Neftali Feliz RP TEX 2 weeks ago

Feliz recorded his first save of the season Tuesday in a win against the Athletics, striking out one batter and only needing 11 pitches.

Feliz is the clear-cut closer for the Rangers for now, but it will be important to monitor his performance going forward. The right-hander had some well-documented velocity issues last year and had played a combined 44 games in his previous three seasons.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 4 weeks ago

Feliz reached 95 mph in his appearance Sunday and has yet to allow a run in four appearances this spring, the team's web site reports.

Feliz doesn't have the flashy peripherals he did five years ago, but the increased velocity this spring from what he showed last September does bode well for a nice bounce-back season.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 3 months ago

Feliz and the Rangers agreed to a one-year, $4.125 million contract to avoid arbitration, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Feliz figures to open 2015 as the Rangers' closer, but while he posted an 1.99 ERA over 31.2 innings last year, he managed a strikeout rate of just 17.2 percent. His velocity was way down from its 2010 peak, so it would be wise to keep an eye on spring training reports.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 7 months ago

Feliz was unavailable out of the bullpen Tuesday, and Neal Cotts logged the save for the Rangers against the Astros.

Feliz threw 31 pitches over the previous two days, so the Rangers gave him the night off, but he should available for the next Rangers save that presents itself.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 7 months ago

Feliz secured his 10th save of the year after throwing a perfect ninth inning Tuesday against the A's.

Feliz has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances, while allowing just six hits in his last 7.1 innings. He now has a solid 2.28 ERA and 0.98 WHIP, but just a mediocre 17:9 K:BB in 27.2 innings this year.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 7 months ago

Feliz turned in a perfect ninth inning to record his ninth save in the Rangers' 2-1 win over Atlanta on Friday night.

He needed just 10 pitches (seven for strikes) to retire the side, including one via strikeout. He has had his shaky moments since moving into the closer's role but has been able to maintain a respectable 2.36 ERA.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 8 months ago

Feliz earned his seventh save of the season Monday while giving up a hit in a 2-0 win over the Mariners.

Feliz is 7-for-8 in save opportunities, but the lack of strikeouts and velocity lost after coming back from Tommy John surgery is a little worrisome for a closer.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 8 months ago

Feliz nearly blew the save Wednesday against Miami, giving up two solo home runs and walk while striking out two.

Feliz came in with the Rangers up three but a one-out home run by Jared Saltalamacchia followed a lead off home run by Marcell Ozuna to bring the Marlins within one. After walking Christian Yelich, Feliz got Donovan Solano swinging to escape with the win.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 8 months ago

Feliz struck out both batters he faced Wednesday to earn his fourth save of the season.

Following a hiccup in his last appearance Sunday, Feliz settled down and was sitting between 93-95 mph with his fastball. The ninth-inning job in Texas is Feliz's to lose, and he'll need to continue throwing his fastball in the mid-90s in order to push his strikeout rate up from the current 4.5 K/9 mark.

Neftali Feliz RP TEX 8 months ago

Feliz surrendered two runs to blow a 3-1 lead in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Indians.