Feigl’s Fall Has Fans in a Frenzy
Oct. 19, 2017
By Davis McCool, OleMissSports.com
OXFORD, Miss. – Veteran pitcher Brady Feigl has been on a tear throughout the fall scrimmage season, and has quickly established himself as a dominant force in the pitching rotation with only a few months to go before the season opener. Feigl currently leads all eligible pitchers with a 1.29 ERA and 19 strikeouts through five weekends of scrimmage play, and he has shown no signs of slowing down.
Head Coach Mike Bianco is certainly familiar with the talent that he has in Feigl, with this being his fourth year with the program, but the junior’s numbers this fall are surpassing his previous years in a Rebel jersey.
“Obviously, regardless of where we would be, Brady is one of the anchors and veterans of the staff being a fourth-year guy, and he brings that element of leadership and talent,” Bianco said. “In the fall, where he’s holding out five guys, when you just look out at the field, Brady is undoubtedly one of the most talented on the field.”
One point of focus in the offseason for Feigl is consistency, and ensuring that he can be at his best whenever he steps on the mound.
“I think a big change for this upcoming year is going to be consistency for me,” Feigl said. “If you look at last year, I got in trouble when I couldn’t get my slider in the zone, and a lot of it was mental, but I’ve sat down with Coach Bianco and we’ve talked about what I need to do to get better. Expectations-wise for the season, I will do anything that is asked of me. As long as we’re moving towards the goal, I don’t care how I’m making this team better.”
Feigl has had a tumultuous tenure at Ole Miss, especially after his career in a Rebel uniform began with Tommy John surgery. During his first year, Feigl was redshirted due to the surgery, and did not step on to the field until his second year in Oxford.
“Honestly, going through Tommy John as a freshman was kind of a blessing,” Feigl said. “I was able to learn the system here and stay invested in the program through the coaching staff, and I learned a lot by just watching. When I came back the next year, I was ready to jump in.”
The right-hander certainly bounced back, and performed worthy enough to earn a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American bid after posting a 4-0 record with 39 strikeouts and a 3.76 ERA in his debut season.
Feigl has performed a multitude of roles in the bullpen, too, including that of weekend starter for a brief period last year. In 2017, his consistency faltered at times early in the season, but he eventually found his groove and finished with 54 strikeouts and a 4.08 ERA in 53 IP.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s as talented as anybody we have,” Bianco said. “What he did as a freshman was tremendous, and one of the reasons we were so successful. Last year, we started him, and he wasn’t as consistent as we needed him to be, and he got moved back to the bullpen. He’s also the guy who started the do-or-die game in the SEC Tournament last year, so obviously we think he’s capable.”
Feigl also had the opportunity to hear his name called at the 2017 MLB Draft, as he was selected in the 35th Round by the Los Angeles Angels. He turned down the offer, however, and the one driving factor that led him back to Ole Miss for another year was the pursuit of Omaha.
“Omaha is the goal,” Feigl said. “Since my class has showed up, we haven’t won a postseason game, and we’re going to change that this year. With the guys that we have and the new pieces that we brought in, I think we’re going to be really good, and Omaha is definitely on the table.”
Omaha is always the end goal for this Rebel team, but with the depth of the pitching staff this season, Bianco is liking his chances this year.
“I think it will be very intriguing leading into the season, because we have so many improved pitchers from last year,” Bianco said. “When you look at baseball as a whole, the teams that pitch it the best usually have the most success, so that’s why we’re so excited about the depth of our staff.”
With the fall that he is having, Feigl has certainly thrown his name in the mix for a starting role in the pitching staff, but with abounding talent in the bullpen this year, competition is stiff.
“It’s healthy competition, because we all want to see each other do well,” Feigl said. “Say I go out there and throw well one game, then that’s going to push the guy behind me to perform even better, and we’re just going to be chasing each other, and in the end, that makes us better as a team. We support each other, because if one guy goes out there and does it, we all can, and we’re a better team because of that.”
Either way, Feigl’s fall has certainly prepared him to make a big impact for the pitching staff this year when the season rolls around in February.
“He (Feigl) is super talented, and when you’re throwing with that kind of stuff, it’s correlating with success,” Bianco said.
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