Saints of the Independent leagues. In two games this season, Scheppers has a 1.00 ERA with 9 strike outs and 6 walks. He projects well as front of the line starter, but is a few years away from contributing at the big league level. Scheppers was nice enough to give Eli's MLB Rumors 10 minutes of his time last week, and I appreciate every minute of it. Enjoy!
ELI: It had been awhile since your last start. What was it like getting back on the mound for the first time?
TANNER: It was great. It was nice to get back on the mound again.
ELI: What was working for you in that start?
TANNER: My fastball was there. I had controlled stuff, it was good.
ELI: You had a long road back to the mound, what sort of preparation did you have for this season?
TANNER: You know, I worked hard. I thought I prepared myself well. I just had to get myself into the right mindset.
ELI: Can you tell me a little bit about your recovery from the stress fracture in your throwing shoulder?
TANNER: Yeah, I did a lot of stretching at the Sports Medicine Institute. For four months, an hour and half each day of running, stretching, and light weights.
ELI: You are going through the draft for the second time now. Do you feel the first experience has prepared you better for this time around?
TANNER: Yeah, definitely. The biggest thing is that this time around I know what not to think about.
ELI: The Pirates have the fourth overall pick in this years draft. Would you have a problem with them drafting you again?
TANNER: Uh. [Pause] I'm not going to comment on that. No comment.
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