How did he get here?: Signed as undrafted free agent prior to 2008 season
Stats: 6'0", 180 lbs, Throws: Right
Age as of April 1, 2011: 21
Previous Years (2008-09)
Well, if a train is heading east at 60mph, and Rafael Feliz is pitching, how long before they crash? 2010 was just a train wreck of a season for Feliz. Not only did he give up over an earned run per inning, but it's not like he was particularly unlucky - with an FIP of 7.72 to go along with it.
What went right?
Well, if we're going to pick something, it's going to be away games. He pitched in seven games on the road, for 11IP, and posted a 5.73 ERA/1.55 WHIP - walking eight.
What went wrong?
Just about everything else, but when he wasn't walking batters (an average of 1.36 per inning pitched) he was giving up fly balls and line drives. He only got 38.2% of his in-play balls on the ground, with 14.5% line drives, and 36.4% fly balls. So he didn't hit the strike zone often, but when he did, the ball was crushed.
Feliz may be the first pitcher I've seen with a BB/9 and Hits/9 ratio over 10.0.