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The 20 Things You Need to Know For 2011

We figured out the people, places, and ideas that matter this year in Dallas. You're welcome.
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Pitcher Tanner Scheppers will be the next minor leaguer to claw his way onto the Texas Rangers roster and into your sports heart.

“He’s likely an impact bullpen addition, though some believe he can start,” says Jamey Newberg, creator of The Newberg Report, more or less the Texas Rangers bible. “Will he start the season in the majors? I think he’ll get that chance.  But if he struggles any in camp, he’ll start the year at Round Rock and be up shortly thereafter. Like Derek Holland this year.”

Newberg’s scouting report: “Upper-90s velocity, hammer curve, solid change.  Starter’s repertoire, but past shoulder issues and struggles as a starter in 2010 combine to make it more likely he breaks in as a reliever. Had a sensational first half in 2010, his first pro season, but started elevating pitches in the second half and took himself out of consideration for the stretch run—a minor upset after the way he’d pitched in the spring.” —JOE CAPASSO.

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