ROUND ROCK, Tex. – When the Texas Rangers selected Cody Eppley in the 43rd round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, no one in their organization could have predicted the rise to success that the former VCU standout has seen over the past two seasons.

Eppley, who was a part of two CAA Championships during his time in the Black & Gold, continued his rise to stardom with the Rangers after he earned a spot at the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday night in Salt Lake.

The 30 best players from the Pacific Coast League will battle against the 30 best players from the International League with the game being televised on the MLB Network, beginning at 9:05 EST.

It's been a wild past two seasons for the former Ram. He started the 2009 season at Class-A Bakersfield and ended it at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

After getting his first taste of the big leagues earlier this year, Eppley has settled into the bullpen of the Round Rock Express. It's obvious he has hopes of getting back to Arlington with stellar numbers as the Express' closer.

In 23 games for Round Rock, Eppley has a 3-1 record, seven saves and a 2.51 ERA. In 28.2 innings of work, the 6-5 right-hander has allowed just 23 hits, notched 31 strikeouts and held opponents to just .215 at the plate.

February 16, 2011 2011 BASEBALL PREVIEW: INFIELD