Congrats to former Tiger RHP Nick Tepesch ('08-'10) on being named the 5th starter for the @rangers! This is Nick's 1st #MLB call-up! #MIZ
— Mizzou Baseball (@MUTigerBaseball) March 26, 2013
Max Scherzer, Aaron Crow, Kyle Gibson, and now Nick Tepesch. Mizzou proving it produces major league-quality pitching.
— Chris Schneider (@ChrisASchneider) March 24, 2013
♦ Tepesch named No. 5 starter; Profar sent to Triple-A (Texas Rangers)
But the big move was the Rangers choosing Tepesch as their fifth starter. They had considered Kirkman, and he is going to start against the Angels on Wednesday. But the Rangers told Tepesch on Tuesday that he will be the fifth starter and Kirkman was told he is staying in the bullpen.
"It feels good but I've still got a lot of hard work ahead of me," Tepesch said. "I still have a couple more starts to do my thing. It's just the beginning of the hard work. I've got to keep after it."
Tepesch, who is not yet on the 40-man roster, is scheduled to start in a Minor League game on Wednesday and for Round Rock on April 4. If all goes well, he will make his Major League debut on April 9 against the Rays at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers could carry an extra reliever for the first 10 days until Tepesch is officially called up.
"It was a mix of everything," Daniels said. "Nick has impressed. We knew he was a strike thrower and had a four-pitch mix, but we were really impressed with the way he handled situations and the way he handled adversity. He didn't change. He earned it."...
♦ Fans should plan to arrive early to get a parking place and grab a ticket for today's game, with demand at a premium. The Athletic Department will no doubt be hiring extra Event Staff and opening up multiple concession stands for the throngs expected at today's 2:00 game against the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks. With the game rescheduled from yesterday, with highs in the mid to upper 40s, in the middle of Spring Break, starting in the middle of a business day afternoon ... the stands will most definitely be packed. We could threaten that record set a couple of weeks ago against South Carolina.
♦ Again, check out Sam Nasci's preview of the UNO Mavericks, although by now some of those players mentioned may have already graduated.