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Mike Pelfrey | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Pelfrey tossed seven terrific innings to shut down the Royals in a win on Wednesday.
The right-hander scattered five hits and two walks while striking out four on the evening. Pelfrey lost out on a rotation spot at the end of spring training but was moved in when Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. Over three starts, the results have been good, as he carries a 2.65 ERA. His 8/7 K/BB ratio in 17 innings, however, will need to improve if the success will be long-lasting. Pelfrey will have a tough match-up his next time out as he'll take on the Tigers at home. Apr 22 - 10:58 PM

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Mike Pelfrey allowed one run over five innings Friday in a no-decision against the Indians.

The only run scored on a wild pitch in his final inning of work. It wasn't as strong of an outing as it appeared, as Pelfrey walked four batters while striking out just two. Still, the Twins will take it. The veteran right-hander owns a 4.50 ERA through two starts and will get the Royals next week. He's not a fantasy option.
Apr 18 - 12:57 AM

Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in five innings Saturday in a no-decision against the White Sox.

Pelfrey was given an early 4-0 lead, but quickly squandered it. All told, he allowed seven hits (including two home runs) and one walk while striking out two. The veteran right-hander was originally expected to begin the season in the bullpen, but he got a second chance in the rotation after Ervin Santana was handed an 80-game PED suspension. We have seen enough from him in recent years to know that this isn't going to go well.
Apr 11 - 5:40 PM

Mike Pelfrey will take the suspended Ervin Santana's spot in the Twins' rotation.

Pelfrey holds a 1.15 ERA over 15 2/3 innings this spring but had been slated for relief duty after losing out on the No. 5 job to Tommy Milone. He'll now get his chance to start for a while, but given his 5.56 ERA in his first 34 starts for Minnesota, we're not optimistic. Trevor May will be on standby if Pelfrey stumbles.
Apr 3 - 4:51 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched a perfect inning Sunday in his first appearance since being shifted to the pen.

It's not surprising Pelfrey was upset about his move to the pen, given that it seemed he'd get every shot to keep his rotation spot and he pitched effectively, with a 1.32 ERA this spring. However, he has a much better shot of being useful to the Twins as a reliever than he did as a starter. Hopefully, he embraces the switch in time.
Mar 29 - 5:20 PM

Mike Pelfrey expressed unhappiness Saturday that he's being moved to the bullpen.

The veteran right-hander said Saturday that he was, "kind of disappointed, frustrated, a little upset" over the move. He had been told that there would be an open competition for the final spot in the rotation, and Pelfrey doesn't believe that he was outpitched by Tommy Milone. It's unclear if the Twins will seek a trade for the disgruntled hurler, or attempt to smooth things over.
Mar 28 - 9:42 AM

Mike Pelfrey yielded two runs -- one earned -- and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Phillies.

Pelfrey walked two, struck out two and gave up a homer to Cody Asche, so it wasn't a very good FIP day. However, he got 10 outs on the ground, compared to just two through the air, and that's pretty much the key to any moderate success he might experience this year. He's probably going to be named the Twins' fifth starter.
Mar 23 - 4:35 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched four innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Pelfrey struck out three and went without a walk for the third straight outings. That might be a good sign for a guy who walked 18 batters in 23 2/3 innings last year before getting hurt. He's going to be the Twins' fifth starter if this keeps up.
Mar 18 - 4:05 PM

Mike Pelfrey pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen Thursday versus the Marlins.

He allowed two hits and struck out two. Pelfrey will almost certainly serve as the Twins' fifth starter with a successful spring. It'd be good news for the rest of the AL Central.
Mar 12 - 4:45 PM

Mike Pelfrey yielded an unearned run and three hits in two innings against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Whether it's deserved or not, Pelfrey is the clear favorite to function as the Twins' No. 5 starter, at least until he gives up 12 runs in his first two regular-season starts.
Mar 7 - 4:55 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that he views Mike Pelfrey as a starter.

Molitor said the same about Alex Meyer, shooting down some speculation that both could be used out of the bullpen. Pelfrey made just five starts last season prior to undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. Tommy Milone is likely his top competition to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation this spring.
Mar 3 - 3:37 PM

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.

The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Feb 28 - 2:37 PM

Mike Pelfrey said Saturday that he's healthy and ready to compete for a spot in the Twins starting rotation this spring.

The veteran hurler missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing elbow surgery. He's been able to have a regular offseason though and is optimistic about his chances to return to form in 2015. Even if he doesn't win a rotation spot, Pelfrey is open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Jan 24 - 1:21 PM

Twins activated RHP Mike Pelfrey from the 60-day disabled list.

Pelfrey missed most of the season after having surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. He's expected to be fine for spring training and should have a spot at the back-end of the Twins' rotation.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:30:00 AM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan on Tuesday ruled Mike Pelfrey (elbow) out for the season.

Pelfrey began a throwing program a few weeks ago and at the time the club left open the possibility of him returning late in the season. However, they've ultimately decided against it. Pelfrey will be fine for spring training.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
CF1Jordan Schafer
RF1Torii Hunter
2Shane Robinson
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Tommy Milone
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6Mike Pelfrey
7J.R. Graham
8Aaron Thompson
9Caleb Thielbar