Mets take Wichita State's Pelfrey with No. 1 pick

NEW YORK – For the second straight year, the New York Mets selected a top college pitcher with their first-round pick, taking Mike Pelfrey from Wichita State University.

Pelfrey, 21, was taken ninth overall in Tuesday's MLB draft by the Mets. A 6-foot-7 righthander who was named as a first team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Pelfrey is a starter who features a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, a power curveball and a change-up. He is represented by the Scott Boras agency.

Pelfrey made 19 starts for the Shockers this season as a junior, going 12-3 with a 1.93 ERA and tossing seven complete games, including two shutouts. In 139.2 innings, Pelfrey allowed 35 runs (30 earned) and 96 hits, walking 30 and striking out 143.

A native of Wichita, Kan. who attended Heights High School, lettering four years in baseball and one year in basketball, Pelfrey was named a first-team Freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball in 2003 after he went 10-2 with a 2.49 ERA, striking out 98 in 104-2/3 innings.

Pelfrey made 16 starts in 2004 as a sophomore for the Shockers, going 11-2 with a 2.18 ERA and earning second team All-American honors from Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Sports Weekly and the American Baseball Coaches Association.

POWER PITCHER: Mike Pelfrey's 366 collegiate strikeouts rank second in Wichita State school history. (AP Photo/Neemah Aaron)
Additionally, Pelfrey was named first team All-Midwest region for the season, in which he finished 20th nationally in ERA and participated in the Team USA trials.

With his 143 strikeouts this season, Pelfrey moved into second place on Wichita State's all-time strikeout list with 366 in his collegiate career. He is just five shy of the school's all-time record for strikeouts.

The Mets passed on St. John's closer Craig Hansen, a Long Island product who was scouted on three separate occasions by GM Omar Minaya, and high school outfielders Jay Bruce and Cameron Maybin, who were rumored to have the Mets' eye.

Hansen went 26th overall to the Boston Red Sox, Maybin was selected 10th overall by the Detroit Tigers and Bruce went 12th overall to the Cincinnati Reds.

The Mets did not have selections in the second and third rounds of the draft. Those picks went to the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros, respectively, as compensation for signing free agents Pedro Martinez and Carlos Beltran.

New York returned to action in the fourth round, selecting 18-year-old second baseman Hector Pellot from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy with the 119th pick overall.

In the 2004 MLB draft, the Mets selected Philip Humber from Rice University with their first-round pick (third overall). Humber is currently pitching at Class-A St. Lucie of the Florida State League.

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