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30 Neftali Feliz RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 5/2/1988 | Birthplace: Azua, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $2,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 35/19 | Average Draft Position: 198.54
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Neftali Feliz picks up his first save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz picked up his first save Friday against the Athletics. 

Feliz entered the game with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. He made things interesting, giving up a single and a walk. Feliz was able to work out of the jam, getting the final two outs without giving out a run.

It was Feliz's first save since 2011. 


Neftali Feliz not an especially exciting pickup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) With Joakim Soria out of town, Neftali Feliz is back closing for the Rangers, which is seemingly great since he used to be a significant Fantasy contributor in the role.

But if you haven't kept tabs on him, this version of Feliz isn't quite the same as that one. This one is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, averaging about 3 mph less on his fastball than that one. This one has also recorded just five strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.

In fairness, they were 10 1/3 effective innings, so maybe questioning Feliz's pitching ability isn't the way to go here. But even if you assume he's as right as rain, he probably won't be as good as Soria was with his 2.70 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings. And pitching for a bad Rangers team, Soria ranked only 33rd among relief pitchers in Head-to-Head points leagues at the time of the trade, behind even non-closer Dellin Betances.

The Rangers may be the team least conducive for saves. Not only do they lose often, but they lose with bad pitching. So on the rare occasion they do win, the score typically isn't so close.

So Feliz may be a closer, but he's a closer with reduced stuff coming off major surgery for a team that won't give him any save opportunities. Sounds like Chad Qualls has met his match.


Neftali Feliz should get chance to pitch on back-to-back days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington said Thursday he isn't certain if newly anointed closer Neftali Feliz can pitch on consecutive days yet. However, Washington feels Feliz will be up to the challenge when the time arises.

"I'm going to give him the ball and tell him to do what he feels he needs to do with it," Washington said, per ESPN. "This is what, Neftali's fifth year? I can't motivate Neftali. That (being the closer again) should motivate him enough. You got a chance to close and that's what it is, a chance."


Neftali Feliz returning to former role as Rangers' closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) The trade of Joakim Soria has created an opening at closer for the Rangers, and the team has decided to return Neftali Feliz to his former role.

The 26-year-old reliever, whose career was derailed in 2012 due to Tommy John surgery, has 74 career saves, including a career-high 40 in 2010.

"We'll give him a shot, he is the only one with experience," Rangers manager Ron Washington said, per MLB.com. "It will show if he can or he can't."


Neftali Feliz returns to Rangers bullpen


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock Friday, one day after pitching coach Mike Maddux told MLB.com he was nearing a return.

Feliz has yet to pitch in the majors this season, but had a 3.14 ERA in 28 2/3 innings as the closer at Round Rock. 


Neftali Feliz potentially nearing big-league return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is getting closer to returning to the major-league club, MLB.com reports.

"It seems like he has been pitching better since he has been in the ninth slot," Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "He is repeating his delivery better, executing better and pitching with his fastball. He is sprinkling in his offspeed stuff as opposed to over-exposing them. His fastball has life to it as opposed to velocity."

Feliz has given up just two hits and a walk while holding the opposition scoreless over his last nine appearances. He's taken over as the closer for Triple-A Round Rock, and he could end up being a factor in the late innings with the Rangers soon if he continues to thrive.


Neftali Feliz candidate for callup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2014) A recent surge at Triple-A Round Rock has right-hander Neftali Feliz being considered for promotion by the Rangers, per the Dallas Morning News.

Feliz, who has recovered from Tommy John surgery and fatigue that followed before this season, has given up just 18 hits in 25 2/3 innings this season while fanning 27. He's pitched shutout ball on one hit in his last six innings pitched.


Neftali Feliz remains too inconsistent for a callup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz remains too inconsistent to be called up, according to ESPN.

Feliz was passed over again for a bullpen spot after Tanner Scheppers went down with an injury. Feliz's velocity and command will show up during one outing, but seem to disappear the next time out. He's attempting to recover after Tommy John surgery. 

Feliz has a 4.58 ERA over 19 2/3 innings in Triple-A.


Neftali Feliz heating up in minors


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz has been brilliant over his last three outings at Triple-A Round Rock, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning four, reports the Dallas Morning News. Thus he has "moved back into the picture for the Rangers," the report said.

His velocity is back into the 92-96 mph range consistently, and he's attacking batters with his fastball. "He’s just changed to a more aggressive approach," Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman told the paper.

Feliz spent a few weeks in late April and early May on the minor-league disabled list with general fatigue and soreness.


Rangers have benchmarks for Neftali Feliz to achieve


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz certainly remains in the team's plans, but there are a few hurdles they would like to see him clear before he is considered for a call up.

Feliz appeared in his second game since coming off the disabled list at Triple-A Round Rock Friday. MLB.com reports the team wants to see him pitch in consecutive games, as well as long a multi-inning outing, to ensure his right arm is as strong as they would like.


Neftali Feliz sparkles in brief outing for Round Rock


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2014) The Rangers will take any good news they can find when it comes to embattled right-hander Neftali Feliz . That good news came in the form of a 14-pitch scoreless outing for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.

"It was very positive," said Round Rock pitching coach Brad Holman, per the Dallas Morning News. "The [velocity] just sat right at 94-96 [mph]. Usually, it takes him a couple of pitches to build up, but he came out throwing there and was there the whole time. And he threw a couple of good sliders and changeups."

Felix spent nearly a month on the minor league disabled list with general fatigue and soreness. Holman added that Feliz appeared to have regained his passion for his craft in his latest performance.


Neftali Feliz set to come off Triple-A DL Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz is expected to be activated off the disabled list Tuesday at Triple-A Round Rock after resting for a few weeks due to general soreness and fatigue, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Neftali Feliz no longer dealing with arm fatigue


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/8/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is getting close to begin throwing live batting practice, general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com on Thursday. Feliz, who is on the minor-league disabled list, is over the general fatigue in his right arm, but remains without a timetable for return.

Neftali Feliz without pain, will throw soon


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is making progress in his recovery from right elbow soreness, and assistant general manager Thad Levine reported to MLB.com Tuesday he is pain free. Levine said Feliz will begin a throwing program soon, though there is no specific timetable at this point. 

Neftali Feliz has no structural damage in elbow


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz has been diagnosed with general soreness and inflammation in his right elbow after undergoing further examination.

Feliz has no structural issues in the ligaments and tendons, but he will be placed on the minor-league disabled list and likely begin a throwing program later this week.


Neftali Feliz leaves Round Rock with soreness, fatigue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) The Rangers are stating that right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz will return "soon" to Triple-A Round Rock despite general soreness and fatigue that have caused him to leave the team, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has reported.

Feliz pitched horribly in spring training to earn a ticket to the minors. He had been competing for the closer job.


Neftali Feliz getting his velocity back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz was reportedly throwing 94 mph to 96 mph in a minor-league game Thursday, according to the Ranger Rundown.

Feliz was sent down early in the spring due to concerns about his velocity during camp. He's still working through rehab from Tommy John surgery, which may have been the reason for his lowered velocity this spring.


Neftali Feliz headed to the minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz will begin the season in the minors, according to MLB.com.

Feliz will continue his rehab from Tommy John surgery while down in the minors. The team recently announced Joakim Soria would open the year as the closer, and Feliz has been dealing with reduced velocity all spring. There's still a chance he plays a major role with the club this season, but it's clear he needs to show a little more before he's called up again.


Joakim Soria nails down closer spot for Rangers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2014) The Rangers have named former Royals standout closer Joakim Soria as the winner of their battle for that role. He had been in competition with Neftali Feliz, who had struggled and is no guarantee for a roster spot.

Soria has not served as a closer since 2011. He peaked with Kansas City from 2008 to 2010 when he converted 115 of 124 save opportunities.

The Rangers are seeking to find the same effectiveness at that spot that Joe Nathan brought. He has since signed with Detroit.


Neftali Feliz still working on velocity vs. Giants


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2014) Rangers closer candidate Neftali Feliz tossed a scoreless ninth inning on Thursday against the Giants, but only topped 94 mph, per the Dallas Morning News.

Manager Ron Washington has expressed some concern over his velocity this spring. He topped 92 mph in his past outing. Six of his nine fastballs on Thursday reached 93 or 94 mph. He has allowed two runs over five innings pitched this spring.

"Once again, it was the same," Washington said. "He's still trying to get the velocity back. The more he throws, the stronger he will get."

Rangers still mulling options at closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington said he hasn't made a decision on who will fill the closer's role, and even suggested he could go with a committee approach, per MLB.com. Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers are all competing for the job.

"We haven't made a decision," Washington said. "You'd always like one guy to do it but if I have to use all three to help shut down a game I'll do it."

Though, it could come down to a two-man race between Feliz and Soria as Scheppers continues to work as a starter.

"Scheppers is getting in shape to be a starter," Washington said. "That's all I've got on my mind with Scheppers. When we make our decisions on who will be starters, we'll make it so that those who are not going to be starters will have time to make adjustments."


Neftali Feliz needs to increase velocity 'sooner than later'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington said Tuesday he would like to see closer candidate Neftali Feliz throw harder, per The Dallas Morning News

Scouts clocked Feliz with a top speed of 92 mph Monday against the Reds. He faced five batters without recording a strikeout and had only one swing-and-miss in 14 pitches. He has just one strikeout in four innings this spring.

Feliz's fastball ranged from 96-98 mph before he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012.

"I’d like to see his velocity get a little better and sustained," Washington said. "It doesn’t have to get up to 99, but I’d like to see his velocity better and sustained."

Washington also hinted Feliz doesn't have the luxury of gradually building up his velocity.

"When you’ve been doing it for eight or nine years at the end of a bullpen, we’ll let you kick it in when you’re ready to kick it in because we know that you will kick it in," Washington said. "This guy hasn’t pitched in two years. I’d like to see it get better sooner than later."


Neftali Feliz looking better Thursday vs. Padres


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) Rangers manager Ron Washington told the Star Telegram that Neftali Feliz looked better in his scoreless appearance on Thursday.

Feliz, who has been dealing with some mechanics issues, pitched one scoreless innings, needing only 16 pitches against the Padres on Thursday.

"The velocity will come," Washington said. "The key is that he throws the ball over the plate, uses his pitches and keeps his arm angle high."


Neftali Feliz having trouble with mechanics


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is having some trouble with his mechanics, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Feliz struggled during an intrasquad game, and his mechanics were "out of whack." He also hasn't been able to regain his velocity yet. Feliz is set to pitch Sunday against the White Sox. He missed most of last season due to his recovery from Tommy John surgery. 


Neftali Feliz roughed up in intrasquad game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz, who is competing for the closer's role, struggled during an intrasquad game Tuesday. Feliz allowed a home run among three hits in his lone inning of work, per FOX Sports Southwest.

"It can be better," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "I thought he threw a couple of decent changeups but the changeup plays off the fastball. We've got to get the fastball up to speed before that changeup before he can get away with a mistake."