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Mike Pelfrey named Pitching Coach at Wichita State

January 07, 2019 - 2:08 pm

Former Wichita State University standout pitcher Mike Pelfrey has been named the program's new pitching coach, head coach Todd Butler announced Monday.

Pelfrey, who is a member of the Pizza Hut Shocker Sports Hall of Fame and was an All-American for Wichita State, joins the Shockers after spending the previous two seasons as the pitching coach for the Newman University Jets.
"Today is a great day to be a Shocker with the addition of Mike Pelfrey as our new pitching coach," Butler said. "Mike is one of the greats in the rich history of Wichita State baseball, and I know he will bring his vast experience from being a Shocker, first-round draft pick and 12-year major leaguer to our pitching staff. I am so excited to have Coach Pelfrey back in the Shocker dugout."
During his career with WSU from 2003-05, Pelfrey went an impressive 33-7 on the mound and compiled a 2.18 ERA, which still ranks second in program history. He also finished second in career strikeouts with 366.
In 2005, Pelfrey was named a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, American Baseball Coaches Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after going 12-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 143 strikeouts.
A three-time first-team All-MVC honoree, he was also the Valley's 2004 and 2005 Pitcher of the Year after 2003 Freshman of the Year honors. He was also a three-time ABCA all-region selection and was named to the Valley's 2007 All-Centennial team.
"I am extremely blessed to once again be a part of WSU baseball," Pelfrey said. "It has always been a dream of mine to return to WSU after retirement from playing and give back to the program that has given so much to me. I'm extremely grateful that Todd Butler and WSU have given me this opportunity."
Pelfrey was drafted ninth overall by the New York Mets during the first round of the 2005 MLB Draft, and went on to pitch in the majors for 12 years with the Mets (seven seasons), Minnesota Twins (three seasons), Detroit Tigers (one season) and Chicago White Sox (one season). In total, he appeared in 275 major league contests.
From 2008-11 with New York, he started at least 31 games each season, tallying 45 wins, 435 strikeouts and only 263 walks in 782 2/3 innings.
He and his wife, Angela, have a son, Chase, and two daughters, Avery and Madison.

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