ARLINGTON, Texas – The spring season is always a time where kids spent daydreaming in the backyard about making it to the big leagues, pitching in stadiums jammed with fans and their highlights being shown on SportsCenter every night.
Ninety-nine percent of those kids aren't able to play out their dreams. However, former Virginia Commonwealth University baseball standout Cody Eppley isn't in the majority in that category as the former Ram earned a promotion to the big leagues. The Dillsburg, Pa. native will dress and be in the Texas Rangers bullpen tonight.
"I'm speechless, excited, anxious, a lot of emotions right now," Eppley said. "Like everyone, I've dreamed of this moment for my entire life and to finally get the chance, it's surreal. I just want to continue working and getting better everyday. I'll do whatever I have to help the club win."
The 6-5 right-hander was drafted in the 43rd round by the Rangers in the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft after an outstanding career with the Black & Gold.
After spending most of his VCU career as a starter, Texas decided to try his hand in the bullpen where he showed flashes of brilliance in his first two minor league seasons in the Arizona League and lower A-ball.
Eppley used the 2010 season as a breakout year, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.08 and 16 saves between three different levels, finally ending with the Round Rock Express. His success turned heads in the Rangers organization and earned him an invitation to MLB Spring Training in February.
After a solid showing in spring training, Eppley was sent back to the Round Rock Express with the thought of being called up if a spot opened up in Arlington.
His success didn't stop with the Express as he did not allow a run in six appearances, while posting three saves and a 1-0 record.
That big league spot opened up on Saturday and the Dillsburg, Pa. native was on his way to join the defending American League Champions.
He is the third former Ram in the MLB with Brandon Inge (Detroit Tigers) and Sean Marshall (Chicago Cubs) also playing in "The Show."