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Two Rangers pitchers land in Top 50 Prospects

Two Rangers pitchers land in Top 50 Prospects

Two Rangers pitchers land in Top 50 Prospects
The Rangers' farm system includes a large batch of prospective big league talent, perhaps more so on the mound than anywhere else.

That very notion can be seen through the likes of hurlers Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers, both of whom have landed among MLB.com's Top 50 Prospects.

The baby-faced Perez, just 19 and already drawing comparisons to Johan Santana, grabbed the No. 23 spot after using the 2010 campaign to prove he's well ahead of the curve. Following the challenge of a Double-A promotion at the end of the 2009 season, the left-handed Perez put together a 5-8 mark with a 5.96 ERA in 24 games, 23 of which he started.

Top 50 Prospects
  1. Mike Trout, Angels |
  2. Jeremy Hellickson, Rays |
  3. Bryce Harper, Nationals |
  4. Domonic Brown, Phillies |
  5. Dustin Ackley, Mariners |
  6. Aroldis Chapman, Reds |
  7. Mike Moustakas, Royals |
  8. Eric Hosmer, Royals |
  9. Jesus Montero, Yankees |
10. Julio Teheran, Braves |
11. Desmond Jennings, Rays |
12. Kyle Drabek, Blue Jays |
13. Michael Pineda, Mariners |
14. Mike Montgomery, Royals |
15. Jacob Turner, Tigers |
16. Wil Myers, Royals |
17. Freddie Freeman, Braves |
18. Jameson Taillon, Pirates |
19. Zach Britton, Orioles |
20. Shelby Miller, Cardinals |
21. Mike Minor, Braves |
22. Casey Kelly, Padres |
23. Martin Perez, Rangers |
24. Manny Machado, Orioles |
25. Chris Sale, White Sox |
26. Brandon Belt, Giants |
27. Matt Moore, Rays |
28. Brett Lawrie, Blue Jays |
29. Jarrod Parker, D-backs |
30. Jonathan Singleton, Phillies |
31. Jordan Lyles, Astros |
32. Gary Sanchez, Yankees |
33. Tyler Matzek, Rockies |
34. John Lamb, Royals |
35. Manny Banuelos, Yankees |
36. Lonnie Chisenhall, Indians |
37. Jake Odorizzi, Royals |
38. Nick Franklin, Mariners |
39. Aaron Hicks, Twins |
40. Kyle Gibson, Twins |
41. Wilin Rosario, Rockies |
42. Jose Iglesias, Red Sox |
43. Tanner Scheppers, Rangers |
44. Dee Gordon, Dodgers |
45. Devin Mesoraco, Reds |
46. Brett Jackson, Cubs |
47. Chris Archer, Rays |
48. J.P. Arencibia, Blue Jays |
49. Yonder Alonso, Reds |
50. Christian Friedrich, Rockies |

His rather forgettable ERA came as a result of command struggles, but Perez is expected to use his three plus pitches -- an above-average changeup, low-to-mid-90s fastball and potentially devastating breaking ball -- to transform into a big league rotation leader some day.

Scheppers, meanwhile, ranks No. 43 on the list and recently received his second straight non-roster invite to big league camp this year. The invitation came on the heels of a 2010 campaign that saw him split time between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The 24-year-old righty pitched 11 innings and allowed one run on three hits while fanning 19 in six games for the RoughRiders before moving on to Oklahoma City, where he was 1-3 with a 5.48 ERA in seven starts and 23 relief appearances. Scheppers allowed 82 hits and 30 walks while striking out 71 in 69 innings at Oklahoma City.

The Rangers still plan to stretch out Scheppers as a starter but have not ruled him out as a possible bullpen addition if the need arises.

Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Major Lee-ague, and follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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