Seeing the logic behind Texas’ decision to pass up N0.1 prospect Neftali Feliz in favor of Derek Holland for a call up is becoming easier every time Feliz steps on the mound.
After walking 14 in his first 14 innings, Feliz gave up four free passes in 2 2/3 innings of work in OKC’s 8-1 loss to Omaha Monday night. It was Feliz’ shortest outing of the year and maybe his worst.
The 20-year-old has a fastball that would peel paint (101 mph on the scoreboard at The Brick last week) but he’s still working on developing his other pitches with mixed results. He has yet to have a quality start this season but you have to figure he dials down the walks and gets in a groove sooner or later.
His control problems are resulting in very short outings. In less than three innings Monday he threw 88 pitches.
Meanwhile Holland has looked good in two appearances in Arlington with a 1.69 ERA and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings. The Rangers thought Holland was a more polished product and that looks to be the case.