Neftali Feliz

Neftali Feliz

33-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Neftali Feliz in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Dodgers in July of 2021.
Clears waivers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
September 14, 2021
Feliz recently cleared waivers and returned to the Dodgers' Triple-A roster, Oklahoma City Dodgers broadcaster Alex Freedman reports.
ANALYSIS
Feliz was DFA'd by the organization late last week, but he has since returned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. The right-hander has given up only one hit and no runs in three innings for the big club this season, so there's a decent chance that he could be called back up before the end of the campaign.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
13
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Neftali Feliz generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
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21-30
 
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41-50
 
51-60
 
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101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Neftali Feliz generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-25%
BAA vs RHP
2020
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2019
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .333 10 2 0 3 2 0 0
Since 2019vs Right .250 9 1 1 2 0 0 1
2021vs Left .333 10 2 0 3 2 0 0
2021vs Right .250 9 1 1 2 0 0 1
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2021
 
 
-33%
ERA at Home
2020
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 6.75 1.50 1.1 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
Since 2019Away 10.13 1.50 2.2 0 1 0 3.4 3.4 3.4
2021Home 6.75 1.50 1.1 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.0
2021Away 10.13 1.50 2.2 0 1 0 3.4 3.4 3.4
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Neftali Feliz compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.00
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
2.3
 
HR/9
2.3
 
Fastball
95.1 mph
 
ERA
9.00
 
WHIP
1.50
 
BABIP
.326
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
43.5%
 
Exit Velocity
76.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.7%
 
Spin Rate
2314 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
16.1%
 
Swinging Strike
10.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The oft-injured Feliz pitched 53.2 innings in 2016 (his highest total since 2011) before a muscular arm injury shut him down. He made just one appearance in September and limped to a 5.02 ERA and 1.84 WHIP in his final 15 games, but proved serviceable for the first four months of the season. Overall, the 28-year-old registered a 3.52 ERA (3.72 xFIP) and a 10.2 K/9. He struggled with the home run (19.2 HR/FB) but otherwise showed promise following a disastrous 2015. Feliz collected a career-high 30 holds last year, and he appears to be in line to be the closer for Milwaukee heading into the season, but his weak finish and arm injury make him risky entering 2017.
Last July, the Tigers rolled the dice on this once-great closer after he was released by the Rangers after posting a 4.58 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP through 18 games. But things actually got worse for Feliz in Detroit. He appeared in 30 games there, delivering a 7.62 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. Granted, his underlying metrics (4.05 FIP and 7.3 K/9) painted a slightly different perspective, and he did finish 2015 strong with three saves in his last four games. Opposing batters teed off on Feliz's repertoire at a near-.300 rate. He still throws the ball hard, but nowhere near his pre-Tommy John 96.3 mph. Signed by the Pirates to a one-year deal in January, Feliz will be another potential reclamation project for Bucs pitching Ray Searage with the hope that he can become an effective part of the bridge to the ninth inning.
Feliz didn’t appear until the Fourth of July after missing virtually all of 2013 and the first three months of 2014 to Tommy John surgery. The Rangers had about a month of time to get Feliz up to speed so they could trade incumbent closer Joakim Soria and reinsert Feliz into the role. And they did just that, trading Soria on July 23rd and giving Feliz his first save opportunity on July 25th. Feliz held the role for the final two months and posted a fantastic 1.69 ERA in 21 innings with 13 saves in 14 tries. However, his 17.2% strikeout rate and 2.1 K/BB ratio were far from the 26.4% and 3.9 K/BB marks from his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010. He hasn’t come close to that level of dominance since and it’s hard to bet on it returning, especially with his severe velocity dip (from 98 mph in 2010 to 94 mph last year). Be careful here. It’s one thing to bet on a track record, but Feliz really has just the one season of dominance.
Feliz's expected late-July return from 2012 Tommy John surgery was delayed a bit as he didn't take the mound until early September and made just six appearances in some low-leverage spots during the final month. Joe Nathan's departure via free agency has Texas publicly announcing that 2014's closer will come from a list of internal candidates headlined by Feliz and Joakim Soria, so it appears (for the moment at least) that Feliz's days as a starter may have finally come to an end. We've been down this road before, so Feliz's role and eventual value may not be clearly determined until March.
Feliz's return to the rotation lasted just seven starts and ended with him on the surgeon's table, requiring Tommy John surgery after a brief and stalled comeback attempt after being injured in mid-May. He's expected to return following the All-Star break, back in a relief role, but not closing if Joe Nathan is still healthy. Roto purgatory, in essence. He's been effective in whatever role Texas has asked him to pitch in, and a return to the rotation in 2014 could beckon (Texas is doing just that with Alexi Ogando) but his 2013 value will be limited to 25-30 largely low-value innings in a setup/late-inning relief role.
Texas put a quick end to the "Rotation or closer?" question, signing Joe Nathan to a two-year contract in November and quickly announcing a return to the rotation for Feliz. He had started to show weaknesses as a closer, fanning just 54 and walking 30 in 62.1 innings, as he increasingly relied on a now mere mortal fastball. How well he's able to incorporate his secondary pitches back into his repertoire will go a long way in determining his immediate success as a starter. It seems unlikely that Texas will saddle him with anything close to 200 innings after two years as the closer, particularly with a somewhat successful run of limiting Alexi Ogando's innings down the stretch in 2011.
Feliz started the year in a setup role after he struggled as a starter during spring training. It worked out just fine in the end. Feliz used a few early season implosions from Frank Francisco to latch onto the closer's role and never looked back, setting an AL record for saves by a rookie in the process. He was dominant following the All-Star break (1.42 ERA, 16 hits and five walks allowed in 31.2 innings), but there's talk again of seeing if he can transition back into the rotation this spring. C.J. Wilson's transition gives Texas a nice blueprint to follow, and a Cliff Lee-sized hole in the rotation after Lee signed with the Phillies might hasten the move.
Feliz made a splash in his rookie season, allowing just 13 hits and eight walks in 31 innings, fanning 39. He struck out 13 of the first 20 batters he faced in the majors, though he faded (relatively speaking) over his final few appearances. Texas put a focus on finding right-handed setup relief this offseason (so far netting nothing more than Chris Ray) in an effort to return Feliz to the rotation. His numbers in the minors last year before his promotion (77.1 innings, 69 hits, 75:30 K:BB) were solid but not jaw-dropping. His offspeed stuff improved as the season wore on, which should help smooth his transition back into the rotation.
Feliz solidified his reputation as one of baseball's best pitching prospects with 10 solid starts at Double-A Frisco after a stellar start to the year at Low-A Clinton. Just 20 years old, Feliz will likely begin the year at Double-A Frisco again, but should see ample time at Triple-A Oklahoma City this season. Working against him of course is Texas' repeated failures to develop young arms, but there's plenty to like here if he can stay healthy.
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Designated for assignment
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
September 9, 2021
Feliz was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Contract selected by Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
September 6, 2021
Feliz's contract was selected from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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DFA'd Tuesday
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 24, 2021
The Dodgers designated Feliz for assignment Tuesday.
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Effective in Dodgers debut
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 23, 2021
Feliz pitched a perfect inning against the Mets on Sunday, striking out one batter.
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Contract selected by Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
August 16, 2021
Feliz's contract was selected by the Dodgers on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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