Texas Rangers Rookie Nick Tepesch Impressive In Major League Debut
The Texas Rangers handed the baseball to rookie Nick Tepesch on Tuesday evening searching for a win against the Tampa Bay Rays. The 24 year old would have to face a formidable opponent in that of the Rays in search of his first major league victory.
Tepesch made his major league debut after beginning the season with the Triple A Round Rock Express and was impressive to say the least. Tepesch was poised to prove to the Rangers brain trust why he belongs with the big club in the Lone Star State. The Rangers had to designate veteran outfielder Julio Borbon to make room for Tepesch on the major league roster.
Tepesch took to the mound like a savvy veteran squandering one run and only four hits over 7.1 frames, while fanning five Rays hitters including Kelly Johnson and Shelley Duncan twice. Tepesch out-duelled Roberto Hernandez “The Pitcher Formerly Known As Fausto Carmona” exiting the contest with a 6-1 lead and in line for the win.
Tepesch is a product of Kansas City, Missouri drafted in the 14th round of the 2010 Amateur Baseball draft by the Rangers. The University of Missouri Columbia alumni has cruised through the minors posting a career 19-11 record with a 3.77 earned run average in 58 career minor league appearances.
The timing of the performance couldn’t come at a better time for the Rangers with Yu Darvish dealing with blister issues, Matt Harrison battling a sore back and Colby Lewis still months away from his return.
Tepesch isn’t ranked on any Top 100 Prospects lists but looks to stick with the Rangers after his successful debut performance and will attempt to hold down the 5th spot in the Rangers rotation. If he continues to own major league hitters at this pace it won’t be long before he is a household name amongst Rangers faithful in Texas.