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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/2/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Neftali Feliz nailed down his 13th save of the season in Saturday's 5-4 win over the Athletics.
Feliz gave up a one-out single to Nick Punto in the top of the ninth, but pinch-runner Billy Burns was cut down trying to steal second base. Feliz then issued a two-out walk to Coco Crisp, but Jonny Gomes struck out swinging to end it. Feliz has a superb 1.99 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in 31 2/3 innings this season, and he's 13-for-14 in save opportunities. Sep 27 - 11:40 PM

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Neftali Feliz struck out the side in the ninth inning, earning the save against the Angels.

Feliz has been very good in his last nine appearances, tossing 8 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing just six hits and two walks. The save was his 11th of the season, and Feliz owns a 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP over 28 2/3 innings on the year.
Sep 21 - 8:29 PM

Neftali Feliz allowed a hit and a walk against the Mariners but escaped unscathed for his eighth save of the season Sunday.

A one-out walk by Kendrys Morales and a subsequent single by Kyle Seager left men on the corners, but Feliz got James Jones to pop out and induced a fly out from Justin Smoak to end the threat. It hasn't always been pretty -- Feliz has allowed at least one hit in each of his last seven appearances -- but it's been effective. Feliz has eight saves in nine chances and owns a 2.55 ERA through 24 2/3 innings.
Sep 7 - 8:17 PM

Neftali Feliz worked a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Rangers' 2-0 win Monday over the Mariners.

The 26-year-old still hasn't recaptured the raw stuff he had prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery -- and maybe he never will -- but the overall results are encouraging. Feliz owns a 2.82 ERA and 0.94 WHIP but has struck out merely 14 batters in 22-plus innings. The right-hander is 7-for-8 in save opportunities.
Aug 26 - 1:16 AM

Neftali Feliz threw a scoreless ninth inning to close out the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Royals on Sunday.

Feliz rebounded from allowing two home runs on Wednesday by taking care of the Royals with relative ease. He gave up a two-out single to Raul Ibanez, but Feliz got Lorenzo Cain to ground out to end the threat. The right-hander has been mostly good in his return from Tommy John surgery, owning a 2.95 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and six saves through 21 1/3 innings this season.
Aug 24 - 7:11 PM

Neftali Feliz served up a pair of long homers but hung in there to record the save in Wednesday's win over the Marlins.

Marcell Ozuna led off the ninth with a longball to left field. After Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out sharply to second base, pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia then put one into the upper deck in right field off Feliz. The righty was able to escape with a couple strikeouts sandwiched around a walk. Feliz has converted five of six save chances since taking over as closer but is still looking like a shell of his former self.
Aug 20 - 4:03 PM

Neftali Feliz earned his fourth save of the season Wednesday as the Rangers beat the White Sox.

Feliz struck out both batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth inning. It was a nice bounceback outing for the 26-year-old right-hander, who allowed a two-run homer Sunday against the Indians in his first blown save since being handed the Rangers' closer gig. He should carry considerable fantasy value down the stretch.
Aug 6 - 5:16 PM

Neftali Feliz allowed a two-run home run to suffer his first blown save of the season against the Indians on Sunday.

Feliz walked Chris Dickerson with one out, and David Murphy hit a two-run shot to tie the game at 3-3. It was Feliz' first blown save, but he's been largely good since taking over as the team's closer. He's still not striking out batters and he pitches for a bad team, making him a low-end closer option, but he's got a 3.14 ERA and 0.91 WHIP through 14 1/3 innings. He should continue to be more good than bad going forward.
Aug 3 - 5:46 PM

Neftali Feliz picked up save No. 3 with a quick, seven-pitch inning against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Even though he topped out at 92 mph tonight, Feliz struck out Mark Teixeira on three pitches and got Carlos Beltran to hit a first-pitch popup. Chase Headley then got ahold of a slider, but first baseman Adam Rosales went up and made a leaping catch, ending the game. Feliz's stuff still isn't where we'd like, but the results have been excellent so far.
Jul 30 - 11:06 PM

Neftali Feliz pitched a perfect ninth on Monday for his second save since being shifted into the closer's role.

That's the good news. Less encouraging is that Feliz's fastball was coming in at 91 mph after often touching 93-95 mph in his previous couple of appearances. It didn't hurt him, but hopefully, it's not a sign of things to come.
Jul 28 - 11:28 PM

Neftali Feliz notched his first save since 2011 in Friday's win over the Athletics.

Back in the closer role after the Joakim Soria trade, Feliz worked around a hit and a walk to deliver a scoreless ninth inning. The 26-year-old doesn't have the same raw stuff he had prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery, so we're a bit skeptical about his ability to keep the job, but the Rangers don't have much to lose at this point. Pick him up in all formats.
Jul 25 - 11:38 PM

Neftali Feliz is expected to take over as the Rangers' closer in the wake of the Joakim Soria trade.

Soria was dealt to the Tigers on Wednesday night for right-handed pitching prospects Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel. Feliz is still working to regain his dominant raw stuff, but he owns a cool 2.61 ERA and 0.77 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings of relief since rejoining the Rangers' active roster on July 4. The 26-year-old right-hander needs to be owned in all standard fantasy leagues even though his save opportunities may be few and far between for a Rangers team that has clearly mailed it in.
Jul 24 - 10:28 AM

Rangers recalled RHP Neftali Feliz from Triple-A Round Rock.

Feliz has spent all season at Round Rock and has pitched very well of late, going eight appearances without allowing a run. The former closer has put up a 3.14 ERA and 31/8 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings overall. The Rangers figure to ease him back into high-leverage situations, but Feliz should be pitching in a setup role ahead of Joakim Soria before long.
Jul 4 - 3:50 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that Neftali Feliz has become a candidate for a promotion "if a need arises."

Feliz has had his ups and downs in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery, but he's allowed just one hit over six scoreless innings lately at Triple-A Round Rock. He holds a 3.51 ERA and 27/8 K/BB ratio across 25 2/3 frames overall.
Jun 27 - 12:12 PM

Neftali Feliz has delivered back-to-back scoreless appearances with Triple-A Round Rock.

Feliz was a bit shaky after returning from arm fatigue in mid-May, but he has begun to turn things around recently, sitting in the 92-96 mph range with his fastball. The 26-year-old could be an option for the Rangers' bullpen soon if he keeps it up.
Jun 3 - 9:28 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Tomas Telis
3Chris Gimenez
4Jorge Alfaro
1B1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Tommy Field
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3Luis Sardinas
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Jake Smolinski
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Michael Choice
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Matt Harrison
4Colby Lewis
5Ross Detwiler
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Martin Perez
9Luke Jackson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Tanner Scheppers
4Robbie Ross
5Scott Baker
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Phil Klein
8Alexander Claudio
9Jon Edwards
10Lisalverto Bonilla
11Spencer Patton
12Roman Mendez
13Michael Kirkman
14Anthony Bass