Mike Pelfrey has announced his retirement.
Pelfrey was a first round pick of the Mets in the 2005 draft out of Wichita State. He grew up in Wichita and is leaving baseball to take a job coaching with Newman University which is, you guessed it, in Wichita. Turns out you can go home again.
He was a 12-year veteran who spent most of his time in Queens but also did tours with the Twins, Tigers and White Sox. He had a career record of 68-103 and an ERA of 4.68 in 275 games, primarily as a starter. His best seasons came in 2008 and 2010 when he won 13 and 15 games, respectively, and posted ERA+ of 113 and 107, respectively.
Was he a great pitcher? Nah, the numbers say he was not. Pelfrey, did, however, have a four year stretch with the Mets in which he averaged 196 innings a year of near-average pitching. That’s not what people envision from a first round pick, obviously, but eating innings is worth something too.
Good luck with your future endeavors, Mr. Pelfrey.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.