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Rangers prospect Tanner Scheppers is toying with Double-A hitters

Apr 27, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

Tanner Scheppers fell to the Rangers with the 44th pick in last June’s draft because of concerns about his injury status and bonus demands, but he’s healthy now and the top-10 talent is blowing away hitters at Double-A.
Scheppers struck out five batters in two perfect innings last night and has the following video game-like numbers in 10 innings overall this season: 0.90 ERA, .086 opponents’ batting average, 18/0 K/BB ratio. He’s struck out more than half the batters he’s faced.
Texas’ bullpen could certainly use some help and in addition to the insane numbers Scheppers works with a mid-90s fastball and big-breaking curveball that definitely have the potential to dominate big-league hitters. Pairing him with Neftali Feliz could be a scary late-inning combination, especially if Frank Francisco gets back on track at some point to make it a flame-throwing trio.

  1. jwb - Apr 27, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Is there any reason he isn’t starting?

  2. old balls - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    rangers pitchers will be fine what do they have in the minors as far as catchers. real losers behind the plate right now!

  3. gentle - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:28 PM

    so glad the bucs didn’t sign this kid when they drafted him :/

  4. Joey B - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    “Pairing him with Neftali Feliz could be a scary late-inning combination, especially if Frank Francisco gets back on track at some point to make it a flame-throwing trio.”
    As long as sample size apparently has no bearing on these suggestions, then it should be noted that Feliz is the one that is struggling and Francisco is the one pitching well.

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