As the Pirates shift their focus to next month’s draft, one player the Pirates won’t be signing is right-hander Tanner Scheppers, who stock is going up rapidly while he pitches for the St. Paul Saints in the independent Northern League.
Scheppers has declined to give permission to the Pirates to redraft him after being their second-round pick last year.
Scheppers was upset by what he felt was a low-ball offer following his junior season at Fresno State that ended early because of shoulder problems.
The Pirates were concerned Scheppers might need surgery but he has avoided the knife to this point.
Scheppers is projected to be a top 10 pick.