Dodgers Prospect #32 C Lucas May

LAdugout.com is taking a look at the top prospects in the Dodger organization. Here's catcher Lucas May, #32, as we count down to the very best.

C LUCAS MAY
6-0 190 Br Tr
Born- October 24, 1984
How Obtained- Drafted in the eighth round 2003


In 2003 Lucas May was selected as a shortstop, moved to the outfield and then behind the plate, seemingly finding a home there.

He progressively began to display his power, going from zero home runs with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers to five at Ogden in 2004, nine at Columbus in 2005, 18 in Columbus again in 2006 and then hit 25 at Inland Empire in 2007.

He showed aptitude as a catcher and has a strong arm and a cacher with power is a valuable thing.

He still strikes out often (130 times in 2006, 107 in 2007 and 112 times last year) but, despite that, he steadily raised his average to a respectable level.

That is until he hit a glitch in 2008 at Jacksonville.

His strong arm got him into trouble early in his career and he collected 18, 18 and 28 errors before switched to the outfield.

He had suffered a broken had at Ogden in 2004 and the next season was cut short when he suffered a hernia.

In 2006 and 2007, Luke was finally healthy and was elevated to the 40-man roster.

Just when his catching had improved so much, he ran into Double-A pitching and struggled, hitting .230 with 13 home runs and 54 runs batted in.

Sent to the Arizona Fall League work out the kinks in his swing, he slid even further into the depths, finishing with a .181 average, one homer and six ribbies over 21 games.

But for a player who went from the outfield to behind the plate and mastered all the intricacies, cutting his passed ball total to a quite manageable five, a slight slippage at the plate will not slow his progress.

His determination and work ethic is expected to stand him in good stead and he will regain both the average and the power he once displayed.

He will probably get another shot at AA pitching in 2009.

C Lucas May

team		   ave   obp   gm   ab   r    h  2b 3b  hr  bi
2003	GCLeague  .252  .350   48  159  19   40   8  0   0  10
2004	Ogden     .286  .329   34  147  25   42   5  2   5  30
2005	Columbus  .229  .267   99  385  46   88  14  2   9  30
2006	Columbus  .273  .332  119  450  76  123  27  9  18  82
2007	InEmpire  .256  .313  128  507  81  130  25  3  25  89
2008	Jack'ville.230  .294  107  392  54   90  27  1  13  54
  Totals	  .251  .301  535 2040 301  513 106 17  70 318


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