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.