Born on January 14, 1984 in Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, Mike Pelfrey (Michael Alan Pelfrey) has played for the New York Mets for his entire career. Pelfrey broke into the bigs on July 8, 2006 with the New York Mets.
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Pelfrey has a tremendous fastball that has sink and works in the 92-97 range, and maintains its velocity—Pelfrey had been clocked at 96 in the late innings of complete game during the 2005 season in which he threw 100+ pitches when pitching for Wichita State.
His control with his fastball is above-average and has been said to have near-flawless mechanics. Former Mets scouting director Russ Bove one said that Pelfrey is "one of the few guys in the aluminum-bat era who gets people out with his fastball. Ben Sheets is another guy who could do that."
Pelfrey's repertoire also contains a changeup and a curveball. Both are in development; his changeup is further along than his curveball to becoming a plus pitch and could end up being the key for him. His timetable to reach the majors is almost directly a function of the quickness with which he can develop a second (and third) pitch.
- Selected by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 15th round of the free-agent draft - did not sign (June 4, 2002).
- Selected by New York Mets in the 1st round (9th pick overall) of the free-agent draft (June 7, 2005 - signed January 10, 2006).