Spring Training Preview: Starting Rotation (Ranked)

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Nick Tepesch

Sep 8, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during the game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

For the 2013 season, Nick Tepesch finished the season with a record of 4-6 with an ERA of 4.84.  Tepesch started off the season in April very strong, but his ERA climbed a bit starting in May.  Overall he pitch well for his rookie year.  Like some of the other pitchers with the Texas Rangers, Tepesch record doesn’t reflect what he truly did for the season.  During some of his outings where he pitched very well, the offense lacked the run support to give him a win.

Tepesch normally has a 4 pitch mix with a fastball, slider, curveball and a changeup.  While his fastball is in the range 89-94 MPH, it is still very effect because he has typically solid command of it.  Recently, Nick Tepesch comment that he has been working during the offseason on his changeup.

"“I threw some pretty good ones,” Tepesch said about his Tuesday session. “It’s something I’ve been focusing on this winter in my throwing program and I feel like I’ve made some strides with it. I think it’s an important pitch for just about everybody. It’s something I feel like could help me turn a corner by developing that.”  (ESPN Dallas Richard Durrett)"

For the 2014 season, Nick Tepesch will be competing to make the starting rotation for opening day.  In my opinion, he’s one of the favorites to make that list.  He has the experience, arm and command to make it.   With an improved offense, that should help his numbers and if he needs it, his confidence.