Michael Feliz   Pitcher

       
 
Born: June 28, 1993
Birthplace: Azua, DR
Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: Minor league free agent (Dec. 2021)

Photo © milb.com
Pronunciation: fuh-LEEZ
First Pro Contract: May 26, 2010 (HOU)
Signing Scout: N/A
Signing Bonus: N/A
   
Pro Debut: June 2010 (DSL Astros)
MLB Debut: May 31, 2015 (HOU)
   
Twitter: @laflechaazuana
Instagram: @michaelfeliz68


Outrighted and elected free agency (July 2022)
 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Large, thick frame. Maxed out physically, no remaining projection. Below-average athlete.

Mechanics: Over-the-top delivery starting from the third base side. Medium leg kick. Fairly effortful delivery that is disconcerting for hitters. Has a lot of moving parts and stiff body. Arm action includes a hook behind. Hides the ball well behind his body and is quick coming forward. Fades to first base side after release.

Fastball: 93-96 mph. Pitch shows natural cut. Below-average command and control. Used to throw harder when he was younger, but as velocity has diminished, so has his effectiveness with the pitch. Average offering.

Slider: 80-82 mph. Short, vertical shape. Pitch will flash depth and bite when he snaps it off. Above-average offering.

Changeup: 84-86 mph. Clear third pitch, used rarely. Didn’t throw in outings scouted in 2022.
  Career Notes: Was traded from Houston to Pittsburgh as part of the Gerrit Cole trade in 2018. Spent a very short amount of time with the Red Sox organization in August/September 2021 as an MLB depth reliever before being claimed off waivers by Oakland. Returned to the organization as a minor league free agent in December 2021, receiving an invitation to Major League spring training. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Declined to exercise May 15, 2022 opt-out. Was recalled to Boston on July 7 and designated for assignment on July 9 after one appearance. Elected free agency after being outrighted.

Summation: An emergency, up-and-down arm who can be recalled in pinch without too much worry about having to designate him for assignment when his roster spot is needed. Slider is his best pitch, but his fastball gets hit hard, limiting his upside and staying power. Good arm to have in the system, but unlikely to turn into a consistent major league contributor.

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    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2010 DSL Astros Dsl Rk Hou 17 0 1 4.26 3 3 0 12.2 9 7 6 1 1 3 13 0.95 9.24 2.13
  2011 GCL Astros GCL Rk Hou 18 0 3 4.32 12 10 0 50.0 53 35 24 2 1 21 44 1.48 7.92 3.78
  2012 GCL Astros GCL Rk Hou 19 5 0 1.64 7 3 0 38.1 25 8 7 2 1 9 35 0.89 8.22 2.11
  2012 Greeneville Astros App Rk Hou 19 1 1 5.13 6 6 0 26.1 28 16 15 1 0 14 28 1.59 9.57 4.78
  2013 Tri City ValleyCats NYPL A- Hou 20 4 2 1.96 14 10 1 69.0 53 19 15 2 3 13 78 0.96 10.17 1.70
  2014 Quad Cities River Bandits Midw A Hou 21 8 6 4.03 25 19 0 102 104 53 46 6 5 37 111 1.37 9.73 3.24
  2015 Lancaster Jethawks Calif A+ Hou 22 1 1 4.41 8 5 0 32.2 30 19 16 2 0 12 33 1.29 9.09 3.31
  2015 Corpus Christi Hooks Tex AA Hou 22 6 3 2.17 15 12 1 78.2 52 19 19 5 0 20 70 0.92 8.01 2.29
  2015 Houston Astros AL MLB Hou 22 0 0 7.88 5 0 0 8.0 9 7 7 2 1 4 7 1.63 7.88 4.50
  2016 Fresno Grizzlies PCL AAA Hou 23 1 0 9.72 2 2 0 8.1 8 9 9 1 0 7 7 1.80 7.56 7.56
  2016 Houston Astros AL MLB Hou 23 8 1 4.43 47 0 0 65.0 55 33 32 10 0 22 95 1.18 13.15 3.05
  2017 Quad Cities River Bandits Midw A Hou 24 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 18.00 0.00
  2017 Corpus Christi Hooks Tex AA Hou 24 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.00 9.00 9.00
  2017 Houston Astros AL MLB Hou 24 4 2 5.63 46 0 0 48.0 53 31 30 8 0 22 70 1.56 13.13 4.13
  2018 Indianapolis Indians IL AAA Pit 25 2 1 7.20 9 0 2 10.0 13 8 8 2 0 1 12 1.40 10.80 0.90
  2018 Pittsburgh Pirates NL MLB Pit 25 1 2 5.66 47 0 0 47.2 49 33 30 6 3 23 55 1.51 10.38 4.34
  2018 Tigres del Licey LIDOM Wint --- 25 1 0 1.69 5 0 0 5.1 2 1 1 1 0 0 5 0.38 8.44 0.00
  2019 Indianapolis Indians IL AAA Pit 26 0 0 1.20 10 0 2 15.0 13 2 2 1 1 7 22 1.33 13.20 4.20
  2019 Pittsburgh Pirates NL MLB Pit 26 4 4 3.99 58 1 0 56.1 44 27 25 11 2 27 73 1.26 11.66 4.31
  2020 Pittsburgh Pirates NL MLB Pit 27 0 0 32.40 3 0 0 1.2 4 6 6 1 1 2 2 3.60 10.80 10.80
  2021 Pittsburgh Pirates NL MLB Pit 28 0 0 2.35 7 0 0 7.2 8 3 2 0 0 1 8 1.17 9.39 1.17
  2021 Dayton Dragons HAC A+ Cin 28 0 2 15.00 3 1 0 3.0 4 5 5 2 0 1 5 1.67 15.00 3.00
  2021 Louisville Bats TAE AAA Cin 28 1 0 1.98 13 0 0 13.2 8 3 3 0 1 1 15 0.66 9.88 0.66
  2021 Cincinnati Reds NL MLB Cin 28 0 0 8.79 9 0 1 6.2 13 12 12 2 0 4 9 1.81 12.15 5.40
  2021 Worcester Red Sox TAE AAA Bos 28 1 0 0.00 2 0 0 2.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.50 18.00 0.00
  2021 Boston Red Sox AL MLB Bos 28 0 0 3.38 4 0 0 5.1 4 2 2 2 0 1 5 0.94 8.44 1.69
  2021 Oakland Athletics AL MLB Oak 28 0 0 0.00 1 0 0 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 6.00 0.00 0.00
  2021 Ligres del Licey LIDOM Wint --- 28 1 0 0.00 4 0 0 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 6 1.33 9.00 18.00
  2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 29 0 1 3.28 18 3   24.2 20 10 9 1 0 9 28 1.18 10.22 3.28
  2022 Boston Red Sox AL MLB  Bos 29 0 0 2.70 1 0 0 3.1 1 2 1 1 0 2 4 0.90 10.80 5.40
  2022 St. Paul Saints IL AAA Min 29 3 1 2.19 18 0 2 24.2 12 8 6 0 2 10 24 0.89 8.76 3.65
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2013 New York Penn League All-Star
2014 Futures Game All-Star
Midwest League Pitcher of the Week (August 5-11, 2014)
Texas League Pitcher of the Week (August 4-10, 2015)
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