The Texas Rangers on Thursday invited four more internal players to camp. Right-handed pitcher Cody Buckel, outfielder Joey Butler, catcher Jose Felix and right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch will come to Surprise, Ariz., to join the major league club for spring training.
Here's more information on the four players, according to the club's release:
Buckel, 20, went a combined 10-8 with a 2.49 ERA (40 ER/144.2 IP) in 26 games/23 starts for Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco (AA) last season and was named the Rangers Nolan Ryan Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Butler, 26, spent last season at Round Rock (AAA), batting .290 (143-493) with 20 homers and 78 RBIs in 137 games. Felix, 24, will be in big league camp for a second time (also 2011) after batting .260 (76-292) with seven homers and 41 RBIs in 82 games for Frisco in 2012. Tepesch, 24, combined to go 11-6 with a 3.67 ERA (66 ER/162.0 IP) in 28 games/26 starts for Myrtle Beach and Frisco.
None of the four additions have played in the major leagues, and Felix is the only player in the group to have previously been in major league camp.
With the additions, the Rangers nowhave 63 players on the club’s spring training roster -- a full 40-man roster and 23 non-roster invitees.