Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:01:21 -0800
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington said the team's closer competition remains wide open between RPs Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers. Soria retired all three batters he faced in 10 pitches Thursday, March 6, and Feliz retired all three hitters he faced on 16 pitches. Feliz's fastball touched 93 mph and his changeup hit 85 mph. "I wish all of sudden he could come into spring training and all of a sudden you see 95 (mph) or 97 but he'll work his way to that if it's still in him," Washington said. "But right now, I just want him to stay healthy and if he stays healthy, he'll be where he needs to be."
Fantasy Tip: Remember, Feliz is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so it's a work in progress with his velocity and command. However, all reports so far have been positive. Unless he suffers a setback, we expect him to open the season as the closer.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 05:23:48 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz was clocked at 90-92 mph in his spring debut Sunday, March 2, but Feliz said he isn't concerned. He said he is still building arm strength and has been working to get on top of the ball more in his delivery. This adjustment is meant to help Feliz avoid another injury. He'll throw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 4, and appear in another game Thursday, March 6.
Sun, 02 Mar 2014 01:11:07 -0800
Although Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz and RP Joakim Soria are competing for the closer job in spring camp, Feliz has not looked impressive so far. Sources have indicated his mechanics are still kind of out of whack and he is not getting his arm extended enough to max out the velocity.
Fantasy Tip: It is too soon to give up on Feliz, but you may want to push him down your draft board for now unless he figures out a way to fix those mechanics.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:16:18 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (biceps) has been throwing better after dealing with some early camp soreness in his right biceps. Feliz is scheduled to throw one more live batting practice session before working in an intrasquad game Tuesday, Feb. 25. "I felt it a little bit the other day, but I'm better," Feliz said Saturday, Feb. 22. "I'm ready to go with no problems."
Fantasy Tip: Feliz is battling Tanner Scheppers and Joakim Soria for the closer's job. Whoever wins the role should be owned in all mixed leagues.
Sat, 22 Feb 2014 21:15:25 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria is off to the quickest start of the three candidates for the closer's role. He is working against Ps Neftali Feliz and Tanner Scheppers. "He's such a professional," manager Ron Washington said Saturday, Feb. 22. "His arm looks much more free and his velocity has picked up. He was never a power pitcher, but he could locate and throw breaking balls."
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 13:49:27 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (biceps) showed some improvement in his live batting practice session Friday, Feb. 21, throwing for five minutes in BP and another five minutes on a mound in the bullpen. Feliz complained of some biceps soreness after his mound session Monday, Feb. 17. "There was definitely better effort this time out," pitching coach Mike Maddux said. "The last time he was barking a little in his biceps, so we held him down. I think we nipped it in the bud."
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:03:35 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz seems confident and relaxed this spring as he tries to lock down the closer spot once again after making his way back from Tommy John surgery. He built arm strength in the Dominican Republic this offseason and was throwing in the high-90s. "I felt very comfortable," Feliz said. "I felt strong. I've done this in the past and having the experience in the Dominican league gave me more confidence to pitch." Feliz is expected to be the front-runner for the closer job this year.
Sun, 02 Feb 2014 12:57:35 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz remains the front-runner to be the team's closer, ahead of RPs Joakim Soria and Tanner Scheppers. During the offseason, Feliz worked with scout Mike Anderson in the Dominican Republic on some mechanical adjustments and tightening up his repertoire. In 10 appearances for Toros del Este of the Dominican Winter League, he posted a 2.79 ERA over 9 2/3 innings, with only two walks and 11 strikeouts. Feliz said he felt better during the latter portion of his time playing winter ball and at one point was clocked at 98 mph on the second day of back-to-back outings. At the end of the 2013 season, he was regularly throwing in the low 90s.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:20:56 -0800
The Texas Rangers avoided arbitration with RP Neftali Feliz Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal. He'll receive $25,000 for 50 and 55 games finished in 2014.
Thu, 02 Jan 2014 14:12:23 -0800
Texas Rangers RP Neftali Feliz (elbow) is determined to regain the gig of the team's ninth-inning stopper after coming back from Tommy John surgery and an unsuccessful try at starting pitching. "It is very important for me," Feliz said. "I have been a closer already. Nobody will take it away from me ... because I want to go back to a World Series and win it. I think this is our year to do it." Manager Ron Washington has been non-commital when asked who would be the team's closer in 2014, though. Feliz went 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings in the Dominican Republic Winter League. He said he feels 100 percent recovered from his elbow surgery.