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Potential Red Sox reliever Durbin Feltman makes pro debut

Rob Bradford
June 29, 2018 - 8:03 pm

NEW YORK -- On the day the Red Sox got bad news regarding their first-round pick, Triston Casas, announcing the third baseman underwent successful surgery on his right thumb, they did get a welcome dose of optimism from another recent draft pick.

The one player in the recent draft that most in baseball feel have the best chance at possibly contributing at the major league level this season, Durbin Feltman, made his professional debut Friday night for the Single-A Lowell Spinners.

The third-round pick out of TCU struck out the first two hitters he faced before his third batter reached via a fielding error. Feltman came back and induced a groundout to finish off his first pro inning.

The first batter Feltman fanned was Orioles 14th-round pick Doran Turchin out of the University of Illinois, with former North Carolina catcher Cody Roberts, an 11th-round pick, serving as the righty pitcher's next victim.

Appearing on the Bradfo Sho podcast, Feltman explained he would be playing his progress by ear, having just come off a dominant season as the Horned Frogs closer.

"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."

One player who made a similar jump from the draft to the major leagues was Red Sox ace Chris Sale, who recounted the experience recently when talking to WEEI.com. (To read the entire column click here.)

"The beauty of it was not knowing the magnitude of it," Sale said. "I didn’t have time to get settled to know what was going on. I was just surviving."

 

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