Why Mike Pelfrey Shouldn’t Be Brought Back By Minnesota Twins In 2014

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Following his final start of the 2013 season on Monday, Minnesota Twins‘ starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey expressed interest in returning to the squad in 2014.

The Twins signed Pelfrey for the 2013 season with a one-year, $4 million contract. Anticipating success from Pelfrey, who had recently undergone Tommy John surgery, Minnesota was disappointed with the performances put up by the former New York Mets‘ ace.

Pelfrey contributed to a laundry list of struggling Twins starters, posting a 5.19 ERA in 29 games. his record on the year was 5-13, and he averaged a staggering three to four hours per game on the mound. Pelfrey’s lengthy starts can be attributed to his tendency to repeatedly run the count to 3-2. Manager Ron Gardenhire regarded this problem as “fixable”, but do the Twins really have time to wait around for him to fix it?

The urgency for Minnesota to improve their starting rotation is undeniable. There really doesn’t seem to be any huge benefit to keeping Pelfrey. His worst performance this year included a start against the Oakland Athletics where he gave up a staggering seven runs in only three innings. The Twinkies continued to be routed after pulling Pelfrey and ended the game down 18-3.

These are the types of mishaps that the Twins cannot afford to have. Every pitcher is going to have a bad outing every once and awhile, but for Minnesota’s starting pitchers, the struggles have become all too frequent. While Pelfrey may have the potential to put up good numbers, he has struggled to perform in a Twins uniform. The starting rotation, which ranks at the bottom of the league across the board, needs a wholesale change.

Then again, maybe Minnesota should reward the guy who actually wants to stick around.

Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline

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  • Dan Bullard

    Any thoughts on this?


    I’m not sure what to make of Pelfrey. I like his mid 90s fastball and his decent track record in NY, but you’re right that his results weren’t great here this year. Do you think if they could get him on the cheap that he’d be worth another try?

  • Caroline Marie Ponessa

    If we could get a bargain for him and if the Twins aren’t focusing on him as a major contributor, it probably wouldn’t hurt to give him another run. What I don’t want to see is the Twins settling for pitchers like Pelfrey rather than seeking out better talent.