Poll: Neftali Feliz’s 2011 Role

The extended experiment may be coming to an end. The Rangers seem likely to return Neftali Feliz to the bullpen for the 2011 season and end his spring stint as a starter.

The 22-year-old was last year's AL Rookie of the Year as the Rangers closer, when he saved 40 games and posted a 2.73 ERA with 9.2 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 in 69 1/3 innings. Given those results, the Rangers' lack of shutdown relievers besides Feliz and their manager's desire for a proven closer, it's easy to see why the Rangers would return Feliz to the 'pen for at least one more year.

On the other hand, elite starters are harder to come by than elite relievers and they're on the mound for three times as many innings as most closers. Feliz's secondary offerings may not be finely tuned, but it stands to reason that they won't get any sharper if he's only pitching one inning at a time. You can make the argument that the Rangers should use Feliz as a starter and make do with their current bullpen or trade for an extra reliever.

What role would you assign Feliz for 2011 if you were in GM Jon Daniels' position?


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37 Comments on "Poll: Neftali Feliz’s 2011 Role"


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wild05fan
4 years 3 months ago

Deserves to be the starter since that’s what he was groomed through the minors to do, but I understand their decision in this regard if they’re just going to wait another year. It’s also a very good situation that Feliz doesn’t care either way.

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Jeffy25
4 years 3 months ago

Starter, 200 innings a season vs 50.

Worked w wainwright, he is more valuable as a starter

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mauerfan
4 years 3 months ago

If the Rangers want to get the max value out of him they would start him. Common sense I think.

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MadmanTX
4 years 3 months ago

Trick question. Feliz can be a starting pitcher, but…the Rangers need an effective closer and perhaps the question is right now, where is Feliz needed more? The Rangers have enough guys to fill the starting rotation behind Wilson and Lewis. Harrison is pitching great. Hunter and Kirkman can be your 4th and 5th with Ogando and Holland available as spot starters.

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ColoradoBravesFan
4 years 3 months ago

If Feliz can be a #2 or 3 starter he should be in the rotation. Just survive in the bullpen until close to the trade deadline. There will be teams that are out of the race by June who would trade their closer. Bell from Padres if they are out of it.

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Lunchbox45
4 years 3 months ago

Why stop at diminishing him to a a role in the bullpen?

Pretty sure he’d be an awesome bat boy, probably the best bat boy in the league.

Sure he’d be more useful to the team pitching, but that doesn’t matter.

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4 years 3 months ago

He’s blocked at bat boy. That’s where they put their new stud prospect. Think man, think.

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$1529282
4 years 3 months ago

I thought they were grooming Michael Young to be the bat boy…

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

he said he won’t do it until they rename the position bat princess

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MaineSox
4 years 3 months ago

And they have to glue a tiara to his helmet.