J.P. Feyereisen will fit right in with Tampa Bay Rays
By Kasey Kuhrts
J.P. Feyereisen is making an instant impact with the Tampa Bay Rays after joining the club on Friday. Feyereisen was the main player acquired by the Rays in the Willy Adames trade.
Feyereisen has already pitched twice for the Tampa Bay Rays since being acquired. But before we get into that, let’s look into J.P. Feyereisen before his time with the Rays.
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Who is J.P. Feyereisen?
J.P. Feyereisen was drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Feyereisen pitched in the Indians system until 2016, reaching Double-A Akron, before being a part of a mega-deal between the Indians and Yankees.
It’s crazy to think Cleveland gave up all of that for Andrew Miller, but that is not the point.
J.P. Feyereisen pitched in 2017, 2018, and 2019 for the Yankees in Triple-A, but was never called up to the Bronx.
In September of 2019, Feyereisen was traded from the Yankees to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Brenny Escanio, who was 16-years-old at the time of the trade, and international bonus slot money.
Feyereisen made his MLB debut with the Brewers on July 24th, 2020. He pitched in six games with the Brewers in 2020 with a 5.79 ERA.
2021 J.P. Feyereisen
Feyereisen started the 2021 season with the Brewers and quickly turned into an important member of the back-end of the Brewers pen.
Feyereisen pitched in 15 games in April, allowing only four hits, and no earned runs.
Feyereisen continued his scoreless streak into May, before allowing his first run in his 18th appearance of the season. Pretty solid start to the season I’d say.
Now, you might be thinking, how could his ERA be 3.26 at the time of the trade? I’ll tell you.
Feyereisen had back-to-back rough outings for the Brewers, which ended up being his final outings for the crew.
Feyereisen gave up four runs against the Braves on May 16th and two runs against the Royals on May 19th. Apparently, that was enough for the Brewers.
Tampa Bay Rays J.P. Feyereisen
This brings us to J.P. Feyereisen’s Tampa Bay Rays debut. Feyereisen was thrown into the fire on Saturday night, his first day as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays. J.P. worked a scoreless 6th for the Rays, picking up a strikeout.
The Rays went back to Feyereisen in Sunday’s game after taking the lead in the top of the ninth. Feyereisen this time picked up two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth inning for the Rays, securing the win, and his first career MLB save.
Although it was tough to see Willy Adames go, this might be a rare win-win trade for both teams. Adames will provide a much-needed spark at shortstop for the Brewers, and Feyereisen will fit right into the strong Rays bullpen.
Feyereisen gives Kevin Cash another strong high-leverage option at the end of games. And we’ve learned through his first two games as a Ray, Kevin Cash isn’t scared to throw him out there.
My best guess, Feyereisen will play a huge part for the Rays in 2021, and might just become the best late-inning option in Tampa.