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Red Sox 3rd-round pick Durbin Feltman on Bradfo Sho discusses possibility of joining Red Sox this season

Connor Donahue
June 11, 2018 - 10:52 am

The Red Sox selected TCU reliever Durbin Feltman in the third round of last week's MLB draft and many scouts believe Feltman has a chance of breaking into the major leagues this season.

The 21-year-old joined The Bradfo’ Sho podcast to discuss that possibility, among other things.

“If I get there, I get there. It’s one step at a time,” Feltman said. “Of course I know the backend [of the bullpen], [Craig] Kimbrel and [Joe] Kelly. If I make it there it’s a dream come true.”

It’s a dream that has a pretty good chance of coming true sooner rather than later.

“I’ll take it one pitch at a time. It’s what I’ve been doing since I stepped foot on TCU,” Feltman explained. “Don’t worry about making it to the majors or anything. Wherever I’m placed, that first outing when they call my number -- it’s one strike at a time.”

The closer appeared in 18 games this season for the Horned Frogs, earning six saves while striking out 43 on the way to an impressive 0.74 ERA. Batters hit just .143 against him this season.

“It got to the point this season, and this is kind of selfish, but I’d get mad when hitters would put the ball in play. I want to strike everyone out,” Feltman said. “If they induce weak contact I’m okay with that, but I feel like this year I’ve gotten to the level where I want to get everyone out that I face.”

Here are a few other highlights from the interview.

On Craig Kimbrel: “I try to model my game after him. He’s one of the best, if not the best, to ever do it in the closer position. Every time he’s on TV, anytime I get a chance to watch, I’m tuned in.”

On being a Patriots fan: “[Tom] Brady played in a Super Bowl in Houston. I was five years old at the time so we went to a bunch of the pregame stuff. I don’t know what happened. Something clicked and ever since then I’ve been following them. The Patriots have always been the team for me.”