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Kevin Jepsen

#32 | RHP
Texas Rangers Texas Rangers
Kevin Jepsen
Name: Kevin Martin Jepsen
Born: Jul 26, 1984 in Anaheim, Calif. USA
High School: Bishop Manogue HS, Reno, Nev.
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (53rd overall) by the Anaheim Angels in 2002 (signed for $745,000)
Word spread quickly early this year when Jepsen's fastball lit up the radar guns at 98 mph and his slider chimed in at 91. That solidified his stock as a first-round pick. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound righthander hasn't repeated that velocity since, but he has shown three quality major league pitches with good mechanics and an effortless delivery. His fastball, which was 89-92 mph last year when he battled minor injuries, settled in at 93-95, and his slider in the mid-to-high 80s. His slider lacks good bite and consistent command. He also has the makings of a major league-quality changeup. Jepsen doesn't have the same upside as a lot of his first-round peers because he is almost physically mature now.
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