The Milwaukee Brewers have released right-handed relief pitcher Neftali Feliz, according to the Brewers’ official Twitter account.
Feliz was absolutely brutal for the Brewers this season.
The 29-year-old made 29 appearances out of Milwaukee’s bullpen, pitching to the tune of a 6.00 ERA over 27 innings of work. He allowed 23 hits and an alarming eight home runs while striking out 21 batters and issuing 15 walks.
It’s hard to believe that Feliz was once one of the top relievers in the game.
He broke into the league with the Texas Rangers in 2009 and was considered one of the best prospects in all of baseball.
During his first season, Feliz pitched in 20 games out of the Rangers’ bullpen, allowing just 13 hits while fanning 39 batters across 31 dominant innings. In addition, he only walked eight hitters, leading to a sparkling WHIP of 0.677.
The following season, Feliz appeared in 70 games of relief and went 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA over 69.1 frames of action. He surrendered just 43 hits and struck out 71 batters, recording another terrific WHIP of 0.880. His efforts would result in his lone All-Star appearance.
However, in 2012, Feliz suffered a sprained UCL that ultimately ended in Tommy John surgery.
That was the beginning of the end for the Dominican.
Since then, it has been a rocky road for Feliz, who recorded a 6.38 ERA over 48 relief appearances between the Rangers and Detroit Tigers in 2015.
He actually had a solid bounceback season with the Pittsburgh Pirates last year, tallying a 3.52 ERA and striking out 61 hitters over 53.2 innings, but his tenure with Milwaukee in 2017 was nothing short of disastrous.