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May 5, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Scheppers shines in ’09 debut

Tanner Scheppers, whom I wrote about last week as a possible choice for the Mariners with the No. 2 overall draft pick, pitched four no-hit innings yesterday for the St. Paul Saints of the independent American Association.

Here’s a writeup from the Fargo-Moorhead newspaper. Scheppers struck out six and walked four. The article says about a dozen scouts were in the stands to watch Scheppers. Here’s a quote from the manager of the Fargo-Moorhead Red Hawks, Doug Simunic:

“We were somewhat overmatched with him throwing. He’s a No. 1 draft pick. He was 95-97 (miles per hour) with his fastball and his breaking ball was good.”

To refresh your memory on Scheppers, he was headed for a high draft pick in 2008 while pitching for Fresno State, hurt his shoulder, and dropped to the second round. But he was unable to reach agreement with the Pirates and now is back in the draft. Since his college eligibility is up, he’s pitching in the indy league, which started up this week. The Mariners are said to be considering him with the No. 2 pick. Seattle-based writer Jason Churchill, writing for ESPN’s draft blog, throws Scheppers name out today as a No. 2 possibility.

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