, pointing out a number of players who improved at the plate during the 2014 season and fall instructional league camp.

May begins here with short-season ball through Class A, encompassing the Gulf Coast League, Johnson City, State College, Peoria and Palm Beach.

What is Next

The Cardinal Nation’s extensive series of player and coach interviews from Cardinals instructional league camp in Jupiter will continue in the upcoming days. They will include a Mike Shildt three-part interview and Derrick May’s part two, covering full-season hitters.

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