It’s almost unfair. To watch Pedro Feliciano work a pitchers mound against young Double-A batters is to watch a master craftsman applying his craft to a gaggle of apprentices. Feliciano defines what it means to pitch, not to throw a baseball.
The former workhorse of the major league Mets, the 36-year old lefthanded relief specialist is working to prove he still has something left, something that could matter at the big league level. So far, Feliciano’s Double-A audition is supporting evidence to argue his case.
In 12 appearances on the mound as a B-Met, Feliciano has been brilliant. Feliciano has pitched 12.1 innings allowing 2 runs giving him a sparkling 1.46 earned run average. Only 8 hits allowed and one base-on-balls leave the seasoned veteran with an improbable WHIP of 0.73.
It’s not the standard statistics alone that tell Feliciano’s Double-A story. It’s the high volume of missed bats, as the crafty lefty expertly mixes his pitches and nibbles, nibbles, nibbles around the peri...