On August 3, 2014, Neris made his big league debut. The Phillies scored in the bottom of the 15th inning to give Neris his first major league victory on August 5, his MLB debut.
To make room for starting pitcher David Buchanan, he was optioned back to Lehigh Valley after his performance in the game. He pitched in just one game for the Phillies in 2014.
He appeared in 35 games with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2015.
Neris went 2-2 with a 3.79 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 40+1/3 innings with the Phillies, averaging 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He was 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 37+2/3 innings with the Lehigh Valley Lemurs.
Phillie’s bullpen warmer Hector Neris works on his delivery on April 7, 2019 in Philadelphia.
With a record of 4–4, 2 saves, and 28 holds (tied for 4th in the NL), Neris was a setup man in the Phillies bullpen in 2016, with a 2.58 earned run average (3rd in the National League).
He struck out 102 batters in 80+13 innings, averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (the second-most by a Phillies reliever, behind Dick Selma in 1970) and 31.1 percent of the players he faced.
As a member of the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic pitching staff in 2017, he threw for the team.
Neris was the Phillies’ closer in 2017. He pitched in 74 games, going 4–5 with a 3.01 ERA and 26 saves (8th in the league) (5th in the NL).
In 74+23 innings, he struck out 86 hitters, an average of 10.4 batters per nine innings worked. There was 51.3 percent of his pitches splitter-related.
How Tall Is Héctor Neris?
Héctor Neris stands at height of 1.88 m.