Tuesday, August 18, 2009

First to Third: The Neftali Express Hits Texas

Have you ever heard of Neftali Feliz? You should have. Aside from being a key piece of the trade that sent Mark Teixeira from the Rangers to the Braves (along with Elvis Andrus, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, et al), Feliz is one of the top pitching prospects in the majors.

The 21-year old Feliz was recently called up to bolster the Ranger bullpen as the team heads toward a showdown with the Red Sox for the AL Wild Card. Seen long-term as a starter, Feliz is following the Joba Chamberlain/David Price plan and getting his feet wet in the 'pen. His fastball has been clocked in the triple digits and he has 16 strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched. Even more impressive, he's only allowed two hits (although one was a home run) and hasn't walked anyone, despite a history of erratic control.

A quick check on Yahoo! indicates he's only starting in 15% of leagues. Especially if you are playing in a keeper league, check to see if Feliz is available to help your team in the stretch run and beyond.

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Zitlife said...

The guy requires too careful handling. If you have to handle someone carefully, it might as well be Feliz.