Mike Pelfrey

Baseball Player

Mike Pelfrey was born in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, United States on January 14th, 1984 and is the Baseball Player. At the age of 40, Mike Pelfrey biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 14, 1984
United States
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, United States
40 years old
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Mike Pelfrey Life

Michael Alan Pelfrey (born January 14, 1984) is an American college baseball coach and former professional baseball pitcher.

He is the pitching coach at Wichita State University.

He played college baseball at Wichita State University from 2003 to 2005 for head coach Gene Stephenson.

He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Chicago White Sox.

Personal life

Pelfrey was one of the victims of the $8 billion fraud perpetrated by wealth manager Allen Stanford. Pelfrey estimated that 99% of his assets were frozen after the fraud was revealed.

Pelfrey is known for his peculiar habit of licking his hands over the course of the game, Pelfrey has said there is a purpose behind the habit and he generally uses it to get a better grip on the ball. The Wall Street Journal counted one start of Pelfrey's and found he did this action 89 times over the course of a game.


Mike Pelfrey Career

Professional career

Pelfrey began drafting amateur baseball in June 2005 after his junior year at Wichita State University. Pelfrey may have held out or demanded a higher-than-market value contract if selecting Scott Boras as his representative. Despite being expected to have gone higher than that, the Mets selected him with his ninth overall pick (ahead of future All-Stars Andrew McCutchen and Jay Bruce by two and three spots, respectively). The Mets announced Pelfrey to a four-year major league deal on January 10, 2006. According to reports, the agreement included a $3.5 million signing bonus as well as $5.3 million in guaranteed pay.

Pelfrey appeared on the Single-A St. Lucie Mets in 2006, going 2–1 with a 1.64 ERA in four starts before being promoted to the Double-A Binghamton Mets. He was 2–1 with a 2.66 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 4713 innings over his first eight starts with Binghamton.

Pelfrey made his big-league debut with the Mets on July 8, 2006, winning by 17–3 over the Florida Marlins in a thrilling win. In Pelfrey's first two major league debuts, the Mets won grand slams (José Valentn and Carlos Beltrán) as the first in baseball history; this was the first in major league play in history. At the start of August, he was sent down to the Triple-A Norfolk Tides.

Pelfrey played well in spring training and was offered a spot in the Mets starting rotation to begin the season. However, after starting the season 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA, he was promoted to the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs. He continued to get occasional starts for the Mets throughout the season, with one player down to 0–7 at one point. Pelfrey, on the other hand, had a blast later this season. Pelfrey got off to a good start of the season on September 1 in Atlanta, giving up only one run on one hit in six innings for his first victory of the season. Pelfrey made his first two appearances in September in the midst of a close pennant race, ending the season with a record of 3-8.

Pelfrey was named as the Mets' No. 5 starter on March 30, 2008. Pelfrey's first appearance of the season on April 9, when he beat the Philadelphia Phillies by two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three runs in five innings pitched. Pelfrey won after starting off seven shutout innings against the Washington Nationals. It was his first big league appearance of his career in which he did not give up a run. Pelfrey played another good game against the Nationals on May 15, 2008. He pitched 7+2/3 innings, not allowing a hit until the seventh but only allowed one run.

Pelfy pitched 8 innings and attempted to pitch a complete game on June 11, 2008, but Billy Wagner came to a rescue after allowing a single to lead off the 9th. In the time he pitched, he only allowed one run and walked 2, while the 8 Diamondbacks stole out 8. However, Mike had a no-decision as the Mets took extra innings, 5–3, after Wagner gave a 3-run homer to Mark Reynolds with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th. Pelfrey set a club record for most batters faced without giving up a home run at 243; the Reds' Adam Dunn broke it earlier this year.

Pelfrey was voted National League Player of the Week on July 14, 2008. Pelfrey went 2–0 while not allowing a run over his two runs against the San Francisco Giants and Colorado Rockies last week, week ending July 13. Mike scattered nine hits without a walk in his 15.0 shutout innings, with 10 hitting out 10.

Pelfrey's first complete game of his career against the Atlanta Braves on August 20, 2008. In the 9 innings, he struck out three batters, tossing 108 pitches. It was a 3-hitter. Pelfrey won his second straight game victory, this time allowing only 6 hits and 1 run for his 13th victory of the season. David Cone is the only former Mets pitcher to win three straight games.

He was once known to tossing a power curveball and discovered a slider at the request of his former pitching coach Rick Peterson. Pelfrey has since been able to rework his curveball repertoire, according to former pitching coach Dan Warthen.

Pelfrey won his second straight game victory in August 25, 2008, the first Mets to do so since Bret Saberhagen did it in 1995. Though striking out six runs and walking none, he allowed only six hits with one earned run.

Pelfrey wears a mouthpiece while pitching at certain times. Since being struck by a ball in college, the temporomandibular joint disorder sufferer can be seen chewing on it between pitches. Mike stopped using the mouthpiece in early 2008, after beginning the season with some good and some bad shows, Mike decided against using it. Mike went on to pitch consistently in June, July, and August. Fans and former Mets pitcher Ron Darling began to ask whether Mike was pitching better because he had not used the mouthpiece, which may have been a source of confusion.

Pelfrey had the honor of playing the first official game at Citi Field on April 13. In the Mets' 6–5 loss, he allowed a leadoff home run to Jody Gerut and surrendered five earned runs overall. Pelfrey had a rough year, going 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP, like the team itself. Pelfrey is also ranked in balks, with six out of six. On May 17, he became the first Mets pitcher since Al Leiter to balk three times in a game.

Pelfrey started throwing curveballs and splitters during the 2010–2010 offseason for Warthen. Pelfrey was used as a relief pitcher in a 20-inning game against the Cardinals in 6 hours and 53 minutes. Pelfrey made his first appearance in the major leagues before Francisco Rodriguez's season was a success, but Joe Mather (Cardinal's third baseman/outfielder) suffered.

His 2010 season was his best year to date. He had a spectacular first half, with a 10-1-0 record. His second half was much more average, with a 5-8 record. His last stats were 15 victories and 9 losses, a 3.66 ERA, with 113 strikeouts and 204 innings pitched.

Pelfrey pitched a complete game masterpiece against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on June 18, 2011. He allowed one run, five hits, and five out five, but not out five runs. He threw a season high 123 pitches, his second highest mark of his career. Pelfrey was nominated for the Roberto Clemente Award. Pelfrey had a rough start to 2011 in general, going 7-13 with a 4.74 ERA.

The Mets and Pelfrey settled their arbitration case for $5.7 million in January 2012. Pelfrey needed Tommy John surgery on his elbow, putting an end to his season, according to a spokesperson on April 26, who confirmed it on the weekend. He had started with a stiffness in his elbow at the start of his previous career. An MRI revealed a tear in his elbow's ulnar collateral ligament. Dr. James Andrews' surgery was successful. According to Pelfrey, the tear could have been a change in his pitching mechanics.

The Minnesota Twins reported on December 20, 2012, that Pelfrey had signed to a one-year, $4 million deal. Pelfrey was assigned number 34 in honor of late Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett.

Pelfrey had his worst season in eight years in the Majors in 2013, finishing 5-13 for the Twins. In his first full year in the American League, he pitched in 29 games following Tommy John's 2012 Tommy John surgery.

Pelfrey has been a member of the Minnesota Twins since December 14, 2013, and he has been able to make up to $3.5 million in performance bonuses. Pelfrey made five starts in 2014 before being forced to miss the season due to groin, elbow, and shoulder injuries.

Pelfy's 2015 season was more fruitful, with a 4.26 ERA, his best since 2010. In 30 starts, he set a new low of 6-11. He had the highest WHIP among major league pitchers (1.48).

Pelfrey agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with the Detroit Tigers on December 6, 2015. Pelfrey spent some of the 2016 season on the Disabled List due to a lower back ailment, limited him to 24 games (22 starts). In 119 innings pitched, he had a 4–10 record and 5.07 ERA in a mostly ineffective season.

Pelfrey was released by the Tigers on March 30, 2017.

Pelfrey was a member of the Triple-A Charlotte, who was drafted to a minor league contract on April 5, 2017. The White Sox purchased his deal from Charlotte on April 22, 2017 as he replaced the injured James Shields. He made his White Sox debut against the Cleveland Indians on the same day. He was 3-12 with a 5.93 ERA in 2017. While being hit three times, batters stole 26 bases against him, tying for first positions in the major leagues.

Coaching career

Pelfrey retired from playing baseball and accepted a coaching position at Newman University on March 6, 2018.

Pelfrey took over as the pitching coach at Wichita State University in 2019. Following Todd Butler's dismissal, new Wichita State head coach Eric Wedge kept Pelfrey as the pitching coach.