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Scheppers preparing for starting role

Scheppers has an elite fastball

After spending most of his debut season in the bullpen, right-hander Tanner Scheppers is expected to begin the 2011 campaign as a starting pitcher. Lone Star Dugout caught up with the 23-year-old to reflect on this past season.

Tanner Scheppers gained a reputation as one of baseball's elite pitching prospects before he'd thrown an official pitch in professional baseball. Flashing his upper-90s fastball and plus curveball, the right-hander logged 11 innings in the Arizona Fall League shortly after signing with Texas for $1.25 million in '09. He also appeared in four games––and 5.1 innings––with the Rangers in big league...

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