Tanner Scheppers, Relief Pitcher, Texas Rangers, #52
Date of Birth: 1/17/1987
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California
College: California State University, Fresno
Current Salary: $975,000
Tanner Scheppers, relief pitcher for the Texas Rangers, was first drafted in 2005 by the Baltimore Orioles but he opted instead for college. He made a wise move, becoming a top player at California State University. In 2008, he was named the Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year. That year, he had a 2.93 ERA with 8 wins and 2 losses. He was drafted in June, 2008, by the Pittsburgh Pirates but he didn't sign with them.
In 2009, Scheppers played professional baseball in an independent league. He was drafted by the Rangers that year and he pitched in their minor league system in 2010 and 2011.
Scheppers pitched in 39 games with the Rangers in 2012. He finished with a 4.45 ERA in 32.1 innings.
Scheppers had a full season in the majors in 2013, when he pitched in 76 games with the Rangers. He finished the season with a career low ERA of 1.88, 6 wins and 2 losses, 1 save, and 59 strikeouts to 24 walks in 76.2 innings.
Scheppers suffered from injuries in 2014, 2015, and 2016. An elbow inflammation in 2014 limited his playing time to just 8 games. In 2015, he had an ankle sprain and other injuries that kept him on the DL for part of the season. He finished with a 5.63 ERA in 42 games. He missed most of the 2016 season recovering from knee surgery. He finished with a 4.15 ERA in 8.2 innings in 10 games.
The Rangers designated Scheppers for assignment on August 26, 2017.
Career pitching statistics for Scheppers through 2016 include:
- 175 games played
- 179.0 innings pitched
- 12-6 win-loss record
- 3 saves
- 143 strikeouts to 69 walks
- 4.17 ERA