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Mike Pelfrey

30-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins

2014 Stats

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0-2

ERA

7.32

WHIP

1.88

K

8

SV

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Pelfrey struggled with a 5.19 ERA in his first season back from Tommy John surgery, but did have velocity and strikeout rates close to his career averages. He did improve with a 4.97 ERA and 7.0 K/9 i...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 7"   WT: 249   DOB: 1/14/1984   BORN: Wright-Patterson AFB, OH   COLLEGE: Wichita State   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Mike Pelfrey Contract Information:

Pelfrey agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with Minnesota in December of 2013 that includes $3.5 million in performance bonuses.

April 23, 2014  –  Mike Pelfrey News

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Pelfrey lasted five innings Wednesday night, giving up six hits, four runs (three) earned and three walks with a strikeout on his way to a no-decision.

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Mike Pelfrey Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2006 22 AA BIN 12 12 0 66.3 60 20 2 77 26 4 2 0 2.71 1.30
2006 22 AAA NOR 2 2 0 8.0 4 2 1 6 5 1 0 0 2.25 1.13
2006 22 MAJ NYM 4 4 0 21.3 25 13 1 13 12 2 1 0 5.48 1.73
2007 23 A St. 1 1 0 6.0 5 2 1 2 3 0 0 0 3.00 1.33
2007 23 AAA NEW 14 14 0 74.0 74 33 6 56 26 3 6 0 4.01 1.35
2007 23 MAJ NYM 15 13 0 72.7 85 45 6 45 39 3 8 0 5.57 1.71
2008 24 MAJ NYM 32 32 0 200.7 209 83 12 110 64 13 11 0 3.72 1.36
2009 25 MAJ NYM 31 31 0 184.3 213 103 18 107 66 10 12 0 5.03 1.51
2010 26 MAJ NYM 34 33 0 204.0 213 83 12 113 68 15 9 1 0 0 3.66 1.38
2011 27 MAJ NYM 34 33 0 193.7 220 102 21 105 65 7 13 0 0 0 4.74 1.47
2012 28 MAJ NYM 3 3 0 19.7 24 5 0 13 4 0 0 0 0 0 2.29 1.42
2013 29 A Ced 1 1 0 6.0 2 2 1 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 3.00 0.33
2013 29 MAJ MIN 29 29 0 152.7 184 88 13 101 53 5 13 0 0 0 5.19 1.55
2014 30 MAJ MIN 4 4 0 19.7 22 16 5 8 15 0 2 0 0 0 7.32 1.88
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Mike Pelfrey
3-Year Averages MAJ   22 21 0 122.0 142 65 11 73 40 4 8 0 0 0 4.80 1.49
Career  (View All) MAJ   186 182 0 1,068.7 1195 538 88 615 386 55 69 1 4.53 1.48

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Mike Pelfrey Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Apr. 23 @TB 5.0 6 4 3 0 3 1 1 1 0 - 0 0 0 7.32 1.88
Apr. 17 Tor 4.3 4 5 4 1 5 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 7.98 1.91
Apr. 10 Oak 5.0 9 6 6 2 4 3 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 7.84 1.84
Apr. 4 @Cle 5.3 3 3 3 2 3 3 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.06 1.13
Last 14 Days
3 Games:  Avg. 4.8 IP/G
14.3 19 15 13 3 12 5 2 1 0 0-1 0 0 0 8.16 2.16
Last 30 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 4.9 IP/G
19.7 22 18 16 5 15 8 2 1 0 0-2 0 0 0 7.32 1.88
Last 60 Days
4 Games:  Avg. 4.9 IP/G
19.7 22 18 16 5 15 8 2 1 0 0-2 0 0 0 7.32 1.88

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Mike Pelfrey Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
201337260319119210.270
2012526414100.298
2011413523110217412.276

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20133084122931423.337
2012337010110.303
201144753341182039.294

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201379.3260522865.791.68
201213.700011202.631.32
201193.7350533373.941.38

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201373.3370492574.541.42
20126.00002201.501.67
2011100.04805232145.491.56
Mike Pelfrey Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2006 22 AA BIN 12 12 66.3 10.45 3.53 2.96 0.27 78.6% 2.71 2.63 .345
2006 22 AAA NOR 2 2 8.0 6.75 5.63 1.20 1.13 87.5% 2.25 5.20 .153
2006 22 MAJ NYM 4 4 21.3 5.48 5.06 1.08 0.42 1.58 66.7% 5.48 4.33 .337
2007 23 A St. 1 1 6.0 3.00 4.50 0.67 1.50 85.7% 3.00 7.20 .211
2007 23 AAA NEW 14 14 74.0 6.81 3.16 2.15 0.73 71.3% 4.01 4.04 .308
2007 23 MAJ NYM 15 13 72.7 5.57 4.83 1.15 0.74 1.36 66.9% 5.57 4.70 .331
2008 24 MAJ NYM 32 32 200.7 4.93 2.87 1.72 0.54 1.51 72.8% 92.8 MPH 3.72 3.87 .302
2009 25 MAJ NYM 31 31 184.3 5.22 3.22 1.62 0.88 1.64 67.4% 92.6 MPH 5.03 4.42 .321
2010 26 MAJ NYM 34 33 204.0 4.99 3.00 1.66 0.53 1.61 73.6% 92.0 MPH 3.66 3.95 .303
2011 27 MAJ NYM 34 33 193.7 4.88 3.02 1.62 0.98 1.37 69.3% 92.2 MPH 4.74 4.64 .311
2012 28 MAJ NYM 3 3 19.7 5.95 1.83 3.25 0.00 2.50 82.1% 93.5 MPH 2.29 2.49 .361
2013 29 A Ced 1 1 6.0 9.00 0.00 0.00 1.50 0% 3.00 3.87 .084
2013 29 MAJ MIN 29 29 152.7 5.95 3.12 1.91 0.77 1.28 66.5% 92.4 MPH 5.19 4.14 .342
2014 30 MAJ MIN 4 4 19.7 3.66 6.86 0.53 2.29 0.97 65.6% 91.0 MPH 7.32 8.28 .264
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Mike Pelfrey
3-Year Averages MAJ   22 21 122.0 5.39 2.95 1.83 0.81 68.4% 4.80 4.16 .326
Career MAJ   186 182 1,068.7 5.18 3.25 1.59 0.74 69.9% 4.53 4.24 .316

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2014 Stat Review for Mike Pelfrey    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2013 (min 140 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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0.53 K/BB
TERRIBLE
3.66 K/9
TERRIBLE
6.86 BB/9
TERRIBLE
91.0 MPH Fastball
WEAK
2.3 HR/9
TERRIBLE
0.97 GB/FB Ratio
BALANCED
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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7.32 ERA
TERRIBLE
1.88 WHIP
TERRIBLE
8.28 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.264 BABIP
LOW
65.6% Strand Rate
LOW

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Career Pitcher vs. Batter Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Worst Matchups for Mike Pelfrey (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Seth Smith SD 14 7 1 1 4 2 1 .500 1.000 1.611
Adam LaRoche WAS 13 9 0 6 3 1 0 .692 .846 1.596
Joey Votto CIN 14 5 3 5 1 3 0 .357 1.071 1.471
Giancarlo Stanton MIA 19 9 2 3 4 1 0 .474 .895 1.460
Martin Prado AZ 22 10 1 3 3 3 0 .455 .864 1.384
Brian McCann NY-A 40 19 2 11 5 3 0 .475 .825 1.368
Josh Willingham MIN 20 8 2 6 2 5 0 .400 .900 1.355
Danny Espinosa WAS 13 6 1 2 1 4 0 .462 .769 1.269
Gaby Sanchez PIT 17 7 1 3 2 2 0 .412 .706 1.156
Chase Utley PHI 39 13 4 10 5 4 3 .333 .718 1.153

Best Matchups for Mike Pelfrey (by OPS against, min 12 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Wil Nieves PHI 16 3 0 1 0 1 0 .188 .313 .500
James Loney TB 16 3 0 0 1 2 2 .188 .250 .485
Ian Stewart ANA 14 3 0 0 1 0 0 .214 .214 .481
Melky Cabrera TOR 17 3 0 0 3 1 0 .176 .176 .476
Logan Morrison SEA 15 2 0 1 2 2 1 .133 .200 .435
Gerardo Parra AZ 15 3 0 1 0 5 0 .200 .200 .400
Nyjer Morgan CLE 24 4 0 1 2 3 0 .167 .167 .397
Dexter Fowler HOU 15 2 0 1 0 6 0 .133 .200 .325
Will Venable SD 12 1 0 0 0 2 0 .083 .083 .167
Clint Barmes PIT 14 0 0 0 0 3 1 .000 .000 .000

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Mike Pelfrey: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Pelfrey gave up four runs over 4.1 innings with five walks and one strikeout, but got a no-decision in the second game of Thursday's doubleheader sweep over Toronto.

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Pelfrey will start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader against Toronto after his scheduled start Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Pelfrey's Wednesday start against the Blue Jays has been postponed due to inclement weather.

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Pelfrey (0-2) was lit up for nine hits, four walks and six runs (all earned) in five innings during Thursday's loss to the Twins. He struck out three.

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Pelfrey allowed three runs on three hits, walking three and striking out three over 5.1 innings of a 7-2 loss to Cleveland on Friday afternoon.

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Pelfrey will start the Twins' Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Pelfrey is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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Pelfrey agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with Minnesota that includes $3.5 million in performance bonuses, Jon Heyman of CBSports.com reports.

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Minnesota and Pelfrey are making progress on a two-year contract, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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2014

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2013

Pelfrey made just three starts for the Mets last season, before requiring Tommy John surgery in May. However, he says he'll be ready for the starting of spring training. He signed a one-year deal with the Twins and should begin the season in the starting rotation if healthy. Pelfrey is an extreme contact pitcher without pinpoint control, which could lead to struggles in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.

2012

It looked like Pelfrey had taken a step forward in 2010, cutting back on big innings and reducing home runs allowed. Those strides led manager Terry Collins to name Pelfrey as his Opening Day starter in 2011 with Johan Santana out. That move proved disastrous as Pelfrey struggled with the command and control of all of his pitches from the beginning of the year and never got on track, regressing in the areas he made strides in during 2010. Pelfrey, who earned $3.925 million last season, is eligible for arbitration and his poor year might depress his award enough to warrant the Mets bringing him back in 2012 as the team's fourth starter.

2011

Pelfrey recovered nicely in 2010 after posting a 5.03 ERA during the 2009 season. He won a career-high 15 games and also tossed more than 200 innings for the second time. Overall, Pelfrey's numbers were good, but after topping out at 10-2 on June 25, he struggled for the next six weeks and almost lost his spot in the rotation. The key for Pelfrey is his split-finger fastball. When it's on, it becomes the solid second pitch he needs to go with his sinking fastball. When it stays up in the zone, he becomes a one-trick pony and gets hammered. Pay attention to his pace on the mound and body language as those are also tell-tale signs as to how well he is pitching. Pelfrey continued his career pattern of not giving up key hits with runners on base, so it may just be finding a way/learning to limit the damage. That said, he made solid strides last season in cutting back on big innings and reducing home runs allowed and he should open 2011 as the Mets' top starter with Johan Santana out.

2010

Big Pelf came up extremely small in 2009, failing to build on his success from 2008. The skids really came off Pelfrey's season after his first nine starts of the year, when he was 4-1 with a 3.88 ERA, as he finished 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA and 1.514 WHIP. He allowed 18 homers, six more than last year - and he pitched 16.1 more innings in 2008. Pelfrey's walk rate climbed to 3.2 per nine innings this season from 2.9 in 2008, contributing to the rise in his WHIP from 1.360 last season. Pelfrey had a tumultuous year - he consulted a sports psychologist in May to help him deal with a case of recurring balks and he became a first-time dad, all while fighting to contain a competitive fire that sometimes pushes him over the edge. Pelfrey has a lot to prove in 2010 and is penciled in to the middle of the Mets' rotation.

2009

Pelfrey finally took that next step in his development, having the kind of year Mets fans and his owners had been hoping for, with 19 quality starts in his 32 outings. Pelfrey earned a rotation spot with a solid enough spring coupled with Orlando Hernandez's injury, but struggled early and nearly lost his spot, before turning it around with a brilliant June-August, then faded in September, which may have been due to the nearly 50-inning increase in his workload. Pelfrey's struggles late came when he left his sinker up, which usually does not occur when a pitcher is tired, as he normally gets more downward action on it, but he may have overcompensated for his tiredness by trying to throw harder, resulting in less downward action. Pelfrey learned how to pitch in 2008, dialing down the velocity on his 92-97 mph sinking fastball for better control, and he will open 2009 as the team's second or third starter. If he can find a way to beat Florida, against whom he went 0-4 with a 7.11 ERA, 15 wins could be in the cards.

2008

Pelfrey, who still relies on his 92-97 mph sinking fastball way too often and seems uncomfortable throwing his breaking pitch, lost his first seven decisions before notching his first major-league win in September. Those seven losses came in between several stints in the minors, and after notching his first win, Pelfrey earned two more pitching fairly well before getting blasted his final start of the year. Despite the small strides, his inability to consistently get his slider over for strikes and develop his other off-speed pitches have dimmed his status as a prospect. Pelfrey may get a chance to fill a starting spot out of spring training but he could just as likely be dealt elsewhere or open the year at Triple-A.

2007

Pelfrey, like Philip Humber, signed in the offseaon after he was drafted, but unlike Humber, Pelfrey did not suffer a major injury and was able to advance all the way up to the majors in his rookie year. Pelfrey blew through three levels in the minors, posting a combined 9-2 record while striking out 109 and walking 33 to go along with a sterling 2.43 ERA in 96.1 innings pitched. He possesses a 92-97 mph sinking fastball and can effectively neutralize lefties with a straight changeup. However, after being promoted, he lost confidence in both his changeup and curveball, forcing him to rely solely on his fastball, which hurt him in the majors. Pelfrey strained his right lat muscle in August, sidelining him most of the remainder of the season. He then was unable to work on a slider, which might replace his curveball. He is expected to be 100 percent by spring training where he might compete for one of the spots at the back-end of the Mets rotation.

2006

The Mets selected Pelfrey ninth overall in the 2005 draft. At Wichita State, he consistently blew hitters away with a 92-97 mph sinking fastball and effectively neutralized lefties with a straight changeup. He has become more consistent with his curveball, too. After a similar holdout and layoff, 2004 first-rounder Philip Humber overthrew and needed Tommy John surgery. Hopefully the same won't happen with Pelfrey.