Nick Tepesch? Leury Garcia? Who are these guys? Are they any good?
Let's start with Tepesch, the Rangers new 5th starter. He's a 6'4, 225-pound righty, born in KC in the late 80's; 1988 to be exact. Why does that sound so damn recent?
Anyway, most of that is not what you were wondering. Here is what you DO want to know:
Tepesch spent the last two years in A ball and AA ball. That's it. That's all he's got. A little addition to the "panic factor" is that his ERA was 4.28 in Frisco last year, although that was his first real shot at AA hitters. To be positive, the Rangers drafted Tepesch in '10 after playing college ball at the University of Missouri - Columbia; and college ball usually helps pitchers. And I like that he's 24/25 and not 21/22...21/22 usually doesn't bode well unless you're Elvis Andrus; almost never for a pitcher.
Leury Garcia, on the other hand is only 22 years old. Born in 1991! I think I was leaving elementary school at that point! Anyway, Garcia is not as big a concern as Tepesch because he's our utility infielder, so all we really need is for him to be able to catch and throw the ball on occasion. Although, he did hit .292 in about 400 at-bats in Frisco last year, so maybe he'll surprise us. Of course, like any fan, I hope we only see Garcia on the random off-day for our starters, day game after a night game, etc. God forbid anything happen to Kins or Elvis. That would just be terrible.
Another surprise at the close of camp was Jeff Baker...the 31-year old from Germany, (finally, an adult!), who, after an incredible spring, made the team as a back-up for Beltre at 3B and Murphy in left.
So here you have it my friends, your Texas Rangers depth chart for the 2013 season as of 3/27/13, courtesy of www.TexasRangers.com:
|Doesn't that uppercut scream 6-hole to you?|
|If only Wash would make Kins drop and do 20 every time he popped up...|