Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 4 days ago

Pelfrey threw seven shutout innings in Wednesday's victory over Kansas City to earn his first win since 2013. He had four strikeouts and two walks and lowered his ERA to 2.65.

Pelfrey had been 5-16 with a 5.56 ERA his prior two seasons with the Twins. While he's healthier now than he's ever been with the Twins (he had elbow surgery last season and in 2014 was coming back from Tommy John surgery), there are still some worrisome signs. He has just a 7:8 K:BB ratio in 17 innings in three starts, so proceed with caution on his fantasy value.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 1 week ago

Pelfrey gave up one run over five innings, but got a no-decision in Friday's win over Cleveland. He allowed just three hits but had four walks and two strikeouts.

Pelfrey retired nine of the first 10 hitters he faced, but then walked three in the fourth inning and was bailed out by a play at the plate to prevent more than one run to score. While his second start was better than his first (4 ER) he has an ungly 4:5 K:BB ratio in ten innings.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 3 weeks ago

Pelfrey will move into the stating rotation with Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for testing positive for an anobolic steroid, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

Pelfrey had lost out on the fifth starter role to Tommy Milone, but will now likely get an extended trial in the rotation with Santana out until mid-season.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 1 month ago

Pelfrey lost out on the Twins' fifth starter role and will open the season in the bullpen, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The starting gig ultimately went to Tommy Milone, likely forcing Pelfrey to see spot duty as the long man out of the bullpen. Pelfrey has posted better-than-expected results this spring, but his ghastly numbers over the previous two seasons might have worked against him in the competition.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 1 month ago

Pelfrey may not get another start this spring, which could indicate he's fallen behind Tommy Milone and Trevor May in the battle for the fifth starter role, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He is a candidate to be used in the bullpen if not in the rotation, Twins GM Terry Ryan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Nothing is official but it sounds like Pelfrey is headed to the bullpen and will work in long relief. The Twins had previously said he wasn't a candidate for the bullpen since it takes him time to get loose. He's had a strong spring with a 1.32 ERA and 7:2 K:BB ratio in 13.2 innings.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 1 month ago

Pelfrey gave up two runs (one earned) and seven hits over 4.2 innings in Monday's spring training loss to the Phillies. He has a 1.32 ERA this spring and remains in the fifth starter battle with Tommy Milone and Trevor May, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It may have been Pelfrey's worst outing of the spring, but the battle between the three starters is too close to call. Pelfrey may have an advantage in that he's not seen as a candidate for the bullpen, while Milone could move to relief. Milone could have an edge as he'd give the Twins a lefty in the rotation.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 1 month ago

Tommy Milone and Pelfrey have emerged as the top candidates for Minnesota's fifth starter job, MLB.com reports.

Alex Meyer was sent to minor league camp Friday and Tim Stauffer was sent to the bullpen. Trevor May is also in the mix, but he's seen behind since he could be optioned to the minors. Pelfrey is in the final year of a two-year, $11 million contract which could work in his favor. Pelfrey has give up just one run in nine innings this spring. Pelfrey struggled last season with a 7.99 ERA and just a 10:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings before he was shut down with a sore elbow that eventually required surgery. Even if he wins the job, his meager strikeout rate (career 5.2 K/9) would appear to limit his upside.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 1 month ago

Pelfrey gave up one run over four innings with three strikeouts and no walks in Wednesday's split squad win over Boston. He's given up just one earned run in nine innings this spring with a 5:0 K:BB ratio.

Pelfrey remains in the job battle for the fifth starter role and his strong showing in three spring starts may have him in the lead. Still, the race is a toss up between Pelfrey, Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone and Trevor May.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 2 months ago

Pelfrey is unlikely to be a candidate for the bullpen if he doesn't win the fifth starter role, manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Mike traditionally has been a guy that takes some time to get ready, and it'd be a big transition for him to get up and throw 12 pitches and come into the ballgame," Molitor said.

Pelfrey struggled last season with a 7.99 ERA and just a 10:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings before he was shut down with a sore elbow that eventually required surgery to relieve pressure on his ulnar nerve. He's a long shot to win the fifth starter role over Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone, Trevor May, and Tim Stauffer. Pelfrey may need to pitch in the minors to revive his career as a result.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 2 months ago

Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery in May, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Pelfrey was reportedly pleased with how the session went, saying he felt great and that he was able to locate his pitches. Although the right-hander didn't return after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure near the ulnar nerve in his elbow, he was able to resume mound work in September and entered spring training without any major restrictions. Pelfrey is competing for a rotation spot but could also be a bullpen option if he fails to earn a starting job.