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23 days until pitchers and catchers report

23 days until pitchers and catchers report

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23 days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training for the Texas Rangers.

Nick Tepesch has been not terrible as a #5 starter for the Rangers in various stints in the rotation over the past two years, but he has consistently struggled with getting hitters out the third time through the order, in large part because of a lack of a good changeup to go with his fastball and breaking ball.  Mike Maddux had good things to say about the tweaks Tepesch has made this offseason, though:

Tepesch was asked to make some tweaks to his delivery, and Maddux has liked what he has seen.

"He’s taking it to heart, and he’s starting to see some dividends from what he’s done," Maddux said. "He’s getting the ball down easier, the sinker is sinking more and his changeup is much improved, and we haven’t even thrown the breaking balls yet."

While Ross Detwiler is considered the favorite for the fifth starter spot, the best case scenario for Texas would probably be Tepesch showing this spring that his offspeed stuff has improved enough such that he seizes a spot in the rotation for good.