Felix Villegas

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Felix Villegas

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Biographical Information[edit]

Felix Villegas has pitched professionally in the USA, Taiwan and Mexico.

Villegas was picked out of college by the Boston Red Sox in the 22nd round of the 2000 amateur draft. He made his pro debut with the Lowell Spinners, going 4-6 with a 5.02 ERA in 16 appearances (10 starts). In 2001, he went 2-5 with 6 saves and a 3.59 ERA for the Augusta GreenJackets; the ERA is somewhat deceptive as he allowed a very high percentage of unearned runs. His RA was 6.00.

During 2002, the Chicago-born hurler split time between the Sarasota Red Sox (1-1, 7 Sv, 2.52, .175 opponent average in 29 G) and the Trenton Thunder (1-2, 3.20 in 12 G). In 2003, he again spent time at both AA and high A, this time with Sarasota (1-2, 1.23 in 10 G) and the Portland Sea Dogs (1-8, 6.37).

In 2004, the Muscatine alumnus pitched for the independent Atlantic City Surf (3.38 in 4 G) before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies chain. With Philadelphia, the right-hander was 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 31 outings for the Reading Phillies, allowing only a .206 average but walking more than a batter every other inning.

Villegas repeated 2005 with Reading (2-2, 5.67, .308 average in 26 G) and Atlantic City (2-3, 5 Sv, 4.23 in 23 G). He pitched for Puerto Rico in the 2005 Baseball World Cup (being of Puerto Rican descent), allowing 8 hits, 6 walks and 6 runs in 7 1/3 IP. He did get the save in a win over Taiwan.

In 2006, Felix was 0-4 with 6 saves and a 5.75 ERA in 29 games for the Macoto Cobras of Taiwan. Villegas came to the Mexican League in 2008 to pitch for the Saraperos de Saltillo. He went 10-2 with 3 saves and a 3.40 ERA, fanning 115 in 119 innings. He tied Francisco Campos for the league lead in strikeouts.