Kiker prepares for first full season

Rangers Insider spoke with 2006 first round selection Kasey Kiker during spring training in Surprise, Arizona.

"It was great. It was good to get home, but it's great to get back out here and get back to work," said left-handed pitcher Kasey Kiker of his offseason. "I just lifted weights and tried to get good rest."

The Rangers' first round pick in 2006 had a successful debut with Short-Season Spokane, striking out nearly one batter per inning while remaining tough to hit.

"I just relied on my stuff and tried to listen to advice from a lot of the older pitchers," Kiker said when asked what led to his success last season.

Kiker's stuff ranks among the best in the organization, as he possesses an outstanding fastball to go along with an above-average curveball and changeup.

When asked about which of his three pitches is the best, Kiker replied, "That would have to be my fastball. I'm trying to work on my fastball command right now and that's going to be my best pitch."

But with the start of spring training, Kiker looks forward to improving for the upcoming season.

"I'm working on my leg kick and I'm trying to hold runners a little better," said Kiker. "I've improved every time out. I've pitched twice [as of March 23] and I'm getting better.

When asked if the southpaw had set any goals for the upcoming season, he responded, "I was in Spokane last year so I'm trying to move up one level. I'm hoping to go to [Single-A] Clinton this year."

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