2021 Los Angeles Dodgers Player Reviews: Neftalí Féliz

Originally published by DodgerBlue.com

The Los Angeles Dodgers were linked to Neftalí Féliz in free agency after the 2016 season, but he wound up signing a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

L.A. managed to lure Féliz to the organization this year as they faced a pressing need for healthy pitchers. Although Féliz was signed to a Minor League contract in July, he didn’t get called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City until one month later.

Up that point the veteran right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA over 13 appearances for OKC. Féliz then only pitched in one game with the Dodgers prior to getting designated for assignment as a corresponding move to activating Julio Urias off the 10-day injured list.

Féliz cleared waivers and was sent outright to Oklahoma City. He returned to L.A. during the first week of September and to that point was an overall 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in 16 games (one start) for OKC.

Féliz’s time with the Dodgers again was brief as three days after a second stint with the club, he got DFA’d. The 33-year-old cleared waivers and finished out the season with Oklahoma City.

Overall, he went 2-1 with a 4.39 ERA in 20 games (one start) for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.

Féliz’s 2021 highlight

Although Féliz didn’t pitch much for the Dodgers, he allowed just one baserunner over a combined three innings across three appearances.

2022 outlook

Féliz was among the group of Dodgers Minor Leaguers who elected for free agency after the 2021 season. He may be a candidate to return in a similar role for next season, either with L.A. or another team.

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