SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Virginia Commonwealth University baseball program plays its home games inside The Diamond, which is also home to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The Diamond is not the only thing that the Rams and Flying Squirrels share as they are both breeding grounds for players reaching the Major Leagues.
Former Ram Cody Eppley, a 43rd round draft pick in 2009, earned an invite to Texas Rangers Major League Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona.
The invitation makes 2011 the second straight year that the Black & Gold will have four players in Major League Spring Training camps. Joining Eppley will be the Detroit Tigers duo of Brandon Inge and Scott Sizemore, as well as Chicago Cubs reliever Sean Marshall.
"Along with winning championships, we want to develop our student-athletes to be successful, no matter what they want to do in life," Head Coach Paul Keyes said. "It's even better when they are able to develop into big leaguers."
Eppley had a breakout year out of the bullpen throughout the Rangers organization. While playing at three different levels, he appeared in 51 games, posting a 5-2 record with 16 saves and a 2.08 ERA. Eppley gave up just 53 hits in 69.1 innings of work, while recording 82 strikeouts.
For his outstanding performance, Eppley was named the Texas Rangers Minor League Reliever of the Year.
Pitchers and catchers report for Major League Spring Training beginning on Feb. 13th.