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 Post subject: Did Pirates Really Get a Big Steal?
PostPosted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:27 pm 
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Is this guy really a possible top of the rotation starter?


Second Round (No. 48 overall): Tanner Scheppers

Scheppers, a right-hander out of Fresno State University, was projected to be a potential top-10 pick until mid-May, when he was sidelined with a stress fracture in his right shoulder, an injury that still has him sidelined. What's interesting here is that getting a stress fracture in a shoulder from pitching is unheard of, which still has some scouts wondering if Scheppers' injury could be something more.

However, if Scheppers can overcome the injury with no lingering effects, the Pirates will likely have a steal here with a power right-handed arm. The college junior has a mid- to high-90s mph fastball and a wicked slider that he will throw to both right-handed and left-handed hitters. He was converted from a shortstop to a pitcher just three years ago, giving him big upside as he continues to develop, especially if he is able to improve his changeup and/or curveball. Baseball America profiled the 6-foot-4, 195-pound righty as a potential top-of-the-rotation starter.

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 Post subject: Re: Did Pirates Really Get a Big Steal?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2008 12:40 am 
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He is a guy in the Josh Beckett mold. 95-96 for 6 innings or more, sharp breaking ball. Signing him could be an issue, since he was looking for top-half of the first round money before the draft, and could simply go back to school next year if he does not sign.

I look for the Pirates to sign the top-10 picks. Some really good players in that group. This one draft class could re-stock the farm system right now. Scheppers is one of the "must sign" players.


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