I haven’t had a chance to edit video or audio, so my first Kingsport post will be about a guy I didn’t see, but who brings some special velocity to the table. Tony Feliz pitched a combined 10.1 innings in the Gulf Coast League in 2008 and 2009. Why do you care? I had a scout tell me he saw him at 94-95 last year. He’s doing the same this year, coming back off Tommy John surgery. Here’s K-Mets pitching Jonathan Hurst discussing Feliz on Saturday night:
He’s been everything that we were hoping he was going to be. He’s got a nice slider at 87-88. Fastball has topped out at 97. The thing was getting him some control. He did have Tommy John last year, so we’re kinda taking him slow, giving him a chance to get out there and pitch and the time he needs to recoup.
Feliz just hasn’t played a lot of baseball. Something that we all take for granted, playing at night was a novelty for him. Again, pitching coach Hurst:
It was the first time pitching under the lights. … He was like, “wow.”
Bottom line, there aren’t a whole lot of arms in the system that can touch 97. That fact alone makes Feliz, even given his inexperience, someone to watch.