Texas Rangers

February 20, 2014

Tepesch spent off-season refining changeup

Nick Tepesch put an emphasis this off-season on getting more comfortable with his changeup. It’s a pitch that could become critical in his future success at the big-league level.

Nick Tepesch put an emphasis this off-season on getting more comfortable with his changeup. It’s a pitch that could become critical in his future success at the big-league level.

Tepesch threw his changeup less than 5 percent of the time last season, relying primarily on his fastball and slider. He knows that needs to change.

“I just didn’t utilize it as much as I should have,” Tepesch said. “So it was an emphasis I put on myself this off-season to get more comfortable with the grip and throw it more often. It’s felt good coming out and I am comfortable with it.”

Tepesch’s newfound changeup has already caught the eye of manager Ron Washington, who pointed to it as one of the positives he’s seen early on in camp.

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