Neato Torpedo wrote:
HighHeater wrote:A guy i might be concerned with getting a shot over Feliz is Tanner Scheppers. He's been on two inning counts but I heard he's going to be stretched out come next season for their rotation. Scheppers has better stuff then Feliz and Perez in my opinion and the only thing really holding that kid back was a scare to his shoulder pre-draft. He looked like the most dominate pitcher to me in the AFL though and is putting up video game numbers in AA/AAA. He'll be up in the pen for sure in Tex this year sometime soon but i think wil get a chance before Feliz does imo.
6 BB in 8 IP so far in AAA isn't too impressive. Definitely dominant in AA but it looks like he's going to need an adjustment period before he becomes relevant on the MLB stage.
Statistical arguments shouldn't really be used for 8 inning sample sizes.
Scheppers is the kind of guy that kind fly thru a system and the only thing holding him back right now is durability (and building up his pitch counts).
The only thing holding Feliz back from the rotation is that he's in the bullpen instead of in AAA working on his secondary pitches (80% fastballs this year) and building up his pitch counts. That's not how you develop a starter but the Rangers need him in the bullpen. And i wouldn't be surprised if Scheppers is called up in August to strengthen their bullpen instead of continuing to get stretched out.
Slightly unrelated to this is the difference in handling between Feliz, Mejia and Chapman. I've comped all 3 to each other (chapman is a lefty) since they each have plus or plusplus fastballs but questionable secondary (with mejia the weakest of the 3). Feliz is closing for a competitive team, Chapman is in AAA improving as a starter and Mejia spent a month and a half working in the bullpen for a what will be an uncompetitive team. And now he has to get stretched out again.
Personally I have my doubts about whether or not Feliz makes it back into the rotation but i'm crazy jealous of the Rangers young pitching. Holland, Feliz, Scheppers and Perez.