Texas Rangers re-sign pitcher Nick Tepesch to a minor league contract
The Texas Rangers on Wednesday have re-signed free agent right handed pitcher Nick Tepesch to a minor league contract according to a report from Joesph Nocco of Knuckleball News.
Tepesch who was a 14th round draft choice of the Rangers in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Missouri Columbia made his debut in the Major Leagues on April 9, 2013 after he pitched in the Rangers minor league system for two years.
Tepesch had surgery on his right shoulder in August 2015 that kept him from pitching in any baseball games for the Rangers during the 2015 regular baseball season.
Tepesch became a free agent on December3, 2015 when the Rangers decided not to tender him a contract to return to pitch for them in 2016. Since there was no team in the Major Leagues that willing to offer him a contract to pitch for their team in 2016, the Rangers decided to re-sign their right handed starting pitcher to a minor league contract on Wednesday.
Tepesch will be invited to the Rangers Spring Training headquarters in Surprise Arizona to make it on their Opening Day roster in 2016. Tepesch has a pitching record of 9 wins and 13 losses with an earned run average of 4.56 in his two seasons pitching for the Rangers during the 2013 and 2014 baseball seasons with the Rangers.
The Rangers enter the 2016 Major League Baseball season as the defending American League West Division champions.