During the month of February, I am going to be posting a series called “Where are they now?”. In this series, the rosters for the Texas Rangers teams will be investigated. In the third installment, players from the 2014 team will be examined. (All stats used were extracted from baseball-reference.com)
After missing the playoffs in 2013, the Texas Rangers were looking to make it back to the top of the division standings. Prince Fielder was acquired in exchange for Ian Kinsler in a blockbuster that didn’t work out as planned. The team finished with a dismal record of 67-95, good for 4th in the AL West Division.
Where are they now: 2014 Texas Rangers Starting Pitching
At 34, Colby Lewis returned to the starting rotation and led the Texas Rangers with 170.1 IP in 29 starts. Lewis had a record of 10-14 and a 5.18 ERA. Lewis would go on to pitch two more years in Texas before pitching his final MLB game in 2016.
Yu Darvish was in his 3rd season with the Texas Rangers in 2014. He also represented Texas in the All-Star game for the 3rd consecutive year. Darvish finished 144.4 innings in 22 starts, and went 10-7 with a 3.06 ERA. Darvish would pitch parts of two more seasons in Texas before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July 2017. Darvish has also pitched for the Chicago Cubs and is a current member of the San Diego Padres.
Nick Martinez was a rookie pitcher in 2014. Martinez pitched 140.1 innings in 29 games including 24 starts, had a 5-12 record, and a 4.55 ERA. Martinez pitched three more seasons in MLB before taking his game to Japan. He is currently a free agent.
Nick Tepesch was in his 2nd season with the Texas Rangers in 2014. Tepesch pitched 126.0 innings in 23 games including 22 starts. Tepesch had a 5-11 record and a 4.36 ERA. Tepesch sat out the 2015 season and was granted free agency at the end of the season. Tepesch pitched two more seasons with three teams before pitching his final MLB game in 2017.
Scott Baker was in his 1st and only season in Texas in 2014. Baker picthed 80.1 inning in 25 games including eight starts. Baker had a 3-4 record and 5.47 ERA. On October 30, Baker was granted free agency. After leaving Texas, Baker started two games for the Los Angeles Dodgers and pitched his final MLB game in 2015.
Robbie Ross was in his 3rd season with Texas in 2014. Ross pitched 78.1 innings in 27 games including 12 starts. Ross had a record of 3-6 with a 6.20 ERA. Ross was traded to Boston before the start of the 2015 season. Ross pitched three more seasons in Boston and did not pitch another MLB game after the 2017 season. Ross attempted several combacks and ended up voluntarily retiring from the Detroit Tigers on August 6, 2021.
Miles Mikolas started 10 games with the Texas Rangers in 2014. In 57.1 innings, Mikolas had a 2-5 record and a 6.44 ERA. After leaving Texas, Mikolas pitched three seasons in Japan and then returned to MLB with St. Louis in 2018. Today, Mikolas continues to be a member of the Cardinals starting rotation.
Martin Perez was in his 3rd season with the Rangers in 2014. Perez compiled 51.1 innings in eight starts, and went 4-3 with a 4.38 ERA. Perez pitched four more seasons for Texas before he was granted free agency after the 2018 season. Perez pitched one season in Minnesota and the last two seasons in Boston. Perez is currently a free agent.
Joe Saunders signed a free agent contract to pitch for Texas in 2014. Saunders pitched 39.2 innings in eight starts. Saunders had a 0-5 record and 6.13 ERA before he was released in July. Saunders would sign with Baltimore before he was granted free agency in October. He signed with Seattle prior to the 2015 season but opted out of his contract and did not pitched another MLB game.
Derek Holland was in his 6th season with the Texas Rangers in 2014. Holland finished 37.0 innings in six games including five starts, and had a record of 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA. Holland would pitch two more seasons with Texas before being granted free agency and signing with the Chicago White Sox in December 2016. Holland has also pitched for San Francisco, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh, and Detroit. Holland is currently a free agent.
Tanner Scheppers was in his 3rd season with Texas in 2014. He pitched 23.0 innings in eight games including four starts, had a record of 0-1, and a 9.00 ERA. Scheppers pitched three more seasons with Texas before being granted free agency at the end of the 2017 season. Texas was the only team Scheppers pitched for in his MLB career.