Pirates Sign Lucas May

According to Baseball America, the Pirates have signed minor league catcher Lucas May. He has played part of one season in the majors, 2010 with the Royals. May was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2003 draft. The Royals acquired him as part of the return for outfielder Scott Podsednik at the 2010 trading deadline.

The 28-year-old May spent 2012 at AAA Buffalo in the Mets organization. He hit .215 in 75 games, with a .593 OPS and a 10/74 BB/K ratio. May has hit for power in the past, but his numbers have dropped recently. In 2005, he hit 25 homers in the hitter-friendly California League with Inland Empire and he has 105 career minor league homers.

The right-handed hitting May batted .189 in 12 games for the Royals in a September call-up in 2010, striking out ten times with no walks. He will likely compete with Ali SolisĀ for the backup AAA catching spot behind Tony Sanchez.

  • May has played lots of positions. He is not known for his defense at any of them.

  • Agree John. Nothing here but future bullpen catcher.

    • It won’t be good for the Pirates if May is in the majors this year. It will mean that at least two of Martin, McKenry and Sanchez are injured. Not sure if Ali Solis is a better fourth option than May, but following Solis all Winter in the Mexican League, he had trouble hitting and on defense. Not pretty what he did there, plus he got hurt at one point.
      It is good to have two guys with major league experience at AAA for the young pitchers, so in that sense, May is good. One of them might even be at AA, so there is some value to players like them

  • Spring Training depth!

    • He will likely be invited to Major League camp for Spring Training, just because there is a huge need for catchers early in the camp