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Baseball: Texas Rangers call up Crystal Lake Central grad Connor Sadzeck

Connor Sadzeck, a 2010 Crystal Lake Central graduate, was called up to the majors for the first time Friday by the Texas Rangers.
Connor Sadzeck, a 2010 Crystal Lake Central graduate, was called up to the majors for the first time Friday by the Texas Rangers.

The Texas Rangers announced the addition of right-handed pitcher Connor Sadzeck, a 2010 Crystal Lake Central graduate, on Friday. Sadzeck, 26, was called up from the Triple-A Round Rock Express.

The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted the Crystal Lake native with a 45th-round pick coming out of high school in 2010. Sadzeck instead elected to play one year at Howard College, a two-year school in Texas. He then committed to play at the University of Texas but signed with the Rangers after they drafted him in the 11th round of the 2011 draft.

As a minor leaguer, he missed all of the 2014 season after having Tommy John surgery. Sadzeck initially struggled after the surgery, but he showed promise with a fastball touching triple digits on the radar gun. The Rangers placed the 6-foot-7, 240-pound righty on the 40-man roster for the first time in late 2015.

Until Friday, however, he never got the call to the big leagues.

Sadzeck has made 32 appearances out of the bullpen in Triple-A this season. He is 5-3 with a 4.03 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 16 walks.

The Rangers, who are in last place in the American League West, begin a three-game series in Texas against the Minnesota Twins on Friday.

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