There was a time when Mike Pelfrey was seen as one of the best pitchers in the entire state of New York. However, since winning 15 games with the New York Mets in 2010, it has been an uphill battle for Pelfrey.
However, he continues to persevere, and will be pitching for the Minnesota Twins this year and a starter in the American League for the first time in his seven-year career. This campaign is different than others for Pelfrey as he underwent Tommy John surgery on May 1 of 2012, and this is his first MLB action since the injury.
Prior to the injury that sidelined him for all but three starts last year, Pelfrey was a workhorse while with the Mets, as he pitched in 180 or more innings for four consecutive seasons–two of those four years Pelfrey pitched in 200 or more innings. Moving from New York to Minnesota will diminish the expectations and spotlight, which may be good for the 29-year-old, who was drafted by the Mets back in 2005.
Minnesota has a history with taking a chance on pitchers like Pelfrey, as the team signed Carl Pavano in 2009 when he was just two seasons removed from Tommy John Surgery. Pavano has since been as inconsistent as can be, but Pelfrey may be a different story given his healthy past and good numbers over nearly five previous years.
Pelfrey probably won’t win 15 games again in 2013 as the Twins aren’t very talented, but he could definitely give manager Ron Gardenhire some much-needed consistency in a rotation that hasn’t had a go-to-guy since Johan Santana.