June 20th, 2011
It all began on May 4th when Neftali Feliz and Tommy Hunter (a pair of former ‘Riders) returned to Frisco for rehab appearances. Little did we know that was just the beginning. These two right-handers have left the front door of Dr Pepper Ballpark open for this long list of major leaguers to follow:
- Scott Feldman (May 14, June 11)
- Josh Hamilton (May 18-19)
- Nelson Cruz (May 16-18)
- Julio Borbon (May 30)
- Brandon Webb (May 30, June 14, 19)
Tanner Scheppers struck out four over two perfect innings of relief in his first minor league appearance in more than two months.
Scheppers needed 14 pitches to record two strikeouts and a groundout in the seventh inning. The right-hander whiffed a pair looking in the eighth. In that frame, he tossed 16 pitches.
Scheppers had not pitched since April 16, when he was a member of Triple-A Round Rock.
The former 44th-overall pick made six appearances for the ‘Riders last season. He allowed just one run on three hits in 11 innings of work with Frisco.
Brandon Webb, on the flip side, did not make it out of the first inning in his rehab start. Webb allowed four runs on six hits in two-thirds of an inning. All six hits were singles.
The former Cy Young Award winner threw 36 pitches, 22 of which were strikes. Webb’s fastball hovered around 85 miles per hour according to the radar gun at Whataburger Field.
The organization has not yet scheduled the next outing for both Scheppers and Webb.