TR Sullivan is reporting that Neftali Feliz has been promoted (link). He will see action out of the Rangers' bullpen. No word yet on who will be removed from the 25- and 40-man rosters to make room for 21 year old with the triple digit fastball.
Seven reasons to be excited about the promotion of Neftali Feliz:
•Kevin Goldstein thinks that Neftali could be the Rangers closer by September link
•Is his fastball really an 80 pitch as some have suggested? That would rank Feliz’ pitch alongside Mariano Rivera’s cutter as one of the most devastating pitches in the game.
•Before the season began, Baseball America liked Feliz even more than Derek Holland link
•After months of mystery, you can decide whether his breaking ball is a slider or a curve. For what it is worth, Neftali says it is a slider link.
•There have been suggestions that Feliz’ change-up is becoming an above average pitch link.
•Since moving to the RedHawks’ bullpen, Feliz has given up 9 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs while striking out 20 in 15.2 innings. That’s right, he has more strikeouts that hits, walks, and runs combined.