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37 Mike Pelfrey SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/240 | Birthdate: 1/14/1984 | Birthplace: Wright Patterson AFB, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: Wichita State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 29/14 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins SP Mike Pelfrey goes four innings in no-decision Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/4/2015) Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey came away with another disappointing outing on Saturday. Pelfrey lasted just four-plus innings against the Royals. He allowed three runs on seven hits, while walking three and striking out three. Pelfrey was able to escape with a no-decision, however, as the Twins held on to beat the Royals 5-3.

The Twins staked Pelfrey to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and he was able to keep the Royals off the board for the first four innings. But, after the Twins tacked on another run, Pelfrey allowed the first three men to face him in the fifth to reach base before Lorenzo Cain singled in a pair. Pelfrey was then lifted for a reliever, but another run would come into score before the inning was over.

"I thought my stuff was way too good to not get anybody out in the fifth," Pelfrey said, per MLB.com. "I thought I had good stuff but didn't execute pitches in there in the fifth. But the bullpen picked me up and the offense scored another run and we were able to win. So I need to be better, but these guys picked me up."

Pelfrey's ERA sits at 3.94 now, and he has allowed 11 runs over six innings in his last two starts.


Twins P Mike Pelfrey rocked in loss to Reds


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey only lasted two innings in Monday evening's 11-7 loss against the Reds.

Pelfrey allowed eight runs on nine hits while walking three batters and striking out one. Pelfrey has now surrendered 20 earned runs over his past five starts. He now holds a 3.81 ERA this season. 


It's about the grip: Split the difference for Twins SP Mike Pelfrey


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) It's not saying all that much that Twins starter Mike Pelfrey is having his finest season. His best ERA in nine previous years was 3.66 and his career mark is a poor 4.45.

But his comeback has been impressive, particularly considering he is coming off Tommy John surgery and that his lowest ERA since 2011 is 4.74.

The 31-year-old Pelfrey is now 5-4 with a 3.06 ERA. His hits-to-innings ratio of 88/85 1/3 is on pace to be his best ever and he has allowed just five home runs.

And he has Twins bullpen coach Eddie Guardado to thank for it. Guardado taught him a new grip on the split-finger fastball that has proven critical.

"I think it's made all the difference in the world," Pelfrey told Fox Sports. "...It's kind of given me that changeup or secondary pitch that I've kind of been lacking."

Pelfrey now boasts the lowest ERA in the Minnesota rotation. He has used his new split-finger often. He estimated that he used to throw it three or four times a game and is now up to about 20.


Twins P Mike Pelfrey allows 3 runs, 10 hits in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey allowed three earned runs in Tuesday night's 6-2 loss to the White Sox. 

Pelfrey went 6 2/3 innings, allowed 10 hits, walked three batters and struck out four. It wasn't Pelfrey's best outing of the year, with the hit totaling the second-worst for him this season. 

Pelfrey fell to 5-4 and now has a 3.06 ERA. 

His next start is projected for June 29 against the Reds. 


Twins P Mike Pelfrey allows 1 run over 8 innings in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey gave up only one earned run in a no-decision during Thursday afternoon's 2-1 win over the Cardinals. 

Pelfrey went eight innings and only allowed four hits and one walk. He struck out three batters, giving him a season total of 37 after 13 starts. Pelfrey now has an ERA of 2.97. 

His next start is projected for June 23 against the White Sox. 


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey shelled for eight runs in 3 2/3 on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey endured his worst start of the season in Saturday's loss to the Rangers. Pelfrey was only able to last 3 2/3 innings, as he gave up eight runs on 11 hits, both season-highs. He walked three and did not record a strikeout, as his ERA ballooned to 3.18.

Pelfrey got hit with a rough fourth inning, as the Rangers scored six times to open the game up to 9-3. In that inning, Pelfrey served up a three-run home run to Mitch Moreland and a solo shot to Joey Gallo.

"It was a little bit of a different guy than what we've seen," Twins manager Paul Molitor said, per MLB.com. "His fastball was up and his split, he was trying to find it, but when he threw it over the plate it seemed to hang a little bit."

Pelfrey (5-3) will look to get back on track in his next start, scheduled for Thursday at home against the Cardinals.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey twirls eight shutout innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey shined in Sunday's win, allowing eight hits and one walk in eight scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 2-0 shutout of the Brewers.

"It was a big-time performance," Twins manager Paul Molitor said about Pelfrey, per MLB.com. "It's been a tough week for our bullpen in terms of usage so to get eight innings was really big. And all zeros. And we probably could've scored more to take the pressure off there."

Pelfrey (5-2) has pitched very well this season, giving up more than two earned runs just twice in 11 starts. Sunday's outing was his second with no runs allowed, and he matched his season high for strikeouts along the way.

"I thought I had good stuff," Pelfrey said. "My split was probably the best it's been. It just seems like whenever they hit the ball hard, it was at somebody. We turned a few nice double plays."

Pelfrey owns a 2.28 ERA and 34:19 K:BB ratio in 67 innings. He's slated to face the Rangers in Texas on Saturday.


Twins P Mike Pelfrey gives up earned run in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey only allowed one earned run in Tuesday night's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox. 

Pelfrey pitched a fine game, giving up six hits and only walking two batters through seven innings. He recorded just one strikeout. He's not one to rack up a ton of strikeouts as he only has 17 for the season. 

After seeing his ERA at 3.23 on May 14, Pelfrey's ERA has dropped to 2.59 over the past three weeks. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Brewers. 


Twins-Red Sox postponed Monday due to rain


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Monday's game between the Red Sox and Twins has been postponed due to rain.

The game is scheduled to be made up on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader. Clay Buchholz and Mike Pelfrey were scheduled to take the mound on Monday, and both will presumably be pushed back a day to start Tuesday. Phil Hughes and Rick Porcello, who are scheduled for action Tuesday, will likely pitch on Wednesday along with Trevor May and Eduardo Rodriguez.

The Red Sox will throw Rodriguez in Game 1 of the doubleheader, while Porcello will pitch Game 2, per the Boston Globe. Steven Wright will take the mound for the Red Sox on Thursday.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey moves to 4-1 with win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey allowed one run in seven innings to earn a win over Boston on Tuesday.

"I thought early I threw a lot of pitches," Pelfrey said, per MLB.com. "There was a lot of foul balls, but I thought I was throwing a lot of strikes. I was going to my secondary stuff early. But then I kept going and starting more fastballs, and the big things was I was throwing them for strikes."

Pelfrey moved to 4-1 on the year, allowing five hits and one walk, while striking out four. His next start is also against Boston, on Monday. 


Twins' Mike Pelfrey tosses six one-run innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey didn't factor into the decision on Wednesday, giving up one earned run on five hits in six innings while striking out five and walking none in his team's 4-3, 13-inning win over the Pirates.

Pelfrey allowed an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning after being staked to a 3-0 lead, and he was able to keep the score at 3-1 by the time he left. However, the Pirates were able to tie the game in the eighth inning, preventing the starter from picking up what would have been his fourth win.

Pelfrey owns a 3.00 ERA and 22:15 K:BB ratio in 45 innings. He's scheduled to face the Red Sox at home on Tuesday.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey can't get out of the fifth inning on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey had a day to forget on Thursday. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings against the Tigers, as the Twins got hit with a 13-1 defeat.

Pelfrey, who walked two and struck out one, served up a solo home run to Nick Castellanos in the fifth inning and really wasn't able to get into any kind of rhythm, after he allowed three runs in the very first inning. He threw 95 pitches on the afternoon, with 59 going for strikes.

This was a step backwards for Pelfrey, who had given up a combined six earned runs over his last five starts. He still sports a very fine 3.23 ERA as he heads into his next start, which will likely be Wednesday in Pittsburgh. 


Twins starter Mike Pelfrey improves to 3-0 with strong outing on Friday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey (3-0) threw seven strong innings Friday, allowing two runs on six hits to earn the win over the Indians.

Pelfrey ran into trouble in the third inning, giving up a walk, a double and a single to bring two runs home. He felt like his issues might have carried over to the fourth inning, throwing two straight balls to the leadoff batter before stepping off the mound and giving himself a pep talk, MLB.com reports.

"I fell behind 2-0 and I stepped off and kind of yelled at myself," Pelfrey said. "I gave myself a little motivational talk. It was kind of embarrassing. I'm 31 and I felt like I was nibbling for the first three innings, which is pretty embarrassing. But after I got to 2-0 on (Michael) Bourn, I stepped off, and after that I started throwing the ball and we had better results."

Pelfrey rebounded from his previous outing where he lasted just 3 1/3 innings for a no-decision.

"It was another one of those starts we talked about where he started off fairly well and hit a little bit of a hiccup there in the third inning," said manager Paul Molitor, who had said before the game that one of Pelfrey's issues has been losing command early and letting the struggles get to him. "I don't know, it just seems like every start he goes out there he kind of runs into a little bit of a command problem. I think at one point the strike-to-ball ratio was almost 50-50. But he found it again. ... I think he's kind of figuring it out for himself a little bit as he goes, how to go about getting through innings with the stuff that he's using. It was good to see."

Pelfrey's next start is set for Thursday in Detroit.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey pulled in fourth inning vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and two walks in just 3 1/3 innings while striking out one in his team's 13-3 win over the White Sox.

Pelfrey watched his team stake him to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning but couldn't find a way to work out of trouble in the fourth. He opened the inning with a walk, a single and then hit three of the next four batters he faced to bring two runs home and earn an early hook.

Pelfrey owns a 2.63 ERA and 16:11 K:BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Indians Friday in Cleveland.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey remains hot with seven strong innings in win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey (2-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits in seven innings of work Tuesday to record the victory over the Tigers.

Pelfrey struck out seven in the win and has now allowed just two earned runs over his last 19 innings (0.95 ERA).

The right hander missed most of last season with various injuries after signing a two-year contract with the Twins, so he's anxious to have a strong 2015.

"Last year didn't go any way that anybody would like," Pelfrey said. "I wanted to come in and make good on that two-year deal."

Pelfrey's back on the mound Sunday for his next start against the White Sox.


Twins RHP Pelfrey coming through 'crossroads' of career


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The lights-out performance by Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey in Kansas City on Wednesday seemingly came out of nowhere. But not to him. He believes regaining his health after season-ending elbow surgery in 2014 is a key to his success.

The 31-year-old Pelfrey insisted through spring training that he was healthy, but it took the suspension of teammate Ervin Santana to move him from the bullpen into the rotation. The rest is history - Pelfrey has pitched better in every start. He peaked by tossing seven innings of five-hit shutout ball against the hot Royals to lower his ERA to 2.65.

"I think going ino the offsdason, I was at a crossroads at my career," he told MLB.com. "I busted my tail to come back. I wanted to be a starting pitcher. It didn't happen the way I envisioned it, but I'm thankful to get this opportunity and I hope I can run with it."

Pelfrey had not thrown seven innings without allowing an earned run since Aug. 27, 2010. His victory Wednesday broke a stretch of 13 consecutive winless starts.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey strikes out four in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey pitched seven scoreless innings in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Roylas. 

Pelfrey struck out four batters and walked two. He gave up five hits on his 99 pitches. Pelfrey earned his first win of the season and is now 1-0. His ERA is now at 2.65. Pelfrey's next projected start is on April 28 against the Tigers. 

"Mike really picked us up," Twins manager Paul Molitor said, via MLB.com. "A tough loss last night and we've had trouble on the road, even though it's early. He seemed to get a little stronger. We let him ride through seven and he got through it." 


Twins general manager expects pitcher Mike Pelfrey to be better


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey is off to a slow start in 2015 and general manager Terry Ryan said he expects better from his right hander, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"He can do better. We expect him to do better," Ryan said. "I wasn't worried about his pace. I was worried about him putting away hitters."

In two starts this season, Pelrey has allowed five earned runs in 10 innings (4.50 ERA) with four strike outs and five walks.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey allow one run over five innings for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey took a no decision on against the Indians on Friday, allowing one run in five innings of work.

Pelfrey's next start is Wednesday in Kansas City.

Twins' Mike Pelfrey serves up two HRs in loss to White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey surrendered a pair of home runs and was unable to factor into the decision Saturday afternoon against the White Sox.

Pelfrey (0-1)  was unable to preserve an early four-run advantage, serving up homers to Adam LaRoche in the second and Geovany Soto in the fourth. He was charged with four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings of a 5-4 defeat. Of his 81 pitches, 53 were strikes.

Pelfrey, who owns a 7.20 ERA after his first start of the season, will look to get back on track Friday at home against Cleveland. He permitted three runs over 5 1/3 innings of work last season against the Indians.


Santana suspended for PEDs; Pelfrey joins rotation, Thompson recalled


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Friday. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Santana's suspension comes a day after Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games for also testing positive for Stanozolol. 

The 32-year-old Santana is in his first year with the Twins after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in the offseason. He also has a $14 million team option for a fifth year.

Mike Pelfrey, who lost out on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, will avoid a bullpen assignment and take Santana's spot in the rotation. Reliever Aaron Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santana's roster spot.

"I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug," Santana said in a statement. "I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has ben and never will."


Twins bullpen set after Caleb Thielbar sent down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Twins have optioned left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar down to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

With Thielbar heading down to the minors to start the season, Minnesota's seven-man bullpen will include Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, JR Graham, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey and Tim Stauffer.


Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey makes first appearance out of the bullpen


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey threw one scoreless inning Sunday, sending the Orioles down in order. Pelfrey, who made his frustrations about the transition known, settled down a bit and felt somewhat comfortable in the appearance, reports MLB.com.

"It was good," Pelfrey said. "At the end of the day, I have a lot of respect for him. I got a lot of things off my chest, and he got a lot off his. So it was a very good discussion. Obviously, my emotions probably got the best of me yesterday. So I told him I'm going to be professional and go to the 'pen and give it everything I have."

He has made just four appearances out of the bullpen in his career compared to 183 starts.

"I wanted to see how fast I could do it, and it was surprising to me I only needed those 10-12 pitches," Pelfrey said. "So that was pretty good. I think the hardest part was playing catch before the game and then waiting around and doing it again."


Mike Pelfrey would welcome a trade from Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) One day after being demoted to the bullpen, Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey said he would welcome a trade. 

Pelfrey didn't quite make a trade demand, but he told the Pioneer Press, "Obviously if some team realizes I'm healthy for the first time in years, and this is probably the best I've felt and thinks I can help them, let's do it. I think I showed them that I could start. If it happens, great. Let's go."

Twins GM Terry Ryan said neither Pelfrey nor agent Scott Boras has requested a trade from the team, per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press


Frustrated Pelfrey loses rotation battle, demoted to Twins' bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey was unable to crack the starting rotation, and was demoted to the bullpen for the first time in his career, according to the Pioneer Press on Saturday.

Pelfrey told reporters he was frustrated because he doesn't believe he was outpitched this spring. The 6-foot-5 right-hander registered a 1.32 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 7:2 K:BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play.

He lost the spot to Tommy Milone, who posted a 4.50 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and an 8:4 K:BB ratio over 14 innings.

Pelfrey revealed that he confronted the coaching staff and asked if the competition for the fifth rotation spot was actually open and was told him "yes," though he disagrees. According to the Pioneer Press, Pelfrey said he has not been given an indication that a trade is in the works and added that he would not approve an option to Triple-A.

"That won't happen," Pelfrey said.