Scheppers apparently considering Japan

MLB.com reporter Daniel Paulling spoke with Greg Genske, the agent for Tanner Scheppers who was the Rangers’ supplemental first round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

According to what Genske told Paulling…

* Scheppers is working out six days a week at the API Institute in Carson, California, and is in good shape. There were reports, which Genske said were false, about Scheppers needing shoulder needing surgery about two weeks ago.

* Genske is setting up an audition for Scheppers for about a half dozen Japanese teams within a couple of weeks. There were Japanese scouts who saw Scheppers pitch with the St. Paul Saints. He hasn’t decided whether to invite the Rangers to the session. (Genske should know more on Monday.)

* Dr. Lewis Yocum and Keith Meister, according to Genske, have given Scheppers a good bill of health.

It is important to remember the Rangers have until a week before next year’s First-Year Player Draft to sign Scheppers because he played for a professional team (the St. Paul Saints), rather than as an amateur this season. All amateurs must be signed by Aug. 17.

8 Comments

Actually just one comment for Scheppers…….don’t let the door
hit you in the **** slick………………

how can japan help this kids future?..i mean he will get better training here vs better hitters..he is in a lose lose situation on far east…if he dominates its because its japanese hitters if he struggles he will never get another shot..just sign a contract and do what you gotta do..

Getting into American professional baseball is the best thing this kid can do for his future. I’d say that as an impartial spectator. Name one draft eligible collegiate player who has gone on to success after holding out for two drafts. As a Ranger fan, I hope they sign the kid. He could be in Arlington soon. I think (read: hope) this is just a bargaining tool.

Are you serious Tanner! Quit talking and get out there sign your deal and pitch! There is a reason why teams in 2008 and 2009 passed on you. Very questionable “injury”. Does he or does he not need surgery!
He will only get the training he needs to get major league hitters out right hear in Arlington with Nolan and Mike.

I bet he and padilla join forces and become an overpowering 1-2 punch for a japanese team

Don’t be too quick to put down Japanese baseball. The list of their all-stars who have come over here and become our all-stars is impressive to say the least. Let’s not forget who just repeated as World Baseball Classic champions against the best Americans, Puerto Ricans, etc who were out for revenge. Who knows if the Japanese teams will even want him, but if they do this just might be the best thing for him. He would be in a strange land, with no close friends & family – he’ll have nothing to do but hone his craft. Plus, what an adventure of a lifetime. If I was a young man in his shoes I would hope I’d have the guts to go and do it. I’m sure the Rangers will still be able to keep an eye on him for the future.

Don’t be too quick to put down Japanese baseball. The list of their all-stars who have come over here and become our all-stars is impressive to say the least. Let’s not forget who just repeated as World Baseball Classic champions against the best Americans, Puerto Ricans, etc who were out for revenge. Who knows if the Japanese teams will even want him, but if they do this just might be the best thing for him. He would be in a strange land, with no close friends & family – he’ll have nothing to do but hone his craft. Plus, what an adventure of a lifetime. If I was a young man in his shoes I would hope I’d have the guts to go and do it. I’m sure the Rangers will still be able to keep an eye on him for the future.

I am pretty fed up with greedy players and their agents. If he doesn’t want to buy in to a winner and the winning attitude this organization now has, then the Rangers should not feel bad about letting him go. Good riddance. Best of luck alone in Nippon, Gaijin.

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