Former Elmira Pioneers pitcher Cody Eppley has been called up by the Texas Rangers from the Triple-A Round Rock Express. Eppley made his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday, April 23, against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched two scoreless innings of relief in a 3-1 victory for the Rangers. The Virginia Commonwealth University product allowed two hits, walked none and struck out one.
Cody Eppley was a member of the Elmira Pioneers during the summer of 2006. Eppley went 5-3 with a 2.28 earned run average over 10 appearances. He struck out 51 batters in 59.1 innings and topped the Pioneers in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and complete games (three). The Dillsburg, Pa., native finished third in the league in total strikeouts. Eppley was one of four Elmira players chosen for the 2006 New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star Game and he was tabbed All-NYCBL second team at the conclusion of the season.
"We are very happy to hear that one of the collegiate level Pioneers has made the jump to the Major Leagues. It goes to show how you can see tomorrow's Major League stars right here at Dunn Field" said GM Jeff Kunion.
The Texas Rangers selected Eppley in the 43rd round (1293rd overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball entry draft after a four-year career at VCU. The 6-foot-5 hurler began his professional career in the rookie-level Arizona League. He made 19 appearances for the AZL Rangers and went 2-2 with seven saves, 15 games finished and a 2.08 earned run average. Eppley was chosen as an Arizona League all-star. The following season, the former Pioneer made 37 appearances for the Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League and he struck out 76 batters over 67.2 innings.
The coming-out party for Eppley came in 2010, his second full season of professional baseball. Eppley split time between Advanced-A Bakersfield of the California League, Double-A Frisco of the Texas League and Triple-A Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League. Cody racked up six saves and did not allow a run in 14 appearances with Bakersfield. He made 19 appearances for the Frisco Roughriders and went 1-1 with a 1.19 ERA and nine saves. Eppley fanned 27 batters in just under 23 innings. The Dillsburg, Pa., native finished the year in the Pacific Coast League with Oklahoma City. He went 2-1 with one save and 31 strikeouts in 28.2 innings. Altogether, the Va. Commonwealth graduate went 5-2 with 14 saves and 82 strikeouts over 69.1 innings pitched.