MLB.com sat down with Eppler in his office at Tempe Diablo Stadium in the final days of Spring Training to discuss his career, what he learned from Cashman and the secret to dealing with the media.
MLB.com: You pitched for UConn before a shoulder injury ended your playing career. Had you had aspirations of a professional career before the injury?
Eppler: Yeah, I did. I wrote this goal sheet when I was about 17 years old and it had a lot of things on it that I wanted to do in my life.