Michael Feliz
Michael Feliz
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
60-Day IL
Injury Forearm
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Feliz has a top 25th percentile fastball that he threw as hard as 99 mph last season, but his slider is his preferred pitch when he wants to miss bats. The swinging-strike rate on his slider was three times greater than the one of his fastball, but he still throws his fastball 70% of the time. The issue for Feliz is pitch control; he gets plenty of strikeouts, but double-digit walk rates offset those gains and home runs have plagued him throughout his career. Last year marked the third time in four full seasons in which he struck out at least 30% of the hitters he faced, and he had a career-best year limiting hitters to a .210 batting average. However, 11 homers in 56.1 innings and the walks continue to keep a higher-leverage role at arm's length as he has yet to earn a save at the major-league level. Speculate elsewhere on saves. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Pirates in January of 2020.
Done for season
PPittsburgh Pirates
Forearm
August 6, 2020
The Pirates ruled Feliz (forearm) out for the season after transferring him to the 45-day injured list Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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Pittsburgh has lost two key pieces of the bullpen for the remainder of the season in recent days, as Nick Burdi (elbow) was also shut down for good after moving to the 45-day IL on Wednesday. The Pirates diagnosed Feliz with a strained right forearm, an injury that is often a precursor to Tommy John surgery. With the team having yet to announce that any surgery will be in the cards for Feliz, he'll presumably treat the injury through rest and rehab with the hope of being back to full health for spring training in 2021.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
20
Last 10 Games
20
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Michael Feliz generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Michael Feliz generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-50%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .228 221 52 28 43 9 1 7
Since 2018vs Right .250 247 78 24 54 10 1 11
2020vs Left .333 7 2 1 2 0 0 1
2020vs Right .667 5 0 1 2 0 0 0
2019vs Left .194 115 27 16 19 5 1 4
2019vs Right .227 124 46 11 25 2 0 7
2018vs Left .259 99 23 11 22 4 0 2
2018vs Right .262 118 32 12 27 8 1 4
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-67%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.69 1.44 61.2 3 2 0 9.5 5.0 1.6
Since 2018Away 4.50 1.36 44.0 2 4 0 13.3 3.7 1.4
2020Home 54.00 4.50 .666666 0 0 0 13.5 13.5 0.0
2020Away 18.00 3.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 9.0 9.0
2019Home 4.40 1.17 30.2 3 1 0 11.2 4.4 1.8
2019Away 3.51 1.36 25.2 1 3 0 12.3 4.2 1.8
2018Home 5.93 1.65 30.1 0 1 0 7.7 5.3 1.5
2018Away 5.19 1.27 17.1 1 1 0 15.1 2.6 0.5
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Stat Review
How does Michael 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
1.00
 
K/9
10.8
 
BB/9
10.8
 
HR/9
5.4
 
Fastball
93.9 mph
 
ERA
32.40
 
WHIP
3.60
 
BABIP
.526
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
0.0%
 
Exit Velocity
86.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
0.0%
 
Spin Rate
2170 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
23.1%
 
Swinging Strike
8.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Feliz underwhelmed in his first year with the Pirates after being acquired in the deal that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston, posting a 5.66 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 47.2 innings of relief. After allowing four runs without recording an out in his first appearance for Pittsburgh, the righty turned in a 0.90 ERA and 26:6 K:BB over his next 21 appearances (20 innings). Unfortunately, things went downhill from there, as Feliz struggled to an 8.27 ERA and 4.9 BB/9 over his next 17 outings (20.2 innings) before being demoted to Triple-A in July. Feliz made a trip to the DL in the middle of that stretch due to shoulder inflammation and it's possible some of his struggles were tied to that issue. He experienced a slight decrease in velocity as the season progressed and walked too many batters (4.3 BB/9), making him a tough sell for fantasy as a middle-inning arm with no clear path to saves.
The Astros continued to use Feliz in a relief role in 2017 after he was used predominantly as a starter during his time in the minors. Feliz's fastball topped out at a career-best average of 96.2 mph last season, and he paired his heater with a slider that was often punished when he failed to locate it properly as opposing hitters slugged .548 against that offering despite his 23.6 percent whiff rate with it. With an increased walk rate and a spike to his hard-hit rate, Feliz's overall numbers took a big step back, as his ERA soared to 5.63 despite skills that supported an ERA nearly two runs lower (3.78 FIP). Walks have been a problem for Feliz on a few occasions in his career, but 2016 (3.1 BB/9) offers hope that he can turn things around. Following the trade to Pittsburgh in January, Feliz has a chance to take a step forward in 2018 as part of the Pirates' setup corps.
Feliz spent most of 2016 as a reliever for the Astros, and pitched quite well over 65 innings. While his ERA was 4.43, he had a 1.18 WHIP and an outstanding 95:22 K:BB. Feliz has an electric mid-90s fastball and a nasty slider, so he only threw his changeup five percent of the time in 2016. The Astros have oscillated on whether or not they want to develop Feliz as a starter, and his changeup will need further development for him to be an effective major league starter. Reports are that Feliz will be working toward a starting role in the offseason, and may compete for a fifth starter role in spring training. Fellow reliever Chris Devenski threw more extended relief outings last year, and seems to initially be ahead of Feliz, although the team also brought in veteran right-hander Charlie Morton, who could earn the spot as well. Feliz's value will depend on his eventual role, but he's one of the more intriguing Astros arms to watch given his high-strikeout potential.
Many times players who get a taste of the big leagues return to the minors with a sense of entitlement or bitterness from the demotion. That wasn't the case for Feliz, who had a few cups of coffee with the Astros last season before spending much of the year with Double-A Corpus Christi. Hooks pitching coach Doug Brocail praised the 22-year-old right-hander for his work ethic and composure on the mound, as he made 15 appearances (12 starts) for the team with a 2.17 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 70:20 K:BB over 78.2 innings. He also earned Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors in August. While Feliz made five low-leverage appearances out of the Astros' bullpen with poor results (7.88 ERA, 1.63 WHIP over eight innings), Houston continues to develop him as a starter. He's likely to open 2016 in that role with Triple-A Fresno.
Feliz, 21, went 8-6 with a 4.03 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 25 games (19 starts) for Low-A Quad Cities in 2014. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, he's an imposing presence on the mound whose fastball reaches the mid-90s. His control (3.2 BB/9) needs improvement, but he'll get the opportunity to work on that in the hitter-friendly confines of the California League this season. How Feliz performs in that environment should give the Astros better insight into his future as a starter or reliever, but the organization thought enough of him to protect him from December's Rule 5 draft by adding him to the 40-man roster over the winter.
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Shifts to 45-day IL
PPittsburgh Pirates
Forearm
August 4, 2020
The Pirates transferred Feliz (forearm) to the 45-day injured list Monday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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MRI on tap
PPittsburgh Pirates
Forearm
August 2, 2020
Feliz (forearm) is expected to undergo an MRI on his right forearm in the next couple days, general manager Ben Cherington told 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
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Shifts to injured list
PPittsburgh Pirates
Forearm
August 2, 2020
Feliz (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
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Leaves with forearm discomfort
PPittsburgh Pirates
Forearm
August 1, 2020
Feliz was removed from Saturday's loss to the Cubs with right forearm discomfort, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Has good feel for 2020
PPittsburgh Pirates
March 31, 2020
Feliz, who allowed just one run in five spring outings (4.2 innings), has a good chance of making the team's Opening Day roster, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
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