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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%: 42/31 | Average Draft Position: 197.45
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Neftali Feliz collects second relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz picked up his second relief win of the season Thursday night against the A's. Feliz issued a walk but needed only 10 pitches to throw a scoreless ninth inning, while Adrian Beltre ended the game in the bottom of the frame with a walkoff home run. He owns a 2.05 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP over 30 2/3 innings of relief.

Neftali Feliz slams door shut on Astros


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless ninth inning for the save Monday night at home against the Astros. Feliz permitted one hit and needed 19 pitches to close out a 4-3 victory. He has converted 12 of 13 save chances, with a 2.12 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP over 29 2/3 innings of relief.

Neftali Feliz back in form


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz's perfect ninth inning Sunday at the Angels really accentuated how far he's come in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Though it was his fourth straight perfect appearance, his three strikeouts were as many as he had in his previous seven appearances combined. Better yet, he had the stuff to back it up, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"I really liked the fastball today," interim manager Tim Bogar said. "He was aggressive with it and has shown the confidence to really let it go. When you go through an arm injury, it takes time to get that confidence back. He's back."

Indeed, according to BrooksBaseball.net, Feliz's average fastball velocity is at 95.6 mph in September, up from 93.7 mph in August and 92.9 mph in July. In 2011, his last year as a full-time reliever, it was at 97.3 mph. On Sunday, it was at 97.0 mph.

Feliz had a short response when asked if the Rangers need to shop for a closer this offseason.

"No. I'm 100 percent," he said.


Neftali Feliz notches 11th save in 12 chances


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth inning, striking out the side, to close out a 2-1 win over the Angels and earn his 11th save in 12 chances. Feliz blew away the Angels on 12 pitches.

He has 20 strikeouts in 28 2/3 innings.


Neftali Feliz earns 10th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz picked up his 10th save Tuesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 6-3 victory over the A's.

Feliz needed just nine pitches to turn in his third straight perfect inning and eight straight scoreless appearance. He's averaged just 10 pitches over his last three outings while allowing no hits or walks. Feliz owns a 2.28 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 17:9 K:BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings.


Neftali Feliz works out of jam for 8th save


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz worked around a hit and a walk to secure his eighth save in Sunday's 1-0 win over the Mariners. With the scoreless ninth inning, Feliz lowered his ERA to 2.55 and converted a save chance for the eighth time in nine tries.

Neftali Feliz records seventh save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz delivered his seventh save Monday, giving up one hit in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Feliz gave up a one-out single, and the runner advanced to second with two outs due to indifference, but the closer stranded him there. Feliz owns a 2.82 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 14:7 K:BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.


Neftali Feliz picks up sixth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz earned his sixth save Sunday, giving up a hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Royals.

Feliz picked up two outs before surrendering a single, but he was able to strand the runner and earn the save after serving up two home runs in his previous appearance. Feliz owns a 2.95 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 14:7 K:BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings.


Neftali Feliz survives two blasts to nail down Wednesday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz performed about as poorly as possible and still snag a save Wednesday in Miami.

Feliz entered with a three-run lead. Two home runs by Marcell Ozuna and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and one walk later, he was on the verge of blowing it. But he struck out Donovan Solano to secure his fifth save.


Neftali Feliz fans both batters he faces in earning save


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz has had his ups and downs since taking over that role upon the trading of Joakim Soria. But he was certainly up Wednesday against the White Sox.

Feliz fanned Dayan Viciedo and Conor Gillaspie in the ninth inning to notch his fourth save.


Rangers concerned about Neftali Feliz's drop in velocity?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz suffered his first blown save Sunday against the Indians since moving into the closer's role following the trade of Joakim Soria to Detroit.

However, more concerning seems to be the fact Feliz failed to break 90 mph on 5 of 17 fastballs Sunday, according to ESPN.

The Rangers have said Feliz is fully recovered from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in 2012. However, he is averaging just 92.9 mph on his four-seam fastball this season, and he used to average 97 mph on his fastball prior to having the elbow surgery, per BrooksBaseball.net. Even in limited appearances at the MLB level in 2013, Feliz was averaging 94.2 mph.

Feliz even had three days of rest before taking the hill Sunday against Cleveland.

"You get rest, it means you should be stronger," manager Ron Washington told Mike Peasley of ESPN 103.3 FM after Sunday’s loss. "I don’t know what’s going on. We’ll find out if something’s wrong."


Neftali Feliz blows save opportunity Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz took a blown save Sunday, giving up two earned runs on two hits and one walk in one inning of work in his team's 4-3, 12-inning loss to the Indians.

Feliz issued a one-out walk and immediately paid for it, with the next batter smacking a game-tying home run. It's the third home run he has surrendered in just 14 1/3 innings of work. Feliz owns a 3.14 ERA and 5:5 K:BB ratio after blowing a save opportunity for the first time this seaso.


Neftali Feliz records third save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz picked up his third save Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-2 win over the Yankees.

Feliz needed just seven pitches to record his three outs, and he's managed to deliver saves in three straight appearances since taking over the closing job last week. He owns a 2.03 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 5:4 K:BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.


Neftali Feliz tosses 1-2-3 inning for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz needed 15 pitches to complete a perfect frame in the ninth to close out a 4-2 win over the Yankees. Feliz converted his first save since 2011 on Friday and now has two on the year. He owns a 2.19 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP over his first 12 1/3 innings of relief.

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.