Today, the Mets announced the worst-case scenario for Mike Pelfrey: Tommy John Surgery. Pelfrey was placed on the DL a few days ago, with him and the Mets noting slight pain in his right elbow. Then, it was revealed that he has a partial tear in a ligament in his shoulder, which now requires Tommy John Surgery.
The recovery time for the surgery is usually about 12 months. This may mean that Mike has made his last start in a Mets uniform.
The Mets have been looking to get rid of Pelfrey for a while, and considered cutting him in Spring Training. It seemed likely before that he would be traded sometime near the deadline, but now with the injury, the Mets have another excuse to just let him go after this season. I don’t think there is much reason to keep Pelfrey next year. He will miss probably the first month of next year, at minimum. What’s the use of going through so much trouble for a guy who wasn’t even that great for the Mets?
Which brings me to another topic.
This injury scenario has raised a big question in my mind: Were we fair to Mike Pelfrey?
Mike was drafter 9th overall by the Mets in the 2005 draft out of Witchita State. At over six and a half feet tall with a few decent pitches, he rose to the top of many prospect rankings. Before the 2007 season, he was ranked the 20th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, so he came with some pretty high expectations.
By no means did Mike live up to his full potential, but he certainly wasn’t a failure like everyone made him out to be. If you look at the big picture, a guy like Wade Townsend, the pitcher picked one spot in front of Pelfrey, never even made it to a big league club and retired from baseball in 2010. Pitching prospects are the toughest to project and if you get one that even makes it to the majors and has marginal success, a GM is happy. That’s exactly what Mike Pelfrey did. He ate innings, just maybe not in the most eloquent of ways.
What really hurt Pelfrey in the long run was the city of New York. The criticism he received here he may not have received if he had pitched in a place like Kansas City, Tampa, or Minnesota.
I hope, for Mike’s sake, that he can get out of town for good and attempt to find a place where he can freely lick his fingers without riots erupting in the streets.
Was Mike Pelfrey treated fairly in New York? Let me know…