As expected, the Detroit Tigers have signed another starter for the back end of their rotation by giving right handed Mike Pelfrey a 2-year deal, reported a total of $16mm. The deal is pending a physical.
Pelfrey is entering his age 32 season had pitched for the Minnesota Twins the last 3 seasons after leaving the New York Mets where he pitched 7 seasons starting out at the age of 22 in 2006.
Last year, Pelfrey was 6-11 with a 4.26 ERA in 30 starts for the Twins. He threw 164.2 innings, struck out just 86, and only walked 45. Pelfrey has never been a big strike out guy, as he’s average just 5.1 per 9 innings over his career, and walks about 3.2 per 9. His WHIP is back of the rotation material with a career 1.482, so he’ll be near the top of the league in hits allowed.
Looking at Mike’s splits, he had a .304 batting average against in 2015 with lefties hitting him slightly better. What concerns me most are the home/away split, where Minnesota is a large ballpark that is very tough to hit in vs. the smaller parks on the road. Home stats look solid, where he had a 2.61 ERA, 1.149 WHIP, .248 average against, .282 batting average on balls in play (BAbip)and gave up just 3 homers. On the road, Pelfrey is a different pitcher, as his ERA jumps to 5.93, with a .353 average against, 1.805 WHIP, .381 BAbip, and gave up 8 homers (pitched 4 more games on the road.
It feels like Detroit overpaid for Pelfrey’s services, given he was making about $5.5 a year his last two years in Minnesota and didn’t show much, other that the ability to go out and make 30 starts last season. Definitely going to take a while to warm up to this singing if ever…