Texas Rangers Make Multiple Cuts


Mar 3, 2014; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers pitcher Nick Tepesch against the Cleveland Indians in a spring training game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers made eleven cuts yesterday, and there was one name in the list that was hopeful to be the fifth starter. Here is the full list:

Pitchers Cory Burns, Miles Mikolas, Jose Contreras, Daniel Bard (who is recovering from Thoractic Outlet Syndrome surgery) and Nick Tepesch

Fielders Andy Parrino, Patrick Cantwell, Brett Nicholas, Kensuke Tanaka, Brad Snyder and Brian Peterson were also sent to minor league camp.

The big name to which I was referring is obviously Nick Tepesch. Tepesch was hoping to either be the fourth or fifth starter going into the season, but spring training just didn’t go well at all for the 25 year old.

"“Obviously, it wasn’t as good as last spring,” Tepesch said according to Sports Day DFW. “But last year was last year. Maybe last year’s performance did something to help me make the roster, but that had no bearing on my performance this year. My command hasn’t been where it needs to be. I feel like I’ve been down in the zone, just not down enough.”"

Tepesch, in 8 innings pitched for the Texas Rangers, had an ERA of 11.25 (baseball reference) and that is just not good enough. Tepesch will now begin to attempt to get it together at Round Rock and see if he can help this team at some point.

The rest of the names on this list were going to go down at some point and there are not many surprises. Notably not on the list was either Michael Choice or Engel Beltre in the outfield and Kevin Kouzmanoff, Brent Lillibridge and Robinson Chirinos are still up as well.