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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher | #43

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / ATL
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According to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation, free agent Neftali Feliz is scheduled to audition for a team in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
Cotillo says Feliz recently received a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews after being diagnosed with ulnar nerve palsy in his right arm last August. The former closer struggled to a 5.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, and 37/23 K/BB ratio in 46 innings between the Brewers and Royals in 2017. It's unclear what team is watching him throw Wednesday. Dec 5 - 9:58 PM

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Royals released RHP Neftali Feliz

The former closer posted a 4.74 ERA in his 20 games with Kansas City. His time as a high-leverage reliever is likely over.
Sep 1 - 3:53 PM

Royals placed RHP Neftali Feliz on the 10-day disabled list with ulnar nerve palsy.

He's dealing with numbness in his right hand. The former AL Rookie of the Year has struggled this year, producing a mediocre 5.48 ERA over 49 relief outings between Milwaukee and Kansas City. Left-hander Eric Skoglund was recalled from Triple-A Omaha in the corresponding roster move.
Aug 19 - 4:20 PM

Royals activated RHP Neftali Feliz from the paternity leave list.

Feliz has been away from the club since Friday. Miguel Almonte will head back down to the minors.
Jul 17 - 3:18 PM

Royals placed RHP Neftali Feliz on the paternity leave list.

He's allowed to be away for 1-3 games. Miguel Almonte will replace Feliz in the Royals' bullpen.
Jul 14 - 2:17 PM

Royals signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year contract.

The deal was first reported by FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Thursday and has now become official. Feliz had issues with the home run ball in Milwaukee, but he's throwing hard and should benefit from a more spacious park.
Jun 23 - 3:43 PM

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the Royals have reached a deal with RHP Neftali Feliz.

Feliz was terrible with the Brewers earlier this year but perhaps he'll benefit from a change of scenery. The right-hander has a proven track record with 107 big league saves. In Kansas City, he'll fill a setup role in front of closer Kelvin Herrera.
Jun 22 - 11:42 PM

Brewers released RHP Neftali Feliz.

Feliz passed through waivers unclaimed because of his $5.35 million salary, but he should draw interest from other teams now that he'll come far cheaper. The 29-year-old right-hander was designated for assignment by Milwaukee last week after posting a 6.00 ERA in 27 innings. He opened the season as the Brewers' closer.
Jun 19 - 3:10 PM

Brewers designated RHP Neftali Feliz for assignment.

Feliz lost his closer job to Corey Knebel in mid-May and his outings have only gotten worse in the month since. Milwaukee signed the 29-year-old right-hander to a one-year, $5.35 million free agent contract in January. He posted a 6.00 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 27 innings with the team.
Jun 14 - 3:29 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday on MLB Network Radio that he'll give Neftali Feliz a "break" from the closer role.

Counsell then talked up Corey Knebel, so it sounds like Knebel will handle the save opportunities for the time being. Feliz has only blown one save in eight tries this season, but he's been shaky with a 6.19 ERA and five home runs allowed. It's unclear whether Counsell intends to eventually work Feliz back into the ninth inning, but Knebel is certainly good enough to run away with the role.
May 12 - 4:50 PM

Neftali Feliz took his fourth loss after giving up a three-run homer in a tie game Thursday against the Red Sox.

The case for keeping Feliz in the closer's role at this point is that he's still 8-for-9 in save chances. Everything else, though, is pretty bad. His ERA stands at 6.19 because he's given up five homers in 16 innings. Corey Knebel did his job again today, lowering his ERA to 1.00 while getting four outs. The Brewers don't have to make a switch and might be better off sticking with the status quo, given that Feliz's problems haven't been in save situations. Still, one wonders if they might turn to Knebel anyway. It'd make sense to pick him up.
May 11 - 4:50 PM

Neftali Feliz allowed solo homer to Jedd Gyorko but earned his seventh save Monday versus the Cardinals.

Gyorko led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a shot to right-center, his second home run of the game, but Feliz retried the next three batters he faced to seal the 7-5 win for Milwaukee.
May 2 - 12:08 AM

Neftali Feliz earned his sixth save of the season Sunday as the Brewers topped the Braves.

Feliz struck out one in a hitless top of the ninth at Miller Park to seal the 4-3 victory. He's had a couple of ugly outings this month, but overall the arrow is pointing up.
Apr 30 - 5:13 PM

Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless inning in a non-save situation Wednesday versus the Reds.

Milwaukee was ahead 9-4 when Feliz entered the game in the top of the ninth, and he sealed that as the final score with quick three outs. The right-hander blew his first save of the season in brutal fashion last week against the Cubs, but he looks to be back on track now.
Apr 26 - 4:36 PM

Neftali Feliz blew his first save of the season Wednesday in the Brewers' loss to the Cubs.

Feliz got the Brewers out of a big jam in the bottom of the eighth with a strikeout of Javier Baez, but he issued a one-out walk to Jon Jay in the ninth and Addison Russell followed singles by Miguel Montero and Kris Bryant with a walkoff three-run blast. Feliz was charged with four total runs and watched his season ERA jump from 1.59 to 6.75.
Apr 19 - 6:54 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
3Cameron Gallagher
4Meibrys Viloria
1B1Brandon Moss
2B1Whit Merrifield
SS1Raul Mondesi
2Ramon Torres
3B1Cheslor Cuthbert
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Paulo Orlando
2Bubba Starling
RF1Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Danny Duffy
2Ian Kennedy
3Jason Hammel
4Jake Junis
5Nate Karns
6Sam Gaviglio
7Eric Skoglund
8Wily Peralta
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kelvin Herrera
2Joakim Soria
3Brandon Maurer
4Ryan Buchter
5Scott Alexander
6Kevin McCarthy
7Brian Flynn
8Miguel Almonte
9Andres Machado
10Eric Stout
11Timothy Hill