Mike Pelfrey came up with the New York Mets where he was expected to be the next big star pitcher in the Big Apple. Pelfrey had three solid seasons before crashing during the 2011 season and missing most of the 2012 season. Pelfrey has a new home in 2013 with the Minnesota Twins and has something to prove now that he is in a new place.
Minnesota doesn’t have a ton of solid pitching options in their rotation and will need Pelfrey to basically lead the way. Pelfrey may not make his first start of the season because of his continued recovery from elbow surgery, but with pitchers like Vance Worley and Kevin Correia in the rotation with him, a quick return will be important. Pelfrey has pitched poorly in spring training as well with a 5.52 ERA and has given up 19 hits over 15 innings. Those numbers could be because Pelfrey was just trying to get into shape and getting pitches in though.
The Twins are destined for a season where 70 wins would be a huge accomplishment because of their starting rotation. Pelfrey needs to be the one pitcher that surprises everyone and comes out with a huge season of 14-16 victories. Pelfrey’s career high is 15 wins in 2010 and I feel with 33-34 starts this season that he could find a way to get close to those numbers. Pelfrey may only be 29 years old, but this could be a season that determines how the rest of his career goes in MLB.