Once again, we Rangers fans have been teased by pitcher prospects who really are not as hot as everyone said they were going to be. Remember Jovany Cedeno? How about Colby Lewis? Or even or what about Juan Domingez?
You know a pitching prospect isn‘t any good if John Daniels doesn‘t trade him away but keeps him insteaad. Remember Chris Young and John Danks and Andres Gallaraga and Edinson Volquez? OR even Doug Davis? I‘ll bet you didn‘t remember that he was Jon Hart‘s right hand man when they traded away Justin Duchscherer (tough to spell. I had to look that one up).
You probably can throw Neftali Feliz on that group of overblown Rangers pitching prospect failures. Everybody got so excited about him because people he threw the ball really hard – like 100 mile per hour a whole lot. But the truth is that he‘s like Nook Lalushe in Bull Durham…he couldn‘t hit water if he fell out of a boat.
I wonder if Kevin Ricahrdson or Max Ramirez or Emerson (don‘t call me Lake and Palmer) Frostad has asked him to throw a fastball at their chests in an alley behind a bar somwhere? I bet he‘s miss them and throw it through a window or something.
Yesterday Feliz was terrible again. He pitched fornot even three innings despite throwing 88 pitches in the opener. He allowed five runs in the 3rd Still, he walked four, hit another, and yielded three hits to the 17 batters he faced. He also struck out three.
And the thing about it is that he wasn‘t even good last time he pitched either. He had a really poor night: seven hits, five runs, two walks and two strikeouts in three innings. The fastball was there, but his breaking ball was bad. In three starts, opponents are hitting him hard: .292/.414/.396. His strikeout rate is a little below 20%, which is a little above the league average, but not as good as last season.
People can talk all the time about how good a player is going to be someday, but the player has to be a good player once in awhile and Feliz isn‘t one this year at all. He has only one win so far this year and Bo (don‘t call me Ricky from Major League) Vaughn has two….buit he‘s only a reliever!
If Feliz doesn‘t start pitching good I bet they demote him to Clinton or maybe even lower than that.
Then again, if he does start to pitch good then John Daniels will just trade him away for somebody who is also supposed to be good but really isn‘t.