Michael Feliz
Michael Feliz
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Pittsburgh Pirates
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Pirates in March of 2018.
Promoted to majors
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September 4, 2018
Feliz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
Feliz owns a lackluster 6.05 ERA and 1.56 WHIP across 41.2 big-league innings this season, though he does have 47 strikeouts over that span. He posted a similarly poor 7.20 ERA across 10 innings with Indianapolis. The 25-year-old righty will provide bullpen depth down the stretch, though he'll likely be limited to lower-leverage work.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .260 297 87 28 69 19 1 9
Since 2016vs Right .251 388 127 35 87 17 2 15
2018vs Left .276 87 20 9 21 4 0 2
2018vs Right .278 110 29 10 27 8 1 4
2017vs Left .280 84 23 8 21 11 1 2
2017vs Right .274 134 47 14 32 6 1 6
2016vs Left .237 126 44 11 27 4 0 5
2016vs Right .212 144 51 11 28 3 0 5
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Since 2016Home 3.97 1.10 90.2 7 3 0 12.1 3.0 1.2
Since 2016Away 6.99 1.81 65.2 5 2 0 12.6 4.5 1.6
2018Home 5.90 1.62 29.0 0 1 0 8.1 4.7 1.6
2018Away 6.28 1.40 14.1 0 1 0 14.4 2.5 0.6
2017Home 4.30 1.26 23.0 1 2 0 12.5 4.7 1.6
2017Away 6.84 1.84 25.0 3 0 0 13.7 3.6 1.4
2016Home 2.33 0.62 38.2 6 0 0 14.9 0.7 0.7
2016Away 7.52 2.01 26.1 2 1 0 10.6 6.5 2.4
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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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Heads back to Indianapolis
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August 23, 2018
Feliz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Returns to majors
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August 11, 2018
Feliz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
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Demoted to Triple-A
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July 27, 2018
Feliz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
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Season-long struggles continue
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July 24, 2018
Since returning from the disabled list in early July, Feliz has allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in six innings.
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Returns from disabled list
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July 7, 2018
Feliz (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
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