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Nick Felix credited coach, made pros: Baseball Profiles

Nick Felix 1990 San Bernardino Spirit card

Pitcher Nick Felix improved at Mesa Community College and he credited his coach Roger Schmuck with getting him to do so, The Arizona Republic wrote in April 1987.

"I was pretty lazy," Felix admitted to The Republic then. "He really kicked me in the butt. He really put me in my place and made me work hard."

Felix eventually worked hard enough to move to a larger school, Texas A&M, and to turn pro. He ultimately saw six seasons. He topped out at AA.

Felix' career began in 1988, taken by the Mariners in the 12th round of the draft out of Texas A&M.

Felix started with the Mariners between short-season Bellingham and single-A San Bernardino. He went 4-1 between them, with a 1.18 ERA in 31 relief appearances.

He moved to single-A Wausau for most of 1989. He went 4-5 there, with a 5.35 ERA in 38 outings, six starts.

Felix played all of 1990 at San Bernardino, then moved to the Rangers system for 1991. He saw 29 games that year at high-A Port Charlotte and 11 games at AA Tulsa.

He moved to the Padres system mid-year in 1992, after being released by the Rangers. He played at high-A High Desert. 

"I've talked to coaches, and they said just because one organization doesn't want me, doesn't mean another one doesn't," Felix told The San Bernardino County Sun after signing with the Padres that June.

He picked up a win in relief in an August game, one of two-straight games where he got the win, The Victorville Daily Press wrote.

"I just wanted to hold them right where they were and keep it close," Felix told The Daily Press. "The way we are swinging the bats, I knew we would score some runs.

Felix moved to AA Wichita for 1993. He saw 27 relief appearances there before playing 15 more with the Brewers at AA El Paso. He saw 42 relief outings overall, with a 4.32 ERA to end his career.

Nick Felix 1990 San Bernardino Spirit card

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:4,356
Made the Majors:1,403-32.2%
Never Made Majors:2,953-67.8%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:571
10+ Seasons in the Minors:352

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