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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 27)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.3 4.42 1.39 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date1-17-1987
Height6' 4"
Weight200 lbs
Age27 years, 9 months, 8 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
0.32012
0.82013
-0.72014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2012 TEX 25 39 0 32.3 0.0 32.3 1 1 1 0 0 0 152 47 18 16 6 71 9 6 2 30 4.45 4.62 4.47 2.8 0.3
2013 TEX 26 76 0 76.7 0.0 76.7 6 2 1 3 0 0 302 58 21 16 6 84 24 20 7 59 1.88 3.77 3.86 7.0 0.8
2014 TEX 27 8 4 23.0 18.3 4.7 0 1 0 0 0 0 111 31 24 23 6 51 10 10 3 17 9.00 6.77 8.25 -6.2 -0.7
Career1234132.018.3113.77423005651366355182064336121063.754.504.843.60.4

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2011 FRI AA 17 0 23.0 3.91 124 .208 .271 .336 .420 .259 .274 103 4.8 0.5 4.8 0.5
2011 ROU AAA 11 1 20.7 3.41 140 .255 .286 .361 .456 .268 .383 102 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2012 TEX MLB 39 0 32.3 4.47 105 .309 .257 .317 .416 .263 .390 106 2.8 0.3 2.8 0.3
2012 ROU AAA 27 0 31.0 3.71 122 .229 .272 .334 .418 .264 .322 91 6.3 0.6 6.3 0.6
2013 TEX MLB 76 0 76.7 3.86 111 .213 .256 .318 .404 .268 .252 101 7.0 0.8 7.0 0.8
2014 TEX MLB 8 4 23.0 8.25 7 .331 .247 .312 .380 .260 .333 103 -6.2 -0.7 -6.2 -0.7
2014 FRI AA 2 1 2.0 4.39 107 .213 .250 .316 .393 .257 .286 108 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.1
2014 ROU AAA 3 1 3.7 7.87 43 .441 .271 .338 .430 .276 .333 99 -1.6 -0.2 -1.6 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2011 ROU AAA 2 0 2 11 1 20.7 23 12 20 0 47% .383 10.0 5.2 0.0 8.7 1.69 4.35 6.3 0.6
2011 FRI AA 2 1 0 17 0 23.0 18 9 24 1 43% .274 7.0 3.5 0.4 9.4 1.17 3.13 4.8 0.5
2012 TEX MLB 1 1 1 39 0 32.3 47 9 30 6 44% .390 13.1 2.5 1.7 8.4 1.73 4.45 2.8 0.3
2012 ROU AAA 1 2 11 27 0 31.0 30 4 31 2 39% .322 8.7 1.2 0.6 9.0 1.10 3.48 6.3 0.6
2013 TEX MLB 6 2 1 76 0 76.7 58 24 59 6 51% .252 6.8 2.8 0.7 6.9 1.07 1.88 7.0 0.8
2014 ROU AAA 0 0 0 3 1 3.7 7 1 3 3 53% .333 17.2 2.5 7.4 7.4 2.18 12.27 -1.6 -0.2
2014 FRI AA 0 0 0 2 1 2.0 2 1 1 0 43% .286 9.0 4.5 0.0 4.5 1.50 0.00 0.5 0.1
2014 TEX MLB 0 1 0 8 4 23.0 31 10 17 6 54% .333 12.1 3.9 2.3 6.7 1.78 9.00 -6.2 -0.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 552 0.5598 0.4783 0.8144 0.6505 0.2593 0.9005 0.5397 0.1856
2013 1066 0.4728 0.5084 0.7934 0.6925 0.3434 0.8739 0.6477 0.2066
2014 416 0.4976 0.4351 0.8287 0.6425 0.2297 0.8647 0.7292 0.1713
Career20340.50150.48520.80630.67090.29730.87920.63510.1937

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-11 2014-09-29 60-DL 110 97 Right Elbow Inflammation -
2014-04-18 2014-06-05 15-DL 48 43 Right Elbow Inflammation - -
2014-02-18 2014-03-02 Camp 12 0 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-07-26 2013-07-28 DTD 2 2 - Contusion Punched on The Street - -
2013-02-24 2013-03-06 Camp 10 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2012-10-31 2012-10-31 Off 0 0 Right Surgery Turf Toe 2012-10-31 -
2012-09-19 2012-09-25 DTD 6 6 Right Knee Contusion - -
2011-04-17 2011-06-19 Minors 63 0 Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disc -
2011-04-07 2011-04-15 Minors 8 0 Low Back Soreness -
2011-03-04 2011-03-21 Camp 17 0 Low Back Soreness -
2010-06-05 2010-06-13 Minors 8 0 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-06-28 2008-06-28 Minors 0 0 Right Shoulder Cartilage Injury Labrum - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TEX $
2014 TEX $515,179
2013 TEX $493,600
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$493,600
2011Current$515,179
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,008,779
3 yrTotal$1,008,779

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 119 dGreg Genske1 year/$515,179 (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$515,179 (2014). Re-signed by Texas 2/20/14.
  • 1 year/$0.4936M (2013). Re-signed by Texas 2/18/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Texas 6/7/12.
  • Drafted by Texas 2009 (1s-44) (St. Paul of the independent American Association). $1.25M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 0 0 1 0 0 77.4 61 21 70 7 .259 1.05 2.74 2.98 0.0 0.0
80o 0 0 1 0 0 70.8 60 20 64 6 .274 1.13 3.13 3.4 0.0 0.0
70o 0 0 1 0 0 66.1 59 20 60 6 .285 1.20 3.41 3.71 0.0 0.0
60o 0 0 1 0 0 62.3 58 20 56 6 .294 1.25 3.66 3.98 0.0 0.0
50o 0 0 1 0 0 58.7 57 20 53 6 .303 1.31 3.90 4.23 0.0 0.0
40o 0 0 1 0 0 55.2 56 19 50 6 .311 1.36 4.13 4.49 0.0 0.0
30o 0 0 1 0 0 51.6 55 19 47 6 .321 1.42 4.39 4.77 0.0 0.0
20o 0 0 1 0 0 47.4 53 18 43 6 .332 1.50 4.70 5.11 0.0 0.0
10o 0 0 1 0 0 41.9 50 17 38 5 .347 1.60 5.14 5.59 0.0 0.0
Weighted Mean0010058.15619526.3001.293.864.20.00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
35% 46% 20% 20% 79%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20152831151054501552644.2931.203.493.808.32.58.71.00.7
20162931151054491950544.2911.273.663.988.23.28.40.80.6
20173031155058551754644.3001.243.663.988.52.68.40.90.7
20183131151054501550644.2951.203.463.768.32.58.31.00.8
20193221148050481447544.2991.233.623.938.62.58.40.90.6
20203321144047451343544.3011.243.724.048.72.58.31.00.5
20213421141044431240544.3021.253.794.128.82.58.21.00.4
20223521140042411139544.3011.233.653.978.72.38.31.10.5
20233621138040391037544.3021.233.653.978.82.28.31.10.5

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
19.211.113.39.511.511.864.6

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 89 Cory Wade 2010 0.00 DNP
2 87 Steve Cishek 2013 2.45
3 87 Mark Melancon 2012 6.20
4 86 Greg Holland 2013 1.48
5 85 Luke Gregerson 2011 3.72
6 85 Brian Wilson 2009 3.36
7 85 Daniel Herrera 2012 0.00 DNP
8 85 Fu-Te Ni 2010 7.43
9 85 Darren O'Day 2010 2.18
10 84 Denny Bautista 2010 3.74
11 84 Ramon Ramirez 2009 3.36
12 84 Kevin Jepsen 2012 3.43
13 84 Cesar Jimenez 2012 0.00 DNP
14 84 Evan Meek 2010 2.81
15 83 Ronald Belisario 2010 5.04
16 83 Brandon League 2010 4.33
17 82 Gary Majewski 2007 8.61
18 82 Daniel Schlereth 2013 0.00 DNP
19 82 Cody Eppley 2013 21.60
20 81 Jerry Blevins 2011 4.45
21 81 Sergio Santos 2011 3.55
22 81 Joe Paterson 2013 3.86
23 81 C.J. Wilson 2008 6.80
24 81 Ryan Webb 2013 3.36
25 81 Vinnie Pestano 2012 2.57
26 80 Ramon Troncoso 2010 4.83
27 80 Andrew Bailey 2011 3.89
28 80 Cory Gearrin 2013 3.77
29 80 Alexi Ogando 2011 3.83
30 80 A.J. Murray 2009 0.00 DNP
31 80 Scott Elbert 2013 0.00 DNP
32 80 David Aardsma 2009 2.90
33 80 Pedro Strop 2012 2.44
34 80 Jeremy Accardo 2009 2.92
35 80 Jensen Lewis 2011 0.00 DNP
36 80 Jose Mijares 2012 2.88
37 79 Bobby Jenks 2008 2.63
38 79 Chris Hatcher 2012 5.52
39 79 Royce Ring 2008 10.07
40 79 Javy Guerra 2013 7.59
41 79 Robbie Weinhardt 2013 0.00 DNP
42 79 Joe Smith 2011 2.15
43 79 Juan Gutierrez 2011 8.35
44 79 Rich Thompson 2012 12.00
45 79 Ryan Braun 2008 0.00 DNP
46 79 Jared Burton 2008 3.68
47 79 Jim Johnson 2010 3.76
48 79 Jose Capellan 2008 4.50
49 78 Daniel Bard 2012 6.37
50 78 Santiago Casilla 2008 3.93
51 78 Rafael Perez 2009 7.50
52 78 Alfredo Aceves 2010 3.75
53 78 Sergio Romo 2010 2.32
54 78 Tony Pena 2009 4.89
55 78 Freddy Dolsi 2010 0.00 DNP
56 78 Kanekoa Texeira 2013 0.00 DNP
57 78 Alex Hinshaw 2010 0.00 DNP
58 78 Brandon Medders 2007 4.91
59 78 Dan Runzler 2012 0.00
60 78 Duaner Sanchez 2007 0.00 DNP
61 78 Josh Roenicke 2010 7.11
62 77 Manny Delcarmen 2009 5.43
63 77 Sam Demel 2013 0.00 DNP
64 77 Josh Rupe 2010 5.59
65 77 Nick Hagadone 2013 5.74
66 77 Jeff Stevens 2011 5.14
67 77 Logan Ondrusek 2012 3.79
68 77 Todd Coffey 2008 4.39
69 77 Ryan Rowland-Smith 2010 7.74
70 77 Blaine Boyer 2009 5.93
71 77 Warner Madrigal 2011 0.00 DNP
72 77 Wesley Wright 2012 3.61
73 77 Randy Wells 2010 4.49
74 77 Josh Lueke 2012 18.90
75 77 Al Alburquerque 2013 4.59
76 77 Phil Coke 2010 3.90
77 77 Joe Thatcher 2009 2.80
78 77 Osiris Matos 2012 0.00 DNP
79 76 Jose De La Torre 2013 6.35
80 76 Bobby Parnell 2012 3.15
81 76 Zach Miner 2009 4.78
82 76 Renyel Pinto 2010 2.70
83 76 Jay Marshall 2010 0.00 DNP
84 76 Ryan Madson 2008 3.16
85 76 J.P. Howell 2010 0.00 DNP
86 76 Franquelis Osoria 2009 0.00 DNP
87 76 Kyle McClellan 2011 4.51
88 76 Jonathan Papelbon 2008 3.12
89 76 Brad Brach 2013 4.35
90 75 Brian Bruney 2009 3.92
91 75 Kris Medlen 2013 3.52
92 75 Jonathan Albaladejo 2010 3.97
93 75 Fernando Salas 2012 4.45
94 75 Jon Meloan 2012 0.00 DNP
95 75 Jeff Niemann 2010 4.44
96 75 Josh Wilkie 2012 0.00 DNP
97 75 Junichi Tazawa 2013 3.29
98 75 Romulo Sanchez 2011 0.00 DNP
99 75 Troy Patton 2013 4.18
100 75 Sean Burnett 2010 2.43

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .232 .300 .357 .226
11 vs R (Multi) .247 .325 .347 .224
18 Split (Multi) -.015 -.025 .010 .002
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .218 .283 .316 .205
31 vs R (2013) .210 .306 .304 .207
38 Split (2013) .008 -.023 .011 -.002
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Once considered a ticking time bomb due to past shoulder troubles, Scheppers has largely maintained a clean bill of health during his three-year career. Best known for his electric velocity, firing a fastball in the mid-to-upper-90s, he also deploys a quality breaking ball thatís somewhere between a curve and a slider. For all his overpowering stuff, inconsistent command has held Scheppers back, and it may keep him from reaching his vaunted ceiling. Although the 26-year-old threw more strikes last season, he remained loose within the zone, making him hittable in limited big-league innings. Scheppers is a wild card in the Rangers bullpen mix. With the talent for a breakout season, heíll be counted on to solidify the clubís middle-relief corps.
2012 An up-and-down 2011 season, thanks to injury and inconsistency, has pushed hard-throwing reliever Tanner Scheppers down the prospect food chain, but with two 70-grade pitches at his fingertips, a late-inning future is still very possible.
2011 After choosing to go the indie-ball route rather than sign with the Pirates in 2008, Scheppers re-entered the 2009 draft and fell to the Rangers with the 44th overall pick. Armed with a plus-plus fastball/curve combo, Scheppers made the transition to professional ball look easy, cruising through his brief Double-A tour and showing major league-quality late-inning stuff. With an eye toward developing Scheppers as a starter, the Rangers sent the electric right-hander to Triple-A, where he made seven starts and focused on refining his below-average changeup. If the fastball command tightens up and the changeup can become an average pitch, Scheppers has a chance to be a second starter. The more likely scenario has Scheppers showcasing his power arsenal out of the pen, where his fastball can reach the upper 90s and his curve can make hitters look foolish.
2010 Scheppers was one of the best arms available in the 2008 draft, but concerns over a shoulder injury were too much for the Pirates to come to terms with him, so he pitched in independent ball last spring. His medical situation still dropped him out of the first round, with the Rangers finally taking him and signing him to a $1.25 million bonus. Signing too late to make his affiliated pro debut, he pitched in the Arizona Fall League and blew away scouts and batters with a swing-and-miss slider and an upper-90s fastball that got up to 99. He could be in the big leagues as soon as this summer if his move to the bullpen is permanent. Many feel that's the best idea, as every pitch he throws in the minors could be a waste of an investment; between his shoulder issues and ugly mechanics, the expectation is that there are only so many miles on his arm. There's a good chance here for one of those supernova careers, a bright, overwhelming flash of light, and then, just as quickly, he's gone.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your expectations for Tanner Scheppers from Texas? He's now the opening day starter b/c of the Darvish injury. Does he have what it takes to be a solid #2 or #3?
(holmesp2001 from St. Louis)
The mechanics and past injury history just scream reliever to me. That said, he's got two really good pitches and, depending on the changeup, he could certainly develop into a nice starter. The Rangers have had as much success as any team moving relievers to the rotation, so I'm not going to write him off or anything. I suppose, in a perfect world, he'd turn into a no. 3 starter. But I wouldn't put great odds on that for the aforementioned reasons. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul I trust your pitching instincts more than anyone else's in the industry. There are some attractive mid round starters with RP SP eligibility. Tyson Ross, Smyly, Alex Wood and Tanner Scheppers. In our points format dual eligibility is critically important. How do you rank these guys and which should I reach for and which mignt be less attractive this season?
(Joe Sparma from Detroit )
Ah, the SP/RP guys... I'm aware of their potential improved value in some formats. I think you've actually ranked them as I would, though I might even gamble on Scheppers over Wood. Wood's going to get his shot because their rotation is decimated, but I'm not sure he's a full-time starter. Those mechanics are butt. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Tanner Scheppers start? What are your expectations for Buckel? Does Texas keep Olt or trade him? Do you think Grimm can figure it out?
(Joe Don Luna from North Texas)
Scheppers shouldn't start; Buckel could develop into a solid #4 starter type; not sure about Olt; Grimm is a better prospect than Buckel, and I think could develop into a very good starting pitcher at the major league level. This is a guy that could have three plus pitches and a body to log innings. I really like Grimm. (Jason Parks)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Tanner Scheppers make the majors this year?
(lnodolf from Fillmore,ca)
Jon Daniels promoted Scheppers to the majors before the chat started. So, Iím doubling down on yes. (R.J. Anderson)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

A Collaboration between BrooksBaseball.net and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC


Tanner Scheppers has thrown 2,461 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (95mph) and Slider (83mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (96mph). He also rarely throws a Change (89mph).