Tigers Prospect Profile #48: Julio Felix

Felix spent his debut season in the GCL

A 12th round draft selection out of Pima Community College in Arizona, Julio Felix was an unknown commodity. After a debut summer, he's still flying under the radar, but has turned some heads with a strong repertoire.

Julio Felix
Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Height: 6-1
Weight: 185
Born: 2/23/1992
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Acquired: 2012 Draft, 12th Round
Ranking History: N/A

Background
A 12th round pick in June out of Pima Community College, little was known about Felix at draft time, but he showed impressively in his professional debut.

Starting out in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Felix tossed 35 innings in relief, spanning 17 games. He finished with a 4-2 record for the GCL Tigers and notched a 4.11 ERA. His 29 hits allowed and only eight walks stand out on his statistical record and that earned him a one-game cameo with High-A Lakeland late in the year.

Scouting Report
What Felix lacks in height, he makes up for with a thick, almost stocky frame. Built for power and durability, Felix displayed both this summer with good velocity and the ability to toss multiple innings on a regular basis.

Felix has a relatively simple delivery and works consistently from the same arm slot with all of his pitches. He pounds the strike zone with both his four-seam and two-seam fastballs, reaching 96 mph with the former. His two-seamer appears heavy and is very difficult for hitters to lift.

With a slider and change-up also in his arsenal, Felix has the ingredients to keep hitters off balance. His slider is more of a one-plane, horizontal breaker that works in the 80-82 mph range. While the pitch has fringy projection, it offers enough break to be effective against right-handed hitters.

Felix's change-up is a nice third pitch. He maintains excellent arm speed, giving him good deception, combined with arm-side fade. The pitch is an excellent change-of-pace and he is willing to use it any count.

The overall profile lacks upside, but Felix has the potential to be a middle reliever at the big-league level. His three-pitch mix, heavy two-seam fastball and ability to reach back for 94-96 mph with his four-seamer, gives him some modest big league projection.

Performance

Level

Team

W-L

ERA

G

GS

SV

SO

BB

IP

BAA

R

GCL Tigers

4-2

4.11

17

0

2

29

8

35.0

.225

A+

Lakeland

0-0

9.00

1

0

0

0

0

1.0

.400


Health Record
Felix has not had any significant injuries in his career.

Projection
With only GCL experience under his belt, Felix will enter spring training with a chance to earn a spot in the West Michigan bullpen. With a strong performance early in the year, he could be on the move to High-A at some point, but at only 21-years old for the entire 2013 season, there's no sense in rushing him too much. With a normal progression for a reliever and assuming he performs well, Felix could be on the radar as a possible big-league call-up in 2015.

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