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.
The 26-year-old is excited with the way he threw this spring. "The fastball is my best pitch, and I throw it for strikes more now and my slider has gotten better," Feliz said. "I feel really good. I feel like I'm going to have a good season." He enters 2020 behind Keone Kela, Kyle Crick and possibly Richard Rodriguez in the pecking order for saves, but none of the aforementioned relievers are necessarily sure things. Feliz possesses a closer's arsenal but hasn't thrown strikes consistently. Fantasy owners will want to track the right-hander as Pittsburgh's bullpen situation is likely to change throughout the summer.
Feliz agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Pirates on Friday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
This is Feliz's first of three years as an arbitration-eligible player. He has been worth 1.2 fWAR over 225 innings in parts of five big-league seasons.
Feliz (3-4) earned the win against the Giants on Wednesday after tossing a scoreless fifth inning. He walked two and recorded a pair of strikeouts.
Feliz came into the fifth inning to relieve starter Dario Agrazal, who had allowed two runs (one earned) to score without recording any outs. Feliz walked in a run (charged to Agrazal), allowing the Giants to come within one, but that would be as close as they'd get en route to the win. The victory was the third of the season for the right-hander, who owns a 3.66 ERA and 1.20 WHIP across 53 appearances.
Feliz pitched a scoreless inning against the Reds on Friday, striking out all three batters he faced.
He entered the game with runners at the corners and no outs, making his feat even more impressive. Since the beginning of July, Feliz has registered a 1.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 29:6 K:BB in 24.2 innings. He's allowed only 6.9 H/9, the lowest mark of his career.
Feliz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Rookie Davis (finger) was placed on the 10-day injured list and Nick Kingham was designated for assignment Saturday, opening up a spot in the bullpen for Feliz. The right-hander will be limited to a low-leverage relief role, and his 8.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP in 12 major-league appearances in 2019 make him an unappealing fantasy option.
Feliz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday.
Feliz had an awful outing as the opener Friday, giving up five runs on four hits and a walk while recording just one out. The 25-year-old has allowed 11 runs over 12 major-league innings this season, though nine of those runs came in a pair of ugly appearances.
Feliz (2-1) allowed five runs on four hits with a walk while recording just one out and taking the loss as an opener Friday against the Dodgers.
The 25-year-old's first appearance as an opener didn't go so well. The only out Feliz recorded was on a hard line drive, and he gave up a double and a grand slam while facing only six batters. Feliz has an 8.25 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 12 innings this season. With this performance, it seems highly unlikely we'll see him in the opener role again any time soon.
Feliz will serve as the opener Friday against the Dodgers, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Feliz will make the first "start" of his major-league career Friday, with Steven Brault likely to follow as the primary pitcher. Feliz has a 4.63 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 16:8 K:BB through 11.2 innings this season.
Feliz allowed an earned run on one hit and a walk in one inning against Arizona on Monday.
He needed 29 pitches (including 17 strikes) in his one inning Monday. This follows a disastrous outing last Wednesday when he walked four batters, allowed four runs and recorded just one out (on 33 pitches) against Texas. Feliz initially strung together four straight scoreless outings following his recall to Pittsburgh, but it seems as though he's already reverted back to his ineffectiveness of 2018.
Feliz earned his first relief win of 2019, hurling a scoreless inning against Oakland on Saturday. He walked one batter and struck out two in the 6-4 victory.
He will likely be presented with an opportunity to serve in high-leverage situations, especially with Keone Kela's shoulder injury and Richard Rodriguez's ineffectiveness. Feliz struggled mightily in his first season with Pittsburgh in 2018 (5.66 ERA, 1.51 WHIP in 47.2 innings), but he's off to a better start this year with five strikeouts in 3.2 scoreless innings.
Feliz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
Feliz has a 5.28 ERA in 168.2 innings of relief at the big-league level. That number is far out of line with his 3.80 FIP and his 3.50 xFIP, and he owns a strong 30.6 percent strikeout rate to go with a high (but not terrible) 9.6 percent walk rate. Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day injured list with right thumb inflammation in a corresponding move.
Feliz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday.
Feliz struggled to a 5.66 ERA in 47.2 frames for the Pirates last season. He remains on the 40-man roster, so he'll be an option when injuries strike Pittsburgh's bullpen.
Feliz agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates on Friday to avoid arbitration, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.
Feliz appeared in 47 games with the Pirates during his first year with the organization, logging a 5.66 ERA and 1.51 WHIP with 55 strikeouts in 47.2 innings. Looking ahead, he will have to cut down on his 4.3 BB/9 in order to work in higher-leverage situations, assuming he begins the 2019 season on the Opening Day roster.
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.
Feliz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Feliz saw his first bit of action at the major-league level since July when he came in against the Braves on Tuesday, but he couldn't shake his recent struggles and gave up three earned runs on three hits and one walk in one inning of relief. Across 18 appearances since May 23, he's logged a 9.14 ERA and 1.94 WHIP with 12 walks in 21.2 innings. The Pirates will make a subsequent roster move prior to Friday's series opener in Milwaukee.
Feliz was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Saturday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic Pittsburgh reports.
Feliz was sent to the minors in late July after struggling with a 5.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 40.2 innings for the Pirates. The 25-year-old returns to the majors with Pittsburgh needing some fresh arms after the bullpen covered 6.1 innings during Friday's 13-10 loss to the Giants.
Feliz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday.
This move does not come as a major surprise, as Feliz has a 5.53 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, despite fanning 47 in 40.2 innings out of the big-league bullpen. He'll look to get into a groove at Triple-A before likely rejoining the big-league club in a few weeks.
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.
Feliz's 10.7 K/9 is below his career mark (12.3), while a 4.2 BB/9 is higher than his career average (3.7). In addition, a 79.7 contact rate percentage represents the worst number among his four seasons. With a 5.35 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 38.2 innings, the 25-year-old has proven to be one of the team's weak bullpen links. He's fallen from the preseason setup man for Felipe Vazquez to a low-leverage arm ranking no higher than fifth among Pittsburgh relievers.
Feliz (shoulder) was activated off the 10-day disabled list Saturday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Feliz was at a "no-throw status" as of June 27, so he has made significant progress over the past week-plus. The 25-year-old has a 5.51 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with 39 strikeouts over 32.2 innings this season.
Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Feliz (shoulder) is at a "no-throw status," but could be cleared to play catch in the upcoming days, Erin Fish of MLB.com reports.
Feliz was placed on the disabled list Sunday and looks like he'll miss more than the minimum 10 days, though perhaps not much longer beyond that. Prior to landing on the DL, Feliz had given up 15 runs (14 earned) over 12.2 innings in his last 11 appearances, prompting the Pirates to remove him from a key setup role.
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