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Michael Alan (Mike) Pelfrey (born January 14 1984) is a starting pitcher for the New York Mets in Major League Baseball. He is a 6' 7", 230-pound right-handed power pitcher considered by Mets management to have the potential to become a star at the Major League level.

Professional careerEdit

After his junior year at Wichita State, Pelfrey entered the June 2005 amateur baseball draft. Having chosen Scott Boras as his agent, there were concerns that Pelfrey would hold out or require a higher-than-market value contract.[1] The Mets selected him with the ninth overall pick, even though he was projected to have gone higher than that. After six months of negotiations, the Mets signed Pelfrey to a four-year major league contract on January 10, 2006. The deal reportedly included a $3.5 million signing bonus and $5.3 million in guaranteed salary.

Pelfrey began the 2006 season on the Single-A St. Lucie Mets, going 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in four starts before being promoted to the AA Binghamton Mets. With Binghamton, he was 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings over his first eight starts. He throws a hard four-seam fastball at speeds up to 98 mph, a sinker, a slider, power curveball, and a circle changeup.

Major-league careerEdit


Pelfrey made his major-league debut with the Mets on July 8, 2006, earning the win in a 17-3 victory against the Florida Marlins. The Mets hit grand slams (José Valentín and Carlos Beltrán) in Pelfrey's first two major league starts. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was a first for a rookie pitcher.[2]] He was sent down to the AAA Norfolk Tides at the beginning of August.


In 2007, Pelfrey pitched well in spring training and earned a spot in the Mets starting rotation to began the season. However, after starting the season 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA, he was demoted to the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs. He continued to make occasional starts for the Mets throughout the season, at one point running his record to 0-7.

However, Pelfrey found success later in the season. Having been recalled when rosters expanded on September 1 to pitch in Atlanta, Pelfrey put together his best start of the season giving up only one run on one hit in six innings for his first win of the season. Pelfrey would go on to win his next two starts in September in the midst of a close pennant race, finishing the season with a record of 3-8.


On March 30, 2008 the Mets named Pelfrey as their Number 5 starter. Pelfrey made his first start of the season on April 9, earning a win against the Philadelphia Phillies allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings pitched.

Pelfrey then followed up this performance with arguably his best start in the Majors thus far. Using his sinker to get fifteen ground ball outs, Pelfrey pitched seven shutout innings against the Washington Nationals and earned the win. It was the first major league start of his career where he did not give up a run.

On May 15th, 2008, Pelfrey another good game. He pitched 7 and 2/3 of an inning, not allowing a hit until the seventh and only allowed one run. While the Mets still lost the game, 1-0, it was a step in the right direction for Pelfrey.[3]

On June 11th, 2008, Pelfrey pitched another good game. He pitched 8 innings, and attempted to pitch a complete game, but was replaced by Billy Wagner when he allowed a single to lead off the 9th. In the time he pitched, he only allowed one run and walked 2, while striking out 8 Diamondbacks. However, Mike got a no-decision as the Mets won in extra innings, 5-3, after Wagner blew a 3-0 lead in the 9th by allowing a 3-run homer to Mark Reynolds with 2 outs and 2 strikes.

On July 14th, 2008, Pelfrey was named the National League Player of the Week. Pelfrey went 2-0 while not allowing a run over his two starts against the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies during the week ending July 13th. Over his 15.0 shutout innings, Mike scattered nine hits without a walk, while striking out 10. [4]

Once known to throw a power curveball, he gave this pitch up and learned a slider at the request of his former pitching coach Rick Peterson. However, current pitching coach Dan Warthen has since allowed Pelfrey to work his curveball back into his pitching repertoire.

At times, Pelfrey wears a mouthpiece while he pitches. Suffering from TMJ Disorder after being hit by a ball in college, he can be seen chewing on it between pitches.[5]

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