As a pair of former college righthanders now pitching in the independent leagues as they await the June draft, it’s hard not to compare Aaron Crow and Tanner Scheppers. The two are both righthanders with plus fastballs (although Scheppers throws harder) and solid breaking stuff. And now they are throwing on roughly the same schedule.
In their first outings, Scheppers was clearly the sharper of the two. But this weekend while Scheppers struggled in St. Paul, Crow dominated Wichita Saturday night in an exhibition outing. Crow allowed two hits and struck out two in four scoreless innings.
"He was a lot sharper. He was around the zone a lot better," Fort Worth manager Chad Treadaway said. "That’s what I’m expecting–for him to be shaper every time out. To me he looked better as far his control."
Crow’s fastball sat at 92-94 mph according to Fort Worth’s radar gun. He also did a better job of throwing his slider to strikes and he mixed in some changeups.
"He threw real well. He had good command of his offspeed pitches," Cats pitching coach James Frisbie said. "He pitched a lot more relaxed and under control."
Crow will make his first official start of the season on Friday when Fort Worth hosts Grand Prairie. He’s expected to be stretched out to 70 pitches after throwing 59 on Saturday.
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