We've said all along on this blog that Tanner Scheppers and Robbie Ross, despite being stretched out to start this spring, belong in the bullpen where they are key pieces and big parts of why the bullpen is maybe the Rangers' greatest strength, matched only perhaps by the top five in the Rangers' batting order.
But does Scheppers have a chance to be a starter instead of the club's setup man? According to The Dallas Morning News Rangers beat writer Evan Grant, he does. Grant says the following about Scheppers and his hope of being a starter after being an elite setup man last year.
It was about this time last year that Tanner Scheppers hit his stride and put himself in position to make a significant contribution to the bullpen. He’s doing the same thing again this spring with a spot in the rotation at stake. He starts on Friday with a chance to all but lock up a rotation spot. When/if Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis and Derek Holland return to the rotation, Scheppers and Ogando could slide back to the bullpen to further reinforce it.
So far this spring, Scheppers has made a relatively strong case to start, at least early on in the season while the Rangers wait for reinforcements. In three starts, Scheppers is sporting a 3.12 ERA this spring and has been much better than guys like Tommy Hanson and Alexi Ogando.