Today, the Rangers have re-signed right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.
Tepesch, who missed all of 2015 with nerve irritation related to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, is attempting to get his career back on track. He started 39 games for Texas in 2013 and 2014, and has, at times, been a somewhat reliable innings-eater.
His main drawback has always been that he struggled to throw a consistent changeup, and it has led to him struggling the third time through the batting order in many of his starts. His fastball sits in the low-90s range, so having a reliable off-speed pitch has always been important for Tepesch.
As it stands now, Tepesch looks to be more of an organizational depth player than anything, with perhaps an opportunity to earn a long-relief role with the club. Of course, it could be that the Rangers will want to stash him at Triple-A Round Rock and see how he responds to facing live hitters again before doing anything.
Either way, the Rangers have managed to re-sign a pitcher that at one time was a central part of the starting rotation, and should the need arise, Tepesch could fill in if need be.