According to MLB.com, former Tiger Nick Tepesch has been invited to the Rangers' major league spring training.
Tepesch, who along with Buckel could be a long-shot candidate to be the Rangers' fifth starter, was a 14th-round pick out of the University of Missouri in 2010. He also split the 2012 season between Myrtle Beach and Frisco, combining to go 11-6 with a 3.67 ERA in 28 games. In 162 innings, he allowed 165 hits and 44 walks while striking out 127.
♦ Vanderbilt's rise to national elite (ESPN)
...After the '02 season, Corbin replaced Roy Mewbourne, who'd been Vanderbilt's coach for 24 seasons. Corbin respected that, and he didn't want to come in torching the Tennessee earth. But he saw a current culture, and he saw his culture. He began by setting a standard of awareness.
They were little things. Know that a baseball is worth $5, a bat a couple hundred bucks. Understand all that can be accomplished in a 24-hour day. Recognize your teachers. Realize there are people around you. Be present. Be aware.
"They may have seemed unimportant, but 18-, 20-year-olds can be self-absorbed," Corbin said over the phone. "It's not their fault. They are very skilled, and that can bring a sense of self-importance. Being aware of the little things changes their focus."...