Mike Pelfrey, a 12-year major league starter for four different teams, is retiring to coach at Newman University.
Newman University is located in Wichita, Kansas, where Pelfrey rose to prominence as an electric pitcher for the Wichita State Shockers. Pelfrey’s collegiate success led to a first sound selection by the Mets in the 2005 MLB Draft.
While Pelfrey begins his coaching career at the Division-II school, he will also be back on the campus of Wichita State to finish his degree.
After serving in a mentor role with the White Sox last season during his final major league stint, Pelfrey learned to appreciate the experience of coaching others, and decided to call it a career for his new calling.
Pelfrey is most remembered for his time with the Mets, where he spent his first seven major league seasons. He finished his stint in New York with a 4.36 ERA, and enjoyed his best season in 2010, when he finished 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA and a 3.82 FIP. The right-hander would also make stops in Minnesota and Detroit before finishing up with the White Sox in 2017, where he posted a 5.93 ERA in 21 starts and 34 appearances.