Connor William Sadzeck…was 7-3 with a 3.56 ERA (24 ER/60.2 IP) over 15 appearances as a freshman at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas…had committed to continue college career at the University of Texas…was also selected by Pittsburgh in the 45th round of the 2010 June Draft out of Crystal Lake Central (IL) HS in his hometown, but did not sign.
Made his Major League debut in September and was one of the club's most frequently used relievers over the final month…tied for the 4th-most games in the A.L. during September…was also used as an "opener" twice…spent balance of season at Triple-A Round Rock, his 1st
career action above the Double-A level…missed nearly 7 weeks of action at Round Rock with an oblique strain. Recalled from Round Rock (AAA) on 8/31 and made a team-high 13 relief appearances through the end of the season...logged 12 straight outings without allowing an ER to start Rangers career, longest streak in team history...only earned run allowed came in final outing on 9/29 at SEA...limited opponents to .182/.400/.212/.612 slash line with one XBH (2B)…made ML debut on 9/1 vs. MIN, striking out lone BF and stranding 2 IR...had 2 starts as an "opener": 9/14 at SD and 9/21 vs. SEA...worked 1.0 SHO IP in each start and TEX won both games...issued walks in 9 of 13 outings, including 5 straight to close season.
Returned to Frisco, but transitioned to a relief role in June and spent most of the campaign in the RoughRiders bullpen…was 3-5, 5.23 (37 ER/63.2 IP) over 13 starts and 1-3, 8.40 (28 ER/30.0 IP) in 25 relief outings…opened the season in the Frisco rotation and went 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA (12 ER/28.1 IP) and a 1.123 WHIP over 1st 6 starts, but compiled a 6.37 ERA (25 ER/35.1 IP) and 1.642 WHIP in next 7 starts…worked out of the bullpen beginning with outing on 6/16 and posted a 10.80 ERA (22 ER/18.1 IP) in 1st 14 relief appearances…opponents batted .378/.453/.622/1.075 over that stretch…had a 4.63 ERA (6 ER/11.2 IP) in final 11 outings, but held opponents to a .150/.277/.275/.552 (6-40) slash line with 18 strikeouts.
Went 10-8, 4.16 (65 ER/140.2 IP) in 25 G/23 GS for Frisco (AA), posting 1.273 WHIP…established career highs in wins and innings, and ranked among Texas League leaders in CG (T1st, 2), SO (2nd, 133), wins (3rd), SO/9 (3rd, 8.54), opp. avg. (5th, .240)…led Rangers minor league system in strikeouts, and ranked T3rd in wins and 6th in ERA…was 10-7, 3.86 (56 ER/130.2 IP) in his 23 starts and 0-1, 8.10 (9 ER/10.0 IP) in 2 relief outings…over 1st 17 G/16 GS, went 9-2 with a 3.09 ERA (34 ER/99.0 IP) through 7/14…in final 8 G/7 GS, was 1-6, 6.70 (31 ER/41.2 IP), with win in his final start on 9/1 vs. Corpus Christi (5.2 IP, 0 R) snapping a stretch of 6 straight losses…had 0.975 WHIP in 13 G/GS on the road, 1.654 in 12 G/10 GS at home…also fell among league leaders in wild pitches (1st, 18), walks (T3rd, 52), and HR allowed (3rd, 18)…pair of 7-inning CG wins: 5/19 at Midland and 6/13 vs. Midland
Combined to go 3-2 with a 5.82 ERA (39 ER/60.1 IP) in 18 games/14 starts for High-A High Desert and Double-A Frisco…opened the year continuing rehab work at club's complex in Surprise, AZ, and was reinstated from the disabled list on 5/19…made 2 starts for High Desert on 5/19 and 5/25 (9.82 ERA, 8 ER/7.1 IP), then went back on the DL 5/29 with a right shoulder strain…reinstated less than a month later on 6/18 and went 2-1, 2.70 (10 ER/33.1 IP) his final 9 G/6 GS with the Mavericks…promoted to Frisco on 8/1 and went 1-1, 9.61 (21 ER/19.2 IP) in 7 G/6 GS in his Double-A debut, averaging over 21 pitches per inning with 1.983 WHIP…allowed 6 R in 0.1 IP in AA debut (start) on 8/6 vs. San Antonio…in lone win with Frisco, pitched 6.0 no-hit innings (0 R, 2 BB, 2 SO) in club's 2-1 victory…finished year with 7 relief outings for Surprise in Arizona Fall League: 0-1, 9.90 (11 ER/10.0 IP)…in AFL, had 14 SO against 5 BB.
Missed the entire season following 'Tommy John' ligament transplant surgery on his right elbow on 3/26/14 performed by Rangers Team Physician Dr. Keith Meister…suffered the injury in spring training on 3/11/14.
Posted the 9th-lowest ERA among all full season MiLB pitchers…led the South Atlantic League in ERA and ranked among the league leaders in wins (T2nd, 12) and WHIP (8th, 1.16), also league-high 23 wild pitches…completed at least 5.0 IP in all 24 starts…logged 8 quality starts…held opposition to a .216 average (102-473), 2nd-lowest in SAL among starters, with right-handed hitters at .198 (55-278)…on the DL, 6/5-14 with right shoulder strain…won each of his first 5 decisions following return from DL, posting a 1.06 ERA (4 ER/34.0 IP)…matched season-high with 6 runs allowed on 7/19 vs. Hagerstown, but went 3-1 with a 1.09 ERA (4 ER/33.0 IP) over his final 6 outings.
Spent first professional season with Spokane (Short-A)…opposition combined to hit .200 (44-220), the 13th-lowest opponent average among all short season pitchers.
Did not see official action after signing first pro contract on 8/3/11.