Nick Tepesch

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Nick Tepesch
Nick Tepesch on March 12, 2014.jpg
Tepesch with the Texas Rangers in 2014 spring training
Lincoln Saltdogs – No. 36
Born: (1988-10-12) October 12, 1988 (age 30)
Kansas City, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 9, 2013, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record10–20
Earned run average4.71

Nicholas James Tepesch (born October 12, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Tepesch was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 28th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft out of the Blue Springs High School in Blue Springs, Missouri but he did not sign and attended the University of Missouri, where he played college baseball for the Missouri Tigers baseball team. He was then drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 14th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft and signed for $400,000.[1][2]

In 2012, while pitching for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, Tepesch and Jimmy Reyes combined to throw the second no-hitter in Pelicans history.[3][4]

Texas Rangers[edit]

Invited to spring training in 2013, Tepesch won the Rangers fifth starter job.[5][6] On April 9, Tepesch went ​7 13 innings and gave up four hits, three walks, one run, and struck out five while getting the win in his major league debut against the Tampa Bay Rays.[7]

Tepesch missed the entire 2015 season with inflammation in his throwing elbow. He also underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.[8]

He was non-tendered at the end of the 2015 season, and had previously rejected a minor league deal.[9] However, on January 27, 2016, Tepesch re-signed with the Rangers on a minor league contract that included an invitation to spring training.[10] On June 5, 2016, Tepesch asked and was granted his release from the Rangers.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Tepesch signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 6, 2016. After three starts for the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, his contract was purchased by the major league team and he was added to the roster and called up to make a start against the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 24. He allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings to take the loss and was designated for assignment after the game.[11]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

On June 27, 2016, he was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics.[12]

Kansas City Royals[edit]

Tepesch pitching for the Omaha Storm Chasers, triple-A affiliates of the Kansas City Royals, in 2016

On July 18, 2016, Tepesch was once again claimed off waivers, this time by the Royals.

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On January 11, 2017, Tepesch signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins. He was released on June 7,[13] and re-signed on June 13.

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On July 23, 2017, Tepesch was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for cash considerations.[14] He was called up from the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons on August 9 for a start against the New York Yankees where he took the loss. He was designated for assignment on September 2. Tepesch elected free agency on October 6, 2017.[15] He signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on March 3, 2018, and was invited to spring training.[16]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On August 8, 2018, Tepesch was traded to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for cash considerations, and assigned to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves.[17] Tepesch appeared in just 8 games for the SeaWolves before he was released on August 27.

Lincoln Saltdogs[edit]

On March 19, 2019, Tepesch signed with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the independent American Association.


  1. ^ Nestor, Matt (July 22, 2011). "Tepesch finds groove in minors". Columbia Daily Tribune. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "Former Blue Springs pitcher Tepesch wins debut with Rangers". Kansas City Star. April 10, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  3. ^ Emrich, Robert (May 19, 2012). "Pelicans' Tepesch, Reyes hurl no-no". Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Althaus, Bill (May 30, 2012). "Tepesch keeps eye on big-league goal while enjoying stay in Myrtle Beach". The Examiner. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Sullivan, T. R. (2014). "Eyeing rotation, Tepesch gets jump-start on a changeup". Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  6. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (2013). "Tepesch continues long-shot pitch for rotation". Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nick Tepesch comes up big in MLB debut to lift Rangers". Associated Press. April 10, 2013.
  8. ^ "Rangers re-sign RHP Nick Tepesch to minor league deal". Associated Press. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rangers re-sign Nick Tepesch". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Sullivan, T.R. (January 27, 2016). "Rangers re-sign Tepesch to Minor League deal". Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  11. ^ Weisman, Jon (June 25, 2016). "Chris Taylor promoted, Nick Tepesch designated". Archived from the original on June 26, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
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  13. ^ Miller, Phil (June 7, 2017). "Twins add reliever Chris Heston, release Nick Tepesch". Star Tribune. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  14. ^ "Blue Jays' Nick Tepesch: Dealt to Toronto". July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "Nick Tepesch Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  16. ^ Downing, Kyle (March 3, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 3/3/18". Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  17. ^ Byrne, Connor (August 8, 2018). "Tigers Acquire Nick Tepesch from Blue Jays". Retrieved August 8, 2018.

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