Position: Right-handed Pitcher
Feeney was no stranger to the draft process when the Tigers made him a 31st round choice in 2008, having already been drafted by the Royals in the 39th round of the 2007 draft.
Feeney put together a strong career with Northern Illinois, working primarily as a starter during his final three years on campus. In thirteen starts for NIU in 2008, Feeney finished with a 6-4 record and three complete games. His efforts earned him accolades as a member of the All-MAC 2nd Team, and improved his draft stock as a senior sign.
As a junior, Trevor led the team in starts (14), complete games (2), and innings (98 1/3), a total that ranked third all time in the NIU single-season record books. He finished he year with a 4.30 ERA and 6-7 record.
During his professional debut, Feeney worked largely as a starter, relieving in only two of his fifteen appearances for the Oneonta Tigers. In 72 innings on the hill, Feeney compiled a 3-6 record, a loss total that ranked him sixth in the New York-Penn League. He demonstrated good command and an ability to miss bats, walking only 21 hitters and allowing only 69 hits, versus 64 strikeouts.
Feeney has an interesting and diverse arsenal that both allows him to keep hitters off balance, while also overpowering them in some instances. Though his fastball only works at 88-90 and can reach 92 on occasion, his frame and delivery don't suggest a player that can throw that hard. His fastball is ‘sneaky quick' according to one scout, and it jumps out of his hand and gets on hitters. He throws both a two-seam and four-seam variety with regularity.
Backing up his fastball, Feeney mixes in an average slider and change-up, two pitches he is confident enough to throw in any count. Neither pitch projects to improve much, but both are quality offerings that he can use to his advantage, with the slider being more of his go-to pitch.
Trevor's mechanics have been described as ‘aggressive,' but that has yet to be used in a negative connotation. He repeats his mechanics well, has a solid arm action, and he has been pretty durable. He is a good athlete, and he gets off the mound well to field his position.
Feeney could profile in any variety of roles, with the four-pitch mix to start, but also the durability and mentality to be anything from a long-man to a setup type reliever. Most scouts view him as a swingman out of the bullpen, and he has a limited window to turn that into a big league opportunity.
Performance Level Team W-L ERA G GS SV SO BB IP AVG A+
Feeney hit the DL this season with some mild arm soreness, but was back in action in short order, and there has yet to be any reported recurrence of the issue. He's been a durable pitcher throughout his college and now brief professional career; demonstrating an ability to adjust to multiple roles on the fly.
Feeney will finish out the string in Lakeland this year, after being aggressively pushed there following a solid showing in spring training. He's been a quality arm for Manager Andy Barkett this year, having started six of his 27 appearances. As he's begun facing more advanced competition, Feeney has been forced to rely on his defense more heavily, and some improvement in his command and/or his slider in order to miss more bats, would be a huge help to his prospect status.
Mark Anderson is TigsTown's Managing Editor and feature Minor League writer. He can be reached at Mark@TigsTown.com.