ARLINGTON, Texas – Hard work continues to pay off for former Virginia Commonwealth University hurler Cody Eppley.
The right-handed pitcher learned Tuesday that he will be named the Texas Rangers' Minor League Reliever of the Year. The award will be presented at the organization's Mid-Winter Banquet on Jan. 21 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.
A 43rd round selection in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Eppley has been one of the most productive pitchers in the Rangers' system, enjoying success at nearly every level. He made 51 appearances at Bakersfield, Frisco and Oklahoma City last year, finishing 5-2 with a 2.08 ERA. Eppley fanned 82 batters in 69 innings, while collecting 16 saves and holding opposing hitters to a .207 average, including a .147 mark against right-handers.
The Dillsburg, Pa., native benefited from the Cliff Lee trade in mid-July, which sent multiple prospects to Seattle, and was immediately promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Just hours after receiving the call, Eppley came on in relief, struck out four of the six batters he faced in two scoreless innings and earned the save in the RedHawks' 4-2 win at Round Rock.
Prior to his promotion to Triple-A, Eppley went 3-1 with a 0.66 ERA in 40 2/3 innings of relief between Double-A Frisco and High-A Bakersfield.