Neftali Feliz: Starter or Closer?

Last year Neftali Feliz busted onto the scene as the Rangers new bullpen star. He was going to be the set up man before then closer, Frankie Francisco would come in to finish it. That lasted all of two or three weeks and the young kid took over closing duties. The Rangers rode his 100mph fast ball to 40+ saves and a World Series appearance.

Now at the end of the year, it was known he would be returning to the closers role. But as the team arrived at Spring Training, there was talk to move him to a starter. At first he said he didn’t want to do that, but would do what the team wanted. Then a week later, he comes out and says that he would like to start. So which is it? Sounds like he is being pushed into the starters role and he really doesn’t want to do that.

There is an old saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and the Rangers are trying to do that, by compensating for a weak starting rotation. But Neftali doesn’t have enough pitches to last 5+ innings without getting drilled. This is the Rookie of the year and the best young closer in the AL. Why you would want to move that weapon is beyond me. Neftali Feliz needs to stay as a closer until he develops more pitches and can show that he has the where with all to last at least 6 innings. I hope the Rangers will rethink this asinine move and not risk this kids career by rushing him to the rotation.

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4 thoughts on “Neftali Feliz: Starter or Closer?

  1. We need starting pitchers with the stay power of 6-7 innings. I don’t know that Neftali has that yet. Until he does, he should stay our closer. He is a darn good one for us!!!


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  3. I agree totally. He’s good because he throws total heat for one inning and they can’t catch up. If he pitches the whole game they will figure him out on the second or third rotation. Please, leave him where he is. Pay him the money, just don’t move him. He’s not ready yet.

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