J.P. Feyereisen is a right-handed pitcher out of River Falls, Wisconsin. He was drafted in the 16th round of the 2014 draft by the Cleveland Indians. He is 6-foot-2 and 215 lbs.
Feyereisen got his feet wet in professional ball with the Indians’ New York-Penn league affiliate the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. His first taste of pro baseball was pure dominance. He only made 15 appearances, but he tossed 17 innings, didn’t give up a run and struck out 24 hitters. He also only walked one batter and picked up one save.
He would get his first full season in the big leagues in 2015 and his time was split between the Indians A+ affiliate (The Lynchburg Hillcats) and their A affiliate (The Lake County Captains). For the Hillcats, Feyereisen pitched to a 2.61 ERA. He appeared in 30 games, pitched 31 innings, and struck out 31 batters. In Lake County, he pitched in 16 games and had a minuscule 1.06 ERA. He saved 10 games, pitched 16.2 innings, and struck out 25 hitters.
The 2016 season started nicely for Feyereisen as he was promoted to the Double-A Akron RubberDucks. He enjoyed a solid stint for the RubberDucks going 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA over 40.1 IP. He saved five games for them will piling up 56 strikeouts. Despite having all-around good numbers, Feyereisen’s walks did go up a bit. He walked 4.5 batters per nine innings for Akron, but he would bring that down a bit before the end of the year.
In July, Feyereisen’s season was turned around when he was traded to the New York Yankees in the trade that sent Andrew Miller to the Indians. Feyereisen was immediately assigned to AA Trenton Thunder. For the Thunder, he pitched in 9 games with 18 IP, and a 0.50 ERA. He was 3-0 and struck out 22 batters.
Feyereisen spent his most recent season split between the Trenton Thunder and the AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. He only appeared in 13 games for the Thunder, but he pitched to a 2.70 ERA, saved three games, and struck out 18 batters over 20 IP.
He spent most of his season pitching for the RailRiders after being promoted. Feyereisen was 2-3 for SWB and had a 3.53 ERA. He pitched in 24 games and had 43.1 IP. He struck out 42 batters over that span.
Feyereisen spent the entire 2018 season in Triple-A with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he appeared in 37 games out of the bullpen. He earned a 6-6 record with a 3.45 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 60 innings of work.
Feyereisen’s best pitch is, by far, his fastball. It sits in the mid-’90s, but once in a while, it will get close to triple digits. It is his most used pitch and he often just tries to blow it by batters.
He also sports a slider as a secondary pitch, but it is a work in progress. It can be good at times, but he needs to be able to throw it more consistently for it to become a weapon for him. He also toys around with a changeup, but he very rarely uses it.
Overall Feyereisen’s control isn’t terrible, and he doesn’t walk too many batters. He is mechanically sound, but his command needs a lot of work.
Feyereisen is a lock to return to Triple-A and pitch out of the bullpen for the RailRiders. But do not rule out the hard throwing right-handed pitcher making his major league debut in 2019.