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 Majoning 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.
2016 started off nice 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 5 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 3 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’s best pitch is, by far, his fastball. It sits in the mid 90’s 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 a progress. It can be good at times but he needs to be able to throw it more consistently in order for it to become a weapon for him. He also toys around with a change up 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 took some big steps in 2017 when he was promoted to Triple-A but 2018 will be a very important year for him. With the way the Yankees use relievers, he can get his opportunity to make his Major League debut this year if he finds his way on to the 40-man roster. If he is going to be successful at the next level he absolutely needs to develop his breaking pitches more. Specifically, he needs to improve the command on his slider and make it more of a weapon. If he does that he can throw his fastball with more strategy behind it rather than just trying to blow people away. The fastball/slider combination for Feyereisen can be a very good 1-2 pitch combo but it’s definitely rough around the edges. He also has something to prove this year because, even though he went unclaimed, the Yankees left him unprotected during the Rule 5 draft. If he puts the work in (and he is a hard worker) he could take some very big strides as a pitcher in 2018.