For Gwinnett county local catcher, Brett Teschner, “It was a dream come true. It was definitely a surreal feeling when I put on the Texas [Rangers] jersey for the first time.”
Teschner attended South Gwinnett High School where it was a self-proclaimed privilege to play baseball for the current head coach and father, Steve Teschner. He describes playing under his father as an amazing experience with no added pressure. Brett credits his father as his biggest idol. “He was always there to push me to compete and be the athlete and man I am today.” Their time spent together was concluded his senior year with a region 8AAAAA championship.
High school success landed Brett at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee for two years before transferring to Columbus State University to shine in his junior and senior seasons. “My most memorable weekend was against The University of Montevallo when I went 10-14 in three games hitting four home runs and driving in 11… That weekend earned me Peach Belt Player of the Week, Atmos Energy Player of the Week, and Division 2 Player of the Week.”
His senior year, Brett earned a pre-draft workout with the Texas Rangers and several other teams, to no avail. Draft day came and went without Teschner’s name being called. However, not to let one disappointment discourage, he waited patiently for a few weeks until he caught his break. Teschner received a phone call from the Texas Rangers, who had a catcher in their organization sidelined with an injury and needed a replacement. The Rangers offered Brett a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Once signed, in 2013, Teschner was on a plane headed to Arizona to continue on this new, long-anticipated journey. Teschner describes his first season with the Rangers as a whirlwind; playing at every level affiliate in their farm system.
Brett spent his offseason back in Gwinnett County training for the 2014 season and giving lessons to youth catchers. “Spending time with young kids helps you remind yourself why you play the game and how much fun it’s supposed to be.”