IP 1476
ERA 4.677
WHIP 1.51
BB/9 3.305
SO/9 5.11
  • Full name Michael Alan Pelfrey
  • Born 01/14/1984 in Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
  • Profile Ht.: 6'7" / Wt.: 240 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Wichita State
  • Debut 07/08/2006
  • Drafted in the 1st round (9th overall) by the New York Mets in 2005 (signed for $3,550,000).
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    Pelfrey and Tennessee's Luke Hochevar have been running neck and neck all spring as the top pitching prospects in college baseball. Pelfrey moved ahead as the draft approached, though where the two would go in the draft remains uncertain because both have Scott Boras as an adviser. Shockers pitching coach Brent Kemnitz says Pelfrey is the best pitching prospect in school history, a rich tradition that includes seven first-rounders, and his 2.03 career ERA is a Wichita State record. Pelfrey suffered from draftitis in 2002, when he entered his high school senior season as a projected first-round pick, but that hasn't been the case this spring. He has blown away hitters consistently with a 92-97 mph fastball that's as notable for its sink as for its velocity. He's adept at getting grounders or strikeouts, depending on the situation. He has refined a straight changeup that will be a plus pitch and keeps lefthanders in check. He also has tightened his curveball and become more consistent with it. Add in a perfect pitcher's frame, good control and a competitive makeup, and the only thing that really bothers scouts about Pelfrey is Boras. Pelfrey could fall to No. 10--where the Tigers have a scouting director who used to coach at Wichita State (David Chadd) and an owner who has signed Boras free agents the last two offseasons (Mike Ilitch)--or perhaps further.

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