Prospect watch: Mike Olt, Tanner Scheppers

January, 25, 2012
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Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.com, put together his list of prospects who helped themselves with strong offseasons this winter. Two Rangers made Goldstein's list:
Mike Olt, 3B, Texas Rangers: Olt was in the midst of a breakout season, batting .286/.395/.508 in a tough park at high-A Myrtle Beach when he broke his collarbone in a home plate collision. Now 54 games does not a breakout make, so after a rusty return to finish the regular season, he picked up where he left off by leading the Arizona Fall League with 13 home runs in just 106 at-bats while batting .349/.433/.764.

He's a plus defender at third base as well. His overall future is bright, but with Adrian Beltre entrenched at the position in the big leagues, Olt's future with Texas is a bit muddled.

Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Rangers: Scheppers hasn't been the same pitcher since the Rangers briefly dabbled with making him a starter, but he showed signs of returning to his old self in Venezuela this winter. With a classic two-pitch mix of a well-above-average fastball and power breaker, Scheppers has late innings potential.

While he walked 13 in 13 innings for Magallanes, he also limited batters to a 5-for-41 (.122) mark with 16 strikeouts. That's half of a major step forward for Scheppers, and the other half could land him in Texas in short order.
You can read the whole list here (Insider).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182