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Neftali Feliz | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
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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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

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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

Neftali Feliz notched his fifth save of the season Monday night against the Cubs.

Feliz gave up a leadoff single to Jon Jay and followed with a walk of Willson Contreras, but he induced a double play from Albert Almora and struck out Kyle Schwarber to protect the Brewers' three-run lead with a scoreless ninth inning. Feliz is 5-for-5 in save chances this season with a shiny 1.59 ERA and 0.71 WHIP.
Apr 17 - 11:17 PM

Neftali Feliz slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a perfect inning to protect a one-run advantage.

Feliz struck out two in his inning of work. He has now converted four saves on the season and owns an impressive 1.93 ERA and 0.43 WHIP. His job security is growing by the day and he's looking like he could be a tremendous value that was had in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Apr 16 - 4:26 PM

Neftali Feliz issued a base-on-balls but didn't allow a hit or a run as he recorded his third save of the season on Wednesday versus the Blue Jays.

He was protecting a two-run lead as he faced the heart of the Blue Jays' batting order. He popped out Joe Bautista before walking Josh Donaldson. He then induced a double-play comebacker from Kendrys Morales to end the game. Feliz entered the season as perhaps one of the shakier closers in the league, but has yet to blow a save in three chances. He has allowed one run and fanned four batters in 3 2/3 innings.
Apr 12 - 10:19 PM

Neftali Feliz looked dominant in closing out the Blue Jays with a perfect ninth inning Tuesday.

Feliz got a flyout, strikeout and another flyout to preserve the one-run victory. His whiff of Josh Donaldson was particularly impressive, as the closer hit 101 mph on the radar gun before finishing the former MVP off with a nasty slider. Feliz is going to give up more homers than you want from your closer, but his velocity is better than ever and he looks poised to have a nice year.
Apr 11 - 11:57 PM

Neftali Feliz gave up a solo homer in a tie game in the ninth to take a loss Thursday against the Rockies.

Nolan Arenado took him deep. Feliz gave up 10 homers in 53 2/3 innings last year, and he's in a much more homer friendly ballpark this season in Milwaukee. We expect him to be an adequate closer anyway, but this won't be the only game he loses due to the long ball.
Apr 6 - 5:03 PM

Neftali Feliz got one out in a five-run game for his first save of the year Wednesday against the Rockies.

The bases were loaded and the tying run was on deck, so it was a save situation as Feliz inherited Taylor Jungmann's mess. He was able to strike out Charlie Blackmon to end it, giving him his first save for his new team.
Apr 6 - 12:26 AM

Neftali Feliz said that he is feeling no lingering effects of the biceps tightness which hampered him in September.

Feliz appeared in just one game last September due to a biceps injury, but he said that his arm is feeling 100% this spring. Prior to being waylaid by injury this past season, he had pitched to a 3.52 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings. The Brewers signed him to a one-year, $5.35 million contract in January.
Mar 8 - 5:56 PM

Brewers signed RHP Neftali Feliz to a one-year, $5.35 million contract.

There are some performance incentives in the deal that could push it to $6.85 million. Feliz will open the 2017 season as the Brewers' closer if everything goes smoothly this spring. A former ninth-inning man for the Rangers, the 28-year-old right-hander posted a cool 3.52 ERA, 1.137 WHIP, and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 frames last summer in a setup role with Pittsburgh.
Jan 19 - 12:19 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers are nearing a deal with Neftali Feliz.

Feliz rebuilt his value by having a nice season with the Pirates in 2016 in which he posted a 3.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 61/21 K/BB ratio across 53 2/3 innings. Given the current state of the Brewers' bullpen, it wouldn't be surprising to see Feliz get a real shot at the closer's role. The 28-year-old owns 99 career saves, including seasons of 40 and 32 saves with the Rangers in 2010 and 2011.
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jett Bandy
2Manny Pina
1B1Eric Thames
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jonathan Villar
2Nick Franklin
3Eric Sogard
SS1Orlando Arcia
3B1Travis Shaw
2Hernan Perez
LF1Ryan Braun
CF1Keon Broxton
RF1Domingo Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Junior Guerra
2Zach Davies
3Chase Anderson
4Jimmy Nelson
5Matt Garza
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Corey Knebel
2Neftali Feliz
3Jacob Barnes
4Oliver Drake
5Carlos Torres
6Jared Hughes
7Rob Scahill
8Wily Peralta