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Mike Pelfrey | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: Chicago White Sox
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7" / 240
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wichita State
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (9) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Pelfrey punched out a season-high seven batters over five innings in Friday's victory over the Tigers.
The veteran right-hander allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk. He had struck out just 11 batters through 29 2/3 innings on the season entering play on Friday, so the strikeout explosion came out of nowhere. With this fine effort, he now owns a respectable 4.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP on the season. He still isn't a recommended fantasy option for Wednesday's start against the Red Sox. May 27 - 2:51 AM

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Mike Pelfrey allowed one earned run, four hits and no walks with three strikeouts over six innings in Saturday's 16-1 victory in Seattle.

Pelfrey received a month's worth of offensive support at Safeco Field and he turned in his best effort of the season to post his first victory. He chopped nearly one run off his ERA from 5.70 to 4.85 as a result of the quality start.
May 21 - 2:35 AM

Mike Pelfrey gave up four runs in 4 2/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Angels.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria did his best Robin Ventura impression in the 5-3 loss, costing the team a winnable game. First, he let one of the game's very weakest pitchers give up two walks and two homers in the fifth, while having the currently untouchable Anthony Swarzak available for multiple innings. In the ninth, he declined to use any of his bench players to bat for backup catcher Kevan Smith with the tying run on base and two outs. Admittedly, he didn't have any great options, but starting catcher Omar Narvaez was a significantly better bet against a right-handed pitcher and Willy Garcia was available, too. Smith struck out looking, and the White Sox were done.
May 16 - 1:23 AM

Mike Pelfrey lasted just 4 2/3 innings against his former team Tuesday, allowing three runs in a loss to the Twins.

Pelfrey managed to permit just one baserunning through the first three innings, but it was inevitable that the Twins would get to him and it started in the fourth with three hits, a hit by pitch and three runs. He was pulled after yielding a walk and a double in the fifth. Pelfrey hasn't surrendered more than three runs in any outing for the White Sox so far, but he holds a 5.21 ERA and it's only a matter of time before he's designated for assignment. He's slated to face the Padres on Sunday.
May 10 - 12:38 AM

Mike Pelfrey struggled in a no-decision against his former team on Friday, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings.

The veteran right-hander struck out two on the night. With as bad as he was, he was actually able to minimize the damage overall and kept his team in the game after the Tigers struck for two runs in the first inning. He now owns a 5.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP on the season and remains an unappealing fantasy option in all formats. He'll take another turn in the White Sox' rotation on Wednesday against the Royals in Kansas City.
Apr 28 - 11:07 PM

Mike Pelfrey allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Indians on Saturday.

The start, in place of the injured James Shields, was his first of the year and first as a member of the White Sox. Given that he was released by the Tigers this spring despite them having to pay him $8 million anyway, it may be best if the start was also his last for the Sox. Alas, it won't be, and he'll have a chance to exact some revenge on the Tigers when the two teams meet Friday.
Apr 22 - 11:34 PM

White Sox purchased the contract of RHP Mike Pelfrey from Triple-A Charlotte.

He'll take the spot of the injured James Shields in the White Sox rotation. Pelfrey registered a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 119 innings with the Tigers in 2016 and isn't a recommended option in any fantasy format.
Apr 21 - 8:13 PM

White Sox signed RHP Mike Pelfrey to a minor league contract.

He'll begin his White Sox tenure with Triple-A Charlotte and try to work his way up from there. Pelfrey carries over a decade of big league experience, but holds an underwhelming 4.97 ERA over his last four seasons. He gives the White Sox some insurance for Carlos Rodon, who is still nursing a biceps injury.
Apr 5 - 3:02 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports free agent RHP Mike Pelfrey is close to signing with the White Sox.

Pelfrey was let go by the Tigers late in spring training. The 11-year veteran recorded a thoroughly mediocre 5.07 ERA last season but can at least eat innings for the White Sox while Carlos Rodon works his way back from a biceps injury. There's no fantasy intrigue here.
Apr 5 - 2:24 PM

Tigers released RHP Mike Pelfrey.

They tried their best to find a trade partner, but no team wanted to take that plunge. Pelfrey posted an ugly 7.36 ERA this spring in the Grapefruit League, after registering a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP across 119 innings during the 2016 regular season. Detroit is on the hook for his $8 million salary in 2017.
Mar 30 - 8:38 AM

Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that the Tigers are willing to eat the entirety of Mike Pelfrey's $8 million salary in order to move him in a trade.

Pelfrey never had a real shot at a rotation spot this spring, and he's struggled with a 7.36 ERA. It appears the Tigers would rather just free up the roster spot than try him out in long relief. While Detroit might be trying to deal him, he'll probably just wind up being released. Pelfrey held a 5.07 ERA and 1.73 WHIP in 2016.
Mar 28 - 7:54 PM

Mike Pelfrey gave up two runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings of a 7-5 win over the Braves on Saturday.

He has a chance to grab the fifth rotation slot in Detroit but so far has been unable to capitalize on the opportunity. He is sitting on a 7.11 ERA through 12 2/3 innings of spring action. Anibal Sanchez has done his best to pitch himself out of the rotation but Pelfrey hasn't been much better. He spent most of last season in the rotation and turned in a 4-10 record with a 5.07 ERA in 24 games (22 starts).
Mar 18 - 6:16 PM

Mike Pelfrey was perfect for three innings out of the pen Sunday against the Mets.

Pelfrey entered with a 12.00 ERA in six innings for the spring. He can't be ruled out of the Tigers' rotation mix just yet, as Anibal Sanchez has been dreadful and Matt Boyd has been merely OK. Still, it'd be best for the Tigers if someone besides Pelfrey won the gig.
Mar 12 - 4:02 PM

Mike Pelfrey was lit up for five runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Orioles on Monday.

Pelfrey got through two innings without incident, but he gave up five hits to six batters finally being lifted in the third. With a rotation spot seemingly unlikely, the Tigers will have to decide at the end of the spring whether to carry him as a middle reliever or simply eat his $8 million salary.
Mar 6 - 4:50 PM

Mike Pelfrey gave up two runs and four hits in 1 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Nationals.

Pelfrey walked two and struck out none. Even though he's making $8 million this spring, he'll need to do a whole lot better than this in order to beat out Anibal Sanchez and Matt Boyd for a rotation spot.
Mar 1 - 5:26 PM

Depth Charts

C1Geovany Soto
2Omar Narvaez
3Kevan Smith
1B1Jose Abreu
2B1Tyler Saladino
2Yolmer Sanchez
SS1Tim Anderson
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Melky Cabrera
CF1Charlie Tilson
2Leury Garcia
RF1Avisail Garcia
DH1Matt Davidson
Starting Pitcher
S1Jose Quintana
2James Shields
3Carlos Rodon
4Miguel Gonzalez
5Derek Holland
6Dylan Covey
7Mike Pelfrey
8David Holmberg
Relief Pitcher
R1David Robertson
2Nate Jones
3Zach Putnam
4Tommy Kahnle
5Michael Ynoa
6Jake Petricka
7Dan Jennings
8Anthony Swarzak
9Chris Beck
10Juan Minaya
11Gregory Infante