January 8, 2013
What Will Become of Neftali Feliz?
Neftali Feliz enjoyed early big-league success as a reliever, then was moved into the rotation and got hurt. In a recent chat, reader AJ wondered what might become of Feliz, who had Tommy John surgery last August and is on-target for a return in the second half of 2013. My answer waffled, but I mentioned the risk of making such a conversion.
In the chat, I cited Byung-Hyun Kim as a cautionary tale. Have there been others?
After trying several criteria, I settled on all pitchers who had made at least 150 big-league appearances by age 24, with 95 percent of games as a reliever but at least one start. This yields 13 names, which we'll call Group A: