Rays Winter Ball Recap: Jesus Feliciano Moves Into 3-Hole With A Bang

By Robbie Knopf

On Monday, 43 players in baseball lost their jobs as their respective teams non-tendered them. But getting let go is not always a bad thing. Most of the 43 will get the opportunity to pursue free agency and attempt to find the team that appreciates them the most.Meanwhile, the holes left by the departed players give the players already on the market hope that maybe a little more consideration is on the way. Any team that just non-tendered an outfielder interested in Jesus Feliciano as Triple-A depth?

Dominican Winter League: Aguilas Cibaenas 5, Toros del Este 3

Mayo Acosta had a nice game for the Aguilas, going 2 for 4 and throwing out 1 of 2 attempted basestealers. He’s hitting a decent .250 in 18 DWL games. Joey Terdoslavich also had a sac fly in the win for Cibaenas while Hector Luna went 0 for 3 with a walk for Este.

Roberto Clemente Professional Baseball League: Congrejeros de Santurce 7, Gigantes de Carolina 3

Often a player’s performance causes his manager to move him up in the lineup. Sometimes it can be the other way around–moving up in the lineup can get a player excited and cause him to perform better. Both components were in play for Jesus Feliciano in his first game in the third spot in the Carolina order. Feliciano went 4 for 4 with a double, a walk, and an RBI to up his line to .358/.427/.433 on the RCPBL season. He is not hitting for much power, but he is doing everything else, including hitting lefties as a left-handed hitter. On Monday, he faced off against former Rays prospect James Houser, a lefty, and went 3 for 3 against him to raise his OPS against them to .972 in 39 plate appearances. But Houser did pitch well otherwise, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits in 5.1 innings with 4 strikeouts agianst no walks, and he departed with Santurce up 3-2. Houser is also having a nice season, managing a 3.03 ERA and a 21-8 strikeout to walk ratio in 29.2 innings pitched. Both Feliciano and Houser appeared in the major leagues as recently as 2010 before slipping into unaffiliated ball, and they will hope to keep playing well and get some consideration major league teams.