Friday, March 22, 2013

HI NOTES: Future Tiger Pitchers, Tep to Dallas?


Nick Tepesch top candidate for No. 5 rotation spot (Dallas News)
Right-hander Nick Tepesch is the top candidate to open the season as the fifth starter. Veteran non-roster right-handers Derek Lowe and Randy Wells are also candidates...


♦ Be sure to take time to read this piece about the wealth of pitching in St. Louis area preps this season, featuring a couple of Mizzou recruits and a former Mizzou assistant pitching coach: If it really is all about pitching, St. Louis is primed for a big year (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
“This is the best class of arms coming out of the St. Louis area that I can remember in quite a while,” DeLunas said. “Even when I was down at Mizzou (as an assistant coach) from ’06 to ’09, we’d obviously come in and try to pluck some arms out of here. As far as the overall quality, I can’t remember the last time there was this many 90-mile-an-hour guys...”

The right-handed Williams and left-handed Brentz, who has opted to pitch in an exposure league in Iowa instead of playing for his high school, are hard-throwing Mizzou signees who could be selected in the early rounds of the Major League Baseball Draft this June.

“We were always challenging each other to get better,” Williams said of the twice-weekly workouts. “Then whenever we did (velocity) testing and stuff, it was always fun to see who would throw the hardest that week.”
SWC teams loaded with baseball talent again this year (
Collinsville (15-21): The Kahoks believe their pitching stacks up favorably with anyone in the conference, especially when 6-5 junior right-hander Tanner Houck (4-5, 2.53 ERA, 67 strikeouts in 58 innings) is on the mound.
Already committed to Missouri, Houck burst onto the conference scene last spring as a sophomore and immediately began turning heads and carving up lineups....
More on Tanner Houck HERE

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