When the Minnesota Twins signed pitcher Mike Pelfrey to a two-year, $11 million contract, they weren’t entirely sure what they were going to get. The last couple of years haven’t been the best for Pelfrey due to lackluster performances and injuries, but that may all be behind him, as he is enjoying his best spring since his first in 2006.
Pelfrey has pitched in five games this spring, logging 13.2 innings, allowing three runs on 10 hits, while striking out nine. Penciled in as their fourth starter, the Twins are hoping that he can bounce back and repeat the season he had back in 2010 while pitching for the New York Mets when he went 15-9 in 34 starts and logged more than 200 innings. Although that might not be realistic, Pelfrey will enjoy more success this year. It is hard to say if he will get any more game-action this spring with only four games remaining, but Minnesota has to be thrilled with what they have seen so far.
Another pitcher the Twins have to be thrilled about is Kyle Gibson. Pitching his way into the rotation this spring forced the Twins to waive Vance Worley. Like Pelfry, Gibson has pitched in five games and has been really good. The former No. 1 prospect in the organization (2010) struggled in his first MLB action last season.
The Twins did what they needed to do to revamp the pitching staff during the offseason, bringing in Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes, but it may be the players they already had that will make the bigger difference. The season is long and games aren’t played on paper, but you can be certain that when the season ends, the Twins could see themselves hovering around the .500 mark as long as the pitching staff does what they need them to.