Royals acquire prospects May, Pimentel

Royals acquire prospects May, Pimentel

The Los Angeles Dodgers got Scott Podsednik to help out the big league outfield. Here's a closer look at the Minor Leaguers the Kansas City Royals got in return.


While Lucas May is 25 years old, he's relatively new to catching. Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2003 Draft, May spent his first two-plus professional seasons as a shortstop. He spent some time in the outfield in 2005 and played there full-time in 2006. Following that season, the Dodgers asked him to move behind the plate and he's made slow and steady progress since.

His catch-and-throw skills have advanced to the point where some feel he could compete defensively at the Major League level. His off-the-charts makeup allow him to be a natural leader behind the plate. Offensively, May does have some extra-base pop, with 11 homers and a .496 slugging percentage in 73 games with Triple-A Albuquerque. He's hitting .296 in the Pacific Coast League, but he may not hit for much average at the next level. He might be more of a backup when all is said and done, but he's got the chance to be an everyday guy behind the plate. The backstop for Team USA during its gold medal run in the World Cup, May will report to Triple-A Omaha.

Signed by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic, Elisaul Pimentel was in the middle of a very successful full-season debut with Great Lakes, the Dodgers' affiliate in the Class A Midwest League. In 17 outings -- 16 starts -- Pimentel was 9-3 with a 3.49 ERA. Over 90 1/3 innings pitched, Pimentel had 97 strikeouts and a .215 batting average against. He was second in the Dodgers' organization in strikeouts, tied for second in wins and fifth among full-season pitchers in ERA.

Pimentel had success with a very clean arm action that fires fastballs in the 90-93 mph range, occasionally touching 94. The 22-year-old right-hander has a fringy average breaking ball, but he shows some aptitude at spinning it and he's got an average changeup to go along with it. He's got pretty good command of all three pitches, profiling as a back end of a rotation-type starter at the big league level. Pimentel will report to Class A Burlington, the Royals' affiliate in the Midwest League.

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.