Wednesday, February 20, 2013

HI NOTES: Tepesch Gets a Look, Everett Injured


 Tepesch Gets Early Look as Starter (
The Rangers play their two intrasquad games at noon MT on Tuesday and Wednesday on the Nolan Ryan Field. Three of the four starting pitchers will be in the Rangers' rotation: Yu Darvish and Alexi Ogando on Tuesday and Matt Harrison on Wednesday. The fourth starter will be rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch.
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Tepesch is a candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation, but is obviously a long-shot given his lack of experience. But nobody gave Robbie Ross a chance to make the team last season.

"Everybody knows what he did, but I'm not comparing myself to anybody," Tepesch said. "I'm going to do what I can do and whatever happens, happens."...

♦ Pitcher Nick Tepesch recalls historic no-hitter (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
Is the fastball where everything begins for you? Oh, yeah. The fastball is obviously No. 1. You've got to be able to throw strikes and command your fastball.

What else is in your arsenal? I've got a cutter and curveball and changeup. The curveball or cutter, probably one of the two, is my out pitch.


♦ Brandon Weiss reported in his The Extra Nine blog on Sunday that Shane Segovia, Brandon Platts, and Eric Anderson all missed the opening weekend with injuries, and that Segovia and Anderson may be back for the Memphis series this weekend. He also mentioned a day-to-day situation with a ahnd injury to infielder Dillon Everett. The Columbia Missourian's Alex Silverman has more on that with Missouri baseball team loses key infielder to hand injury
The right-handed junior tweeted Monday that he was "goin in for X-rays on the hand." A team spokesperson said Everett is day-to-day and that he will not play this weekend when Missouri travels to Memphis for a three-game series...

Following in the Ritch Price recruiting and coaching philosophy, Memphis Head Coach Daron Schoenrock has his son in the weekend rotation for the Memphis Tigers. But I got to say, this kid has earned my respect with this wise tweet:


USM Sweeps Missouri (Hattiesburg American)
Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said the Tigers’ lack of offense was debilitating.

“I thought we pitched pretty effectively, but we lost control of the series, offensively, and that simply is not the identity of this team at all,” Jamieson said. “We just were not able to get anything.”...
Chat: Talking College Baseball (
Did you expect Southern Miss' relief pitching to be as dominate as they were against Mizzou?

I think so. Jay Myrick, Cameron Giannini and Bradley Roney (Myrick and Roney) especially were arms that were proven to be outstanding at times last season, while Sean Buccholz really stepped up over the weekend. I've said it for a while, but the Golden Eagles have a good rotation and some quality arms in the bullpen. The sky really is the limit with this quad.

The SEC Numbers Game: Volume 2 (
Eleven SEC teams won their opening series/matchups, including six either sweeping or going undefeated.
No conference fan base in the country supports college baseball better than the SEC. 168,505 people came to watch league games at home this weekend, a phenomenal number. If that total were a United States city, it would be the 141st largest in the entire country.
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According to official figures, seven of the top 10 highest attendance numbers were SEC schools. LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, South Carolina and Mississippi State round out the top five of the list, with Texas A&M (7th) and Florida (10th) in the top 10. All 10 league programs that hosted an opening series registered in the top 22. Nearly half of the nation’s top 22 (10/22) featured an SEC team.

The reason all 14 teams aren’t ranked? The remaining four (Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee) were on the road, therefore not applicable to the list...

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