ST. LOUIS - When the Texas Rangers picked Nick Tepesch to be their fifth starting pitcher, two responses followed.
Casual MLB fans said: "Who?"
And those familiar with Mizzou said: "Hmmm."
Tepesch, the former Tigers pitcher who is scheduled to take the mound for the Rangers' April 9th game against the Rays, is OK with that reaction. He's had to prove himself before, and he has quietly done so ever since he learned to trust his stuff. Now, as long as a Triple-A start on Thursday goes well, he will get a chance to do it all over again this time at baseball's highest level.
"I've enjoyed every minute of it," the 24-year-old said by phone this week. "It's been a bit of a whirlwind."
Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson had no doubt Tepesch could get here. The hard part was convincing the kid from Blue Springs High School to see it, too. Tepesch was a 6-foot-4, right-handed pitcher who wanted to get better. But he struggled to realize he was already pretty good.
"He was always ve...