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2015 TCB Astros March Madness: Teoscar Hernandez vs. Michael Feliz

Another good match today; two more top prospects duke it out, with only one advancing. Position player or pitcher!?

Just a reminder; voting will stay open for 24 hours for each of these match-ups, and there will be two match-ups per day. For a complete breakdown, check out the introductory post if you haven't already. Get those votes in while you can!

Round One, Match Fourteen

Teoscar Hernandez, OF

Hernandez has some combination of all five tools - a strong arm in the outfield, decent speed, power to spare, a good glove. But it’s his hit tool that will ultimately determine his value in the major leagues. Hernandez has struggled with pitch recognition in the minors, and 2014 was no exception. He struck out 25.7% of the time in Lancaster, but paired it with a 10.8% walk rate. That contact is his only real concern, as he pairs quick-twitch athleticism with a baseball body (6’2", 180 pounds, lean and muscular) to bring a nice power/speed combo to the system. -- Anthony Boyer


Michael Feliz, RHP

A 6’4", 210-pound, 21-year-old right-hander out of the Dominican Republic, Feliz has an impressive scouting profile - he pairs a mid-nineties fastball that’s been clocked as high as 99, with a major league slider, giving him one of the best one-two punches in the system. Feliz was originally signed by the A’s in 2010, but he lost that contract when he failed a PED test, later signing with the Astros for less money. After a slow ascent through the domestic rookie leagues, Feliz exploded in the New York-Penn League in 2013, posting a league-leading 1.96 ERA. 2014 saw another step forward, this time in the Midwest League, prompting the Astros to make him a late addition to the 40-man roster in anticipation of the Rule 5 draft. -- Anthony Boyer