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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: 7 | Salary: $2,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 62/43 | Average Draft Position: 197.43
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Rangers closer Neftali Feliz picks up wild win


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) The Rangers used closer Neftali Feliz for two innings to help lock down a 5-4, 11-inning victory Sunday, with Feliz picking up his first victory of the season. 

Feliz threw 38 pitches in one of his longer outings of the year, and though he struck out four batters, he did allow a run in the 11th inning. He was able to get out of a bases-loaded jam, however, to preserve the win. 

"It was a tough situation, it wasn't how we drew it up," manager Jeff Banister said to MLB.com. "But he hadn't been in a game for a few days. He was well-rested. It's not ultimately how you'd like to do it."


Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz blows saves, tagged with loss Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Rangers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz last 1 1/3 innings Sunday and blew a save opportunity in Texas' 11-10 loss to the Mariners. 

Feliz came on in relief in the eighth and allowed a run, charged to Keone Kela to make it 10-9 before finishing off the inning. Then in the ninth, Feliz put two men on when Austin Jackson singled to right field, scoring Brad Miller from second, giving him his first blown save of the year.

Things got worse from there. Feliz then intentionally walked Robinson Cano to load the bases for Nelson Cruz, who singled to left field to end the game.

"I was just trying to keep the ball low," Feliz said to MLB.com. "He's a good hitter. That ball was low. He made good contact."

Feliz, now 0-1, boasts a 6.00 ERA in six innings of work this season.


Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz throws perfect ninth for second save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz (S, 2) collected his second save of the season on Friday by throwing a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners.

Rangers' Jeff Banister concerned with bullpen arms for upcoming week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Rangers manager Jeff Banister is going to "re-assess" the bullpen Monday after three pitchers: Neftali Feliz, Phil Klein and Shawn Tolleson appeared in every game during the team's weekend series against the Astros, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Banister doesn't want to throw any of his relievers on four straight days, but both Feliz and Tolleson did not rule out being available to pitch.

"Been a long time since I've done that," Feliz said. "But it felt good."

Feliz has thrown 3 2/3 innings this season with a 4.91 ERA and four strikeouts.

"I didn't feel fatigued at all," said Tolleson.

Tolleson still has a perfect 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts and zero walks in four innings of work.


Rangers' Neftali Feliz pitches scoreless ninth in non-save situation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rangers' closer Neftali Feliz pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a 6-2 win over Houston, despite it not being a save situation. 

Feliz allowed a hit and a walk, striking out one batter. 

Feliz threw 18 pitches, 10 for strikes, and lowered his ERA to 6.75.


Rangers P Neftali Feliz gives up two runs in loss to Astros


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz surrendered two runs in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Astros. Feliz allowed two earned runs on two hits during two-thirds of an inning. 

In the ninth, Feliz gave up a two-run home run to Colby Rasmus. 


Rangers' Neftali Feliz Ks one, closes out A's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rangers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz struck out one and needed 11 pitches to close out the Athletics for his first save of the season on Tuesday. Feliz struck out one and did not surrender a run in his first inning pitched of the season in a 3-1 victory. 

Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz feeling strong as season approaches


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Rangers relief pitcher Neftali Feliz hasn't had the most stellar of spring trainings this season. Feliz has posted a 3.86 ERA in seven appearances this spring allowing three runs with five strikeouts. Manager Jeff Banister has talked with Feliz about his last few outings and thinks he's on track, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"He says he feels good and is right here he needs to be," Banister said. "Closers are different cats. Some of that get all hopped up on and are boiling all the time and some have ice water in their veins. I haven't seen him yet in a real high octane situation yet to get a feel."


Tolleson, Feliz, Scheppers likely to make Rangers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) The Rangers are likely to put Shawn Tolleson, Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers in the bullpen this season, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Manager Jeff Banister implied that all three players would make the team out of camp. That's not necessarily a surprise for Tolleson, who led the team in relief appearances last year, but both Feliz and Scheppers had been mentioned as fringe candidates thus far. 


Rangers' Neftali Feliz targeting 40-50 save chances


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz said he is "100 percent" the team's closer, and that he expects to save between 40 and 50 games this season, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Feliz began 2014 in the minors and didn't join the bullpen until early July. He assumed the team's role as the closer after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit in late July. Feliz registered a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings and 13 saves in 30 appearances.


Rangers closer Neftali Feliz settles for $4.125M to avoid arbitration


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Rangers announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with closer Neftali Feliz. It is a one-year deal for $4.125 million, according to multiple reports.

Feliz had an interesting campaign in 2014. He began the season in the minors and didn't join the Rangers' bullpen until early July. He eventually returned to the closer's role after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit in late July. He finished the season 2-1 with a 1.99 ERA and 13 saves in 30 appearances.


Rangers' Neftali Feliz working with personal trainer in offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) Rangers closer Neftali Feliz said he hired a personal trainer to help him with offseason workouts, according to MLB.com.

"He helps me on what I need to work on in a very different conditioning program," Feliz said through Rangers broadcaster/translator Eleno Ornelas.

Feliz had an interesting campaign in 2014. He began the season in the minors and didn't join the Rangers' bullpen until early July. He eventually returned to the closer's role after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit in late July.

Feliz is hoping his fastball velocity increases the more he works with a personal trainer and the farther away he gets from Tommy John surgery, which he had in Aug. 2012.

"The surgery is in the very far past for me," Feliz said. "Thank God. I'm working harder, because as I told you, my trainer helps me. We started right after the day the season was over. I feel great and healthy.

"With the experience, I am more confident. Coming back from surgery, it takes a lot of things to work with, especially your confidence, trusting your elbow is OK and getting stronger. That I did and finally I feel great."


Rangers tender Neftali Feliz, Mitch Moreland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Rangers tendered right-hander Neftali Feliz and infielder/outfielder Mitch Moreland prior to Tuesday's non-tender deadline, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Feliz registered a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. Moreland's 2014 campaign was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats.


Report: Rangers to offer contracts to Moreland, Ogando, Feliz


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2014) The Rangers are expected to offer contracts to Neftali Feliz, Alexi Ogando and Mitch Moreland, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Ogando missed the second half of the season due to elbow issues, but was cleared for action recently. Despite that, he will not pitch in winter ball. Ogando is entering his second year of arbitration.

Moreland's season was cut short by an ankle injury. He hit just .246/.297/.347 in 167 at-bats. 

Feliz is the least surprising name on the list. The 26-year-old came back from arm issues, and managed to post a 1.99 ERA over 31 2/3 innings. 


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 | Senior Analyst
(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 | Senior Analyst
(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."