Scheppers shows off great stuff in AFL 

November, 6, 2009
Going into the past two amateur drafts, the Texas Rangers' Tanner Scheppers was a complete wild card. Nobody doubted the ability, as he was one of the top starting pitchers in both drafts, but the health of his shoulder was in question.

Scheppers had an impingement in his shoulder and a lot of overall wear and tear that knocked him out of pitching for Fresno State during its run to the College World Series title in 2008.

Still, the Pittsburgh Pirates took a chance on him in the second round in 2008, but wound up not signing him. Scheppers fell to the 44th pick in the 2009 draft despite reportedly having a clean bill of health and showing good velocity in independent ball with the St. Paul Saints.

"The [medical reports] weren't good; we weren't going to take the risk," one AL front office executive told me, and a number of teams thought his prior shoulder issues could return in the future.

However, since making his pro debut at the Arizona Fall League after pitching some in instructional league play, the 6-foot-4 righty has been downright nasty.