Player: Jacob May
Drafted by: Chicago White Sox (No. 91 overall)
DOB: 1/23/1992 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 5’11”/175 lbs
School: Coastal Carolina
Previously Drafted: 2010: Cincinnati Reds (39th round)
Although he’s the grandson of Lee May, who amassed 354 home runs during his 18-year career in the major leagues, Jacob is anything but a slugger. At 5’11”, 175 pounds, his greatest assets are speed and athleticism, which is what led to his selection out of high school by the Reds in the 39th round of the 2010 draft.
After a disappointing freshman campaign in which he batted .206/.285/.291 in 44 games, May started to put things together as a sophomore in 2012. Appearing in 53 games, May batted .306/.391/.407 with 13 extra-base hits, 27 stolen bases and 26/26 K/BB. And as a result, he quietly emerged as a potential second-round-or-better pick.
This year, the junior has continued to build off his successful 2012 season, as he batted .324/.417/.495 with 21 extra-base hits (seven home runs), 16 stolen bases and 26/22 K/BB in 59 games. However, despite the career-best numbers, May didn’t show the overall growth needed to boost his draft stock. For example, even though he swiped 16 bags, he was also thrown out 10 times.
While it’s doubtful that May will still be considered in the second round, the switch-hitting outfielder is a safe bet to come off the board sometime within the first five rounds.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Switch-hitter; short, simple swing from both sides of the plate; contact-oriented approach and bat path; better pure hitter from the right side; handsy swing allows him to stay inside the ball; raw, inconsistent approach; gets caught in between a passive and aggressive; will struggle against advanced sequencing at the next level.
Lacks over-the-fence pop; may never have more than consistent gap power; should amass plenty of doubles and triples; if he does jump the yard, it’ll likely come as a left-handed hitter.
Plus runner; outstanding athleticism that’s obvious on both sides of the ball; smooth strides help him cover ground; turns singles into doubles with ease; good base stealer who will need to improve his reads and jumps.
Shortstop background due to athleticism; best projection comes as a center fielder; jumps and routes are noticeably raw; lacks experience; makes up for bad reads by out-running the ball.
Possesses average arm strength ideal for a center fielder.
MLB Player Comparison: Coco Crisp
Projection: Solid-average center fielder on a second-division team.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 80 percent