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30 Neftali Feliz SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 5/2/1988 | Birthplace: Azua, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Texas | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $2,900,000 | Owned/Started%: 21/1 | Average Draft Position: 198.71
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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."


Neftali Feliz able to get through batting practice Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz was able to get through a short batting practice session Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Feliz had a batting practice session pushed back due to some shoulder soreness earlier in the week, but appears to have worked past the issue. Feliz will be monitored closely after he was limited to just 4 2/3 innings last season while recovering from Tommy John. He believes he can open the season as the team's closer.


Neftali Feliz has BP session pushed to Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz had his scheduled live batting practice session pushed back from Wednesday to Friday, according to MLB.com on Thursday. The Rangers were concerned his mechanics were causing some soreness in the shoulder.

Neftali Feliz feels he can throw harder than 98 mph


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2014) Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz, who will be competing for the closer's role this spring, said he hit 97-98 mph on the radar gun during winter ball, according to FOX Sports Southwest. Feliz still thinks he hasn't topped out on velocity.

Neftali Feliz says his arm is 'perfect'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz said his arm is "perfect," according to the Star-Telegram.

Feliz has been pitching in winter ball, and has been quite happy with his performance. "My arm is perfect," Feliz said. "When I threw in winter ball, my command was perfect." He added that he's trying to prepare to be the closer, and wants to take the team to the postseason next year. Feliz was limited after recovering from Tommy John surgery last season. He pitched just 4 2/3 innings in the majors last year. 


Neftali Feliz avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz has avoided arbitration with the club.

Feliz is set to make $3 million next season. He'll also earn bonuses if he finishes games. Feliz only pitched 4 2/3 innings in the majors last season after recovering from surgery.


Neftali Feliz determined to regain closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is determined to regain the role as closer now that Joe Nathan left in free agency for Detroit, according to MLB.com.

"It is very important for me," Feliz said from the Dominican Republic through interpreter and Rangers broadcaster Eleno Ornelas. "I have been a closer already. Nobody will take it away from me ... because I want to go back to a World Series and win it. I think this is our year to do it."

The Rangers have been non-commital about naming a closer before spring training begins. Though, if Feliz showcases the same abilities he had in the closer's role prior to being moved to the rotation and undergoing Tommy John surgery, then he might run away with the job.

"Well, I can't answer that question right now because we haven't told Feliz he got the job as the closer," manager Ron Washington said. "So the only thing we're concerned about is he makes it through winter ball healthy. If his arm makes it through winter ball healthy, we'll deal with that in spring training."

Feliz appears to have made it through winter ball unscathed, posting a 2.79 ERA and striking out 11 in 9 2/3 innings for Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League.

"Thank God, I feel 100 percent after the surgery, finally," Feliz said. "I feel like me again."


Neftali Feliz impresses in winter ball


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/23/2013) Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told the Dallas Morning News that he has received positive reports on reliever Neftali Feliz from the Dominican Winter League. Feliz made 10 appearances with Toros del Este and posted a 2.79 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 9 2/3 innings.

Feliz is one of several candidates under consideration to inherit the closer's job from Joe Nathan, who departed via free agency and signed with the Tigers.


Neftali Feliz making case to close again


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(12/2/2013) Baseball analyst Peter Gammons reported on his DailyGammons.com site that Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz is 95 percent recovered from Tommy John surgery and could regain the closer's role he held in 2010 and 2011.

Feliz is currently pitching in the Dominican Winter League and has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit with no walks. He also has six strikeouts to date.


Rangers activate Neftali Feliz


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Rangers have activated pitcher Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list, MLB.com reports.

Feliz has spent the year rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He has thrown 10 2/3 shutout rehab innings, with 13 strikeouts against four walks and five hits. Look for him to work some important innings out of the Rangers bullpen.


Neftali Feliz to have longest rehab outing


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, will pitch two or three innings Wednesday for Triple-A Round Rock, MLB.com reports. It will be his longest outing on his rehab assignment. 

The Rangers are not stretching Feliz out to start, however. He will return in the bullpen. 

"Instead of using him in back-to-back games, we're letting him throw multiple innings," manager Ron Washington said. "We're just trying to get his arm strength going. He's not going to be a two-inning pitcher when he comes up here."


Neftali Feliz pitching next Wednesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz, who is rehabbing his elbow and triceps injuries, is scheduled to make his next appearance for Triple-A Round Rock Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Feliz is on track to return to the Texas bullpen in September. 

Neftali Feliz throws scoreless rehab inning


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz appeared in a rehab game with Triple-A Round Rock Monday. He pitched an inning and did not allow a run in the 20-2 win over Nashville, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. 

Feliz, who is returning from Tommy John surgery and triceps tendinitis, threw 17 pitches and 10 for strikes. He struck out two and pitched the seventh.

Neftali Feliz picking up rehab assignment Saturday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2013) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz (elbow) will pitch an inning for Triple-A Round Rock Saturday, FOX Sports reports. 

Feliz threw a bullpen session Thursday and felt no discomfort. Feliz does not yet have a timetable to return to the Rangers. 


Neftali Feliz could resume rehab soon


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz (elbow) felt no discomfort after Thursday's bullpen session, according to MLB.com. Feliz is expected to resume a minor-league rehab assignment in the next few days. The Rangers have not announced a date or location for his next rehab start.

Neftali Feliz to throw in bullpen Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz (elbow) will throw in the bullpen Wednesday, according to FOX Sports Southwest. The Rangers still expect Feliz to contribute this season, but no set timeline for his activation is in place.

Neftali Feliz suffers rehab setback


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Rangers rehabbing pitcher Neftali Feliz had been scheduled to pitch Saturday with Triple A Round Rock, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Feliz was scratched from the outing due to mild triceps tendinitis. 

The Rangers said Feliz getting scratched was just a precautionary move. It is not considered serious at this time. 

Feliz should throw off flat ground Sunday and will be re-evaluated following that. He's in the process of returning from Tommy John surgery.