Commentary

Prospects shine bright on Futures stage

Updated: July 13, 2009, 1:46 AM ET
By Keith Law | Scouts Inc.
The Futures Game managers got just about every player into the game Sunday outside of scheduled World Team starter Junichi Tazawa and U.S. pitcher Madison Bumgarner despite losing two innings and more than four hours to the rain. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most impressive players in the World's 7-5 win, with more detail to come in another column on Monday.

Neftali Feliz, RHP, Texas.
We already knew he was good, but on a day when most pitchers were missing a little velocity, Feliz still sat 92-96 mph, a positive sign after he missed some time in the first half with a sore shoulder. His changeup remains his best secondary pitch, although he showed a curveball in the mid-70s with some depth, and hitters do not see his fastball well at all. He could help the Rangers in a relief role later this year, although if he's going to remain a starter long-term, he'd be better served in a long relief role rather than as a set-up guy.


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