Pedro Feliz

Pedro Julio Feliz (born April 27, 1975), is a Dominican former professional baseball third baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, and St. Louis Cardinals.[1]

Pedro Feliz
Feliz with the Philadelphia Phillies
Third baseman
Born: (1975-04-27) April 27, 1975
Ázua de Compostela, Dominican Republic
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 5, 2000, for the San Francisco Giants
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 2010, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average.250
Home runs140
Runs batted in598
Career highlights and awards
Men's baseball
Representing  Dominican Republic
Central American and Caribbean Games
2014 Veracruz Team

Feliz hit 20 or more home runs in four of his first five seasons as a starting third baseman and was an above-average fielder at that position.[2] He spent the first eight years of his MLB career with the San Francisco Giants (2000–2007), before signing a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, in 2008.

Baseball career

Minor leagues

Feliz was signed by the San Francisco Giants, as an amateur free agent, on February 7, 1994.[1] He spent parts of seven seasons in the Giants' farm system before being called up to the Giants when the rosters expanded, in September 2000.[3]

San Francisco Giants

Feliz played for the Giants from 2000 to 2007 and was their only homegrown position player, from 2002 through 2007.[2] After a few seasons coming off the bench and starting occasionally, a number of Giants players sustained injuries, allowing him to become a regular player, in 2004. Feliz filled in for regular Edgardo Alfonzo for 51 games at third base, spelled J. T. Snow for 70 games at first base, appeared in 20 games at shortstop, and played four games in the outfield. With the bat, Feliz posted career highs in batting average (BA) (.276), HR (22), runs batted in (RBI) (84), at-bats (AB) (603), and games played (G) (144), that season.

Feliz had moved around defensively throughout his early big league career, especially during the Giants' injury-riddled 2005 season. By 2007, he had settled into the role of the Giants' starting third baseman.

Although Feliz was a decent power hitter, his career batting average prior to the 2006 season was only .255, and he seldom walked, as evidenced by his on-base percentage (OBP) never surpassing the .305 mark, and his OPS never exceeding .793. He has often been criticized for his lack of patience at the plate.[2] In 2006, Feliz struck out a career-high 112 times.

On June 8, 2007, in a game against the Oakland Athletics, Feliz played catcher for the first time in his major league career.[4] During that game, the Giants' starting catcher Bengie Molina was lifted from the game, as part of a double switch. Their backup catcher, Eliézer Alfonzo, was injured on a play at the plate and had to leave the game, in the 10th inning. With the Giants out of position players, Feliz moved to catcher, Randy Winn moved from center field to third, Dan Ortmeier moved from right field to center, and pitcher Noah Lowry came into the game in right. After the season, Feliz was honored with a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding third baseman in MLB in 2007.[5]

Following the 2007 season, Felix sought a 3-year contract extension from the Giants, as his previous contract had come to a conclusion; however, the team declined to make such an offer. Feliz declined salary arbitration, instead filing for free agency.[6]

Philadelphia Phillies

On January 31, 2008, Feliz signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.[7] The Giants had offered Feliz more guaranteed money, but Feliz felt alienated by the Giants' demeanor during contract negotiations. In 2008, struggling with an inflamed lower back, Feliz's power declined from previous seasons,[8] but on October 29, 2008, he delivered one of the most important base hits in Phillies history, when he knocked in Eric Bruntlett, to plate the winning run, in Philadelphia's Game 5, World Series-clinching win over the Tampa Bay Rays.[9]

On November 8, 2009, Philadelphia management declined to exercise Feliz's option for the 2010 season, thereby making him a free agent, once again.

Houston Astros

On December 10, 2009, Feliz signed a free agent, $4 million, 1-year deal, with the Houston Astros.[10]

St. Louis Cardinals

On August 19, 2010, the Astros traded Feliz to the St. Louis Cardinals, in exchange for cash considerations and pitcher David Carpenter.

Kansas City Royals

On February 3, 2011, Feliz was signed to a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) deal by the Kansas City Royals, with an invitation to Spring Training. On March 27, he was released.[1]

Minor leagues redux

Feliz signed with the Camden Riversharks in the independent leagues on May 13, 2011.[11] On August 10, 2011, Feliz signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres and was assigned to the Triple-A Tucson Padres.[12] Pedro returned to the Riversharks for the 2012 season.[13][14]

Personal life

Feliz and his wife Niurka Mateo were married in December 2002. They have 3 daughters and one son[15]


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  2. Schulman, Henry (January 29, 2008). "Feliz Heading To Philadelphia". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  3. "Pedro Feliz 2000 Batting Game Logs". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  4. "Oakland Athletics 5, San Francisco Giants 3". Retrosheet. June 8, 2007. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  5. "The 2007 Awards". The Fielding Bible. Archived from the original on November 10, 2010. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  6. Haft, Chris (December 8, 2007). "Feliz declines arbitration". Major League Baseball. Retrieved December 22, 2007.
  7. Mandel, Ken (January 31, 2008). "Phillies solidify hot corner with Feliz". Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. "Transactions". Retrieved October 31, 2008.
  9. "Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 3". Retrosheet. October 27–29, 2008. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  10. Astros sign third baseman Feliz
  11. Links, Zach (May 13, 2011). "Camden Riversharks Sign Pedro Feliz". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
  12. Nicholson-Smith, Ben (August 11, 2011). "Padres To Sign Pedro Feliz". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved August 11, 2011.
  13. Barna, John (June 14, 2012). "Pedro Feliz, one time member of Phillies, agrees to play for Camden Riversharks". Advance Publications. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  14. "Pedro Feliz Minor, Winter, & Independent Leagues Stats". Sports Reference LLC. 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  15. Pedro Feliz; MLB Biography and Career Highlights
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