Now Pitching For The Texas Rangers…

Neftali Feliz throws really, really hard.

Lots of pitchers throw really, really hard these days, but Feliz seemed to evoke a different feeling than most during his major league debut on Monday.  The 21-year-old Dominican came on to start the sixth inning with the Rangers leading, 1-0, and promptly struck out the first four batters he faced en route to two perfect innings of relief.  His fastball crossed into triple digits several times, topping out at 101 MPH on the final pitch of his outing.

According to that link above, however, the best part of Feliz’s performance was his off-speed stuff, which nobody could quite identify beyond, “It looked really hard to hit.”

Feliz’s stellar debut leaves just two preseason Top Ten prospects – Atlanta’s Jason Heyward and San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner – without major league experience.

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