Neftali Feliz Wins American League Rookie of the Year
Neftali Feliz was voted the American League Rookie of the Year on Monday, edging out Detroit's Austin Jackson and Minnesota's Danny Valencia.
Feliz recorded 40 saves this year as the Texas Rangers reached the postseason and went all the way to the World Series before losing to the San Francisco Giants.
"I hope it's not a fluke. I hope I have a better season next year," Feliz said to reporters yesterday.
Feliz received 20 first-place votes, seven second-place votes and one third-place vote, and was listed on all 28 ballots.
Feliz went 4-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 59 games and his 40 saves was the rookie record for most saves in a season. Not bad for a guy who didn't plan on being the closer this year.
Frank Francisco was the original closer, but early struggles pulled Feliz, who was trying to become a starting pitcher for the Rangers, into the role.
"At first, I didn't feel very comfortable," Feliz said to reporters. "I prepared as hard as I could to win a spot in the rotation. It didn't work out."
However, the move clearly worked out for the Rangers as Feliz only blew three saves in the regular season.
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