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Michael Alan Pelfrey
(Big Pelf)

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Mike Pelfrey was drafted by the New York Mets in the 1st round of the 2005 amateur draft. Considered by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 1st overall pick, he slid to the Mets at #9 due to signability concerns. Scouted by Larry Chase, he eventually signed for a $3.55 million bonus and made his pro debut the next summer.

Pelfrey was the starting pitcher for the New York Mets when they inaugurated their new ballpark, Citi Field, on April 13, 2009. He gave up a home run to leadoff hitter Jody Gerut, one of 5 runs in 5 innings of work but did not figure in the decision as the San Diego Padres beat the Mets, 6-5. On May 17th, Pelfrey balked 3 times in a 2-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants, becoming the first pitcher in 15 years to commit three balks in a game; Al Leiter had done it last.

In 2011, Pelfrey went 7-13, 4.74 in 34 starts for the Mets. It was his fourth consecutive season of pitching around 200 innings in 30+ starts, with between 209 and 220 hits allowed each year and strikeouts varying form 105 to 113. While the counting numbers were similar, his ERAs varied wildly over that period, from 3.72 to 5.03 to 3.6 to 4.74. He had been 15-9 in 2010, before falling to 6 games below .500. Still, overall the Mets were quite satisfied with his durability and performance and counted on him to be a pillar of their starting rotation in 2012. he started off well, with no decisions but a 2.29 ERA in his first three starts then went on the disabled list with discomfort in his elbow in late April. This was actually an understatement, as a tear in a ligament was soon diagnosed, leading to Tommy John surgery on May 1st and a premature end to his season.

Pelfrey returned to action at the start of the 2013 season, by which time he had become a member of the Minnesota Twins after signing with them as a free agent in the off-season. He made his first start with his new team on April 4th and picked up his first win since 2011 in defeating the Detroit Tigers, 8-2. He gave up two runs - neither of them earned - in 5 1/3 innings of work.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2010)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2008 & 2010)

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