|Profile: Grab the ball, lick, think, lick, rub the seams, lick, breathe deeply, lick, look around the infield, lick, sigh, lick, adjust the cap, lick. Twenty-five seconds later -- among the 10 slowest paces in the game -- Pelfrey will finally throw mostly either a decent sinker or an improving low-spin splitter toward the plate. It might be covered in spit, but it won't result in a strikeout, since he had the worst strikeout rate in the game (minimum 100 innings). It might end up in a walk, since he was worse than average there. Put them together, and you've got the worst strikeout-minus-walk rate in the game, and that's a quick and easy way to gauge talent, especially since his ground ball rate is more okay than elite (15th-best). He's 33 now, and there's no upside left in his pitches. So grab, lick, rub, lick, breathe, lick, and sigh. It's all there is to do at this point. (Eno Sarris)|
The Quick Opinion: He'll bore you unless you count the licks, and there's little upside left, even now as he is finally throwing the split-finger more often. Even worse, he's probably a reliever next year once the Twins rotation is healthy, and he just doesn't get the whiffs to close or set up.