J.P. Feyereisen was born February 7, 1993 and raised in River Falls, Wisconsin and went to River Falls High School. He converted to a pitcher as a junior after spending much of his youth as a third baseman.
After high school, Feyereisen attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point (the same college as Jordan Zimmermann) with the intention of becoming a teacher. Between his freshman and sophomore seasons, he added 35 pounds to his 6’2” frame, bringing him up to 215. The added size resulted in more velocity, raising his fastball to 94 MPH. He also pitched in the Northwood Summer League, garnering attention. Baseball America ranked him as the top Division III prospect in 2014.
After signing with the Indians, he was sent to their NY-Penn League affiliate at Mahoning Valley. He completely dominated during his time there. He appeared in 15 games, amassing 17 innings. He only allowed nine hits and one walk, good for a 0.59 WHIP. He won 3 games and saved another 4, all without allowing an earned run and striking out 24 (12.71/9).
Feyereisen began the 2015 season in Lo-A Lake County and was promoted to Hi-A Lynchburg. Combined he went 1-1 with 12 saves and a 2.08 ERA. In 47.2 innings, he struck out 56 batters, allowed 30 hit and walked another 16. His WHIP was 0.97, while striking out 10.6 per 9.
He spent the entire 2016 season in the Eastern League. His time began with Akron, an affiliate of the Indians, and concluded as a member of the Trenton Thunder. He was part of the package that enticed the New York Yankees to ship Andrew Miller to the American League Champion Indians at the trade deadline.
He earned recognition as a league all-star and combined to go 7-3 with a 1.70 ERA. He threw 58.1 innings over 42 appearances, producing a 1.1 WHIP along with 12k/9. After the season, he was invited to pitch in the Arizona Fall League as well as attend spring training as a non-roster invitee. In Arizona, he went 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA, striking out 18 in his 14 innings.
Per Baseball America, Feyereisen topped off throwing 100 MPH. The right-hander obviously has the plus-plus heater. He enjoys going right after batters and overpowering them. His manager for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the AZ FL was Tom Goodwin. He said this of Feyereisen “Good presence out there. He wants the ball in any situation, and those guys don’t grow on trees”.
He needs to command his fastball within the strike zone. He also must further develop his off-speed pitches, as Major-Leaguers can hit fastballs. He throws a slider and changeup on occasion.
Above and Beyond
Growing up, his older sister Tessa was an athlete he admired.
He is a fan of the Green Bay Packers in the NFL and Minnesota Wild in the NHL.
He enjoys going to local schools in Wisconsin to work with the kids on baseball.
He is an avid outdoorsman that loves to fish and hunt.
He still routinely hangs out with his high school buddies, often playing competitive games of ping pong, cards, and darts.
The 24-year old was 1.5 years younger than the competition in the Eastern League last year. He figures to start the year in Scranton, pitching out of the bullpen for the RailRiders. Feyereisen is rule 5 eligible at the end of the season. My guess is that he is added to the 40-man roster early in the season and he spends much of the summer bouncing between Scranton and New York. He could be an important member of Manager Joe Girardi’s bullpen.