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Callis on Scheppers, Purke...Evan Grant On Feliz

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"Scheppers signed a month after the Aug. 17 deadline for $1.25 million, roughly a fifth of what Purke was seeking. Scheppers' shoulder is still a question, but if his first outing in the Arizona Fall League is any indication, the Rangers may get a healthy return on investment. Working two scoreless innings, he topped out at 99 mph and backed up his heat with a power curveball." Nice to see Callis soften his stance on Tanner...Here's another link to a column on Feliz http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/majors/organization-reports/texas-rangers/2009/269035.html "On the pitchability front, there is this: Does Feliz have command of enough pitches to go through a batting order three or more times? A pitcher either needs extreme, off-the-charts command of two pitches or three solid pitches to do that. If his fastball sits in the 94-96 mph range—an above-average fastball. His curve was more consistent this season than since the Rangers acquired him, but it's not an above-average pitch. It's usable, though. And then there is his changeup. He went to a split-finger grip for the change and had great results with it, particularly right after he came up. The progress he made with the change makes him a legitimate three-pitch pitcher." And this is from Baseball Prospectus... The Toros believe they will have super-prospect Neftali Feliz pitching for them, mostly because the Rangers are moving him back to starting games, and winter ball could be the perfect place for him to take his refresher course. If they can have Saltalamacchia as the fries alongside the Feliz Happy Meal combo (something the Rangers, according to the Toros GM, are thinking) then so much the better. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9670

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