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Law on Font , and Feliz

form his espn blog

  • Neftali Feliz was part of Texas' substantial haul from Atlanta for Mark Teixeira last summer, but was pitching in the Appalachian League at the time and didn't get much attention when the trade occurred. Feliz has an electric arm, throwing 92-97 mph fastballs without much effort. He has a reliever's delivery, almost slinging the ball from a three-quarter to low three-quarter slot, but takes a nice long stride and explodes forward off the mound. His best secondary pitch is his changeup; he turns the pitch over well and will throw the pitch away to left-handed hitters. His slider is short with a little tilt, but he has little feel for the pitch and has trouble with it backing up on him.
  • Feliz was just the opening act for the star attraction, 17-year-old Wilmer Font. Font checks in at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds and attracted a crowd of pitchers behind the plate to watch him work. Fitting for a big guy, he has a big fastball, hitting 98 and working mostly at 93-96 mph, with good downhill plane, and he shows good command for a 17-year-old with just 45 innings of U.S. experience. There's an obvious plan to work down in the zone, and he can execute on it well given his age and history. His secondary stuff is still raw; his slider was a little ahead of his changeup, with good tilt but a long, loose break. His arm action is a little long in back, but his delivery is otherwise solid, and his velocity is very easy.
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