Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:06:00 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz struck out the side on 16 pitches in his first outing with Triple-A Round Rock Thursday, April 3, and he hit 96 mph on the radar gun, according to team officials. Feliz was averaging 91-92 mph with his fastball during spring training. He got two of his three strikeouts on swings and misses.
Fantasy Tip: The high velocity is music to the Rangers ears, but Feliz will have to show that he can sustain that before the club thinks about bringing him back to the majors. At some point, though, we expect Feliz back and pitching important innings out of Texas' bullpen. When that'll be, however, is unclear.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 08:24:03 -0700
The Texas Rangers are hoping RP Neftali Feliz will build his arm strength in the minor leagues. In camp, opponents were hitting .310 against him, and his fastball was around 91 mph with no movement.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:26:25 -0700
The Texas Rangers optioned RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) to minor league camp Tuesday, March 25, so that he can continue his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Also, the team re-assigned RPs Aaron Poreda and Rafael Perez to the minors.
Fantasy Tip: Those who assumed Feliz would fall back into the closer role immediately to start the season turned out to be wrong. Joakim Soria will open as Texas' closer. Feliz's velocity just wasn't what they were hoping for, so they'll let him iron out those kinks in the minors. He won't automatically get the ninth-inning gig back once he's back to peak form, though, unless Soria struggles mightily before then. You can safely drop Feliz in mixed leagues.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:24:05 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said RP Neftali Feliz, who lost the competition for the closer's job to RP Joakim Soria, is not guaranteed to make the 25-man roster. He has posted a 4.50 ERA this spring and opponents are batting .308 against him. Feliz is not under consideration for a spot in the starting rotation and is battling for one of the three remaining spots in the bullpen.
Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:54:48 -0700
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that RP Joakim Soria will be the team's closer.
Fantasy Tip: Tanner Scheppers and Neftali Feliz were among the other candidates for the job, but Scheppers was named as the team's No. 3 starter Saturday, while Feliz will continue to battle for one of the final three spots in the bullpen. Soria should be picked up in all leagues if he's available, while RP Alexi Ogando is likely to earn saves on days when Soria is unavailable to close. Feliz can be dropped for now, until his velocity returns and he proves that he can regain his old form.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:37:13 -0700
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning to close out the game Monday, March 10, but he made it interesting. His ERA is at 4.50 and opponents are hitting .333 off him, and he has yet to reclaim the closer's role. Manager Ron Washington continues to stress that the ninth-inning job is up for grabs, and the team could commit to a committee, if necessary. RPs Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers are also competing for the job. Scheppers is also competing for a spot in the rotation.
"He's worked out his mechanics but we'd like to see his velocity get better," Washington said. "It doesn't have to be 98-99 but we'd like to see it get better and sustain it. His mechanics are better and he's using all his pitches. I believe his velocity will spike. He is a power pitcher, not a finesse pitcher." Feliz hit 94 mph twice Monday. Both Feliz and Soria are coming back from Tommy John surgery, but Soria is further along than Feliz.
Fantasy Tip: With Scheppers trying for a rotation gig, a committee approach with Feliz and Soria is very possible. Both closers should be owned, even in deep mixed leagues. Feliz remains the favorite, but Texas probably wouldn't mind to take a load off his shoulders, at least until his velocity gets to where they want it.
Sat, 08 Mar 2014 21:35:36 -0800
Texas Rangers SP Neftali Feliz (biceps) worked a scoreless inning in a Cactus League spring appearance Saturday, March 8, allowing a hit and a walk. His velocity continues to improve, and he was mostly around 91-93 mph, with two fastballs clocked at 95 mph.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:01:21 -0800
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team's closer competition remains wide open between RPs Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers. Soria retired all three batters he faced in 10 pitches Thursday, March 6, and Feliz retired all three hitters he faced on 16 pitches. Feliz's fastball touched 93 mph and his changeup hit 85 mph. "I wish all of sudden he could come into spring training and all of a sudden you see 95 (mph) or 97 but he'll work his way to that if it's still in him," Washington said. "But right now, I just want him to stay healthy and if he stays healthy, he'll be where he needs to be."
Fantasy Tip: Remember, Feliz is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so it's a work in progress with his velocity and command. However, all reports so far have been positive. Unless he suffers a setback, we expect him to open the season as the closer.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:23:48 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz was clocked at 90-92 mph in his spring debut Sunday, March 2, but Feliz said he isn't concerned. He said he is still building arm strength and has been working to get on top of the ball more in his delivery. This adjustment is meant to help Feliz avoid another injury. He'll throw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 4, and appear in another game Thursday, March 6.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 01:11:07 -0800
Although Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz and RP Joakim Soria are competing for the closer job in spring camp, Feliz has not looked impressive so far. Sources have indicated his mechanics are still kind of out of whack and he is not getting his arm extended enough to max out the velocity.
Fantasy Tip: It is too soon to give up on Feliz, but you may want to push him down your draft board for now unless he figures out a way to fix those mechanics.