Scherman saw promise in both players, one of them Mike Mathile, he told The Daily News.
"They both have great potential," Scherman told The Daily News, "Mike as a starter and Rich as a reliever, and they had terrific seasons in the minors last year."
Mathile's previous season saw him go 12-5, with a 2.86 ERA at AA Harrisburg. He went on to see AAA in each of the next three seasons. Mathile, however, never saw the majors.
Mathile's career began in 1990, taken by the Expos in the third round of the draft out of Wright State University.
At Wright State, Mathile won 25 games over his career and struck out 203. He was later inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
He started with the Expos at short-season Jamestown. He went 2-6 over 14 starts, with an ERA of 2.50. Mathile moved to single-A Rockford for 1991, where he went 9-3, with a 2.47 ERA over 17 starts.
He then had that terrific season at Harrisburg in 1992. In April, he gave up a single hit and set down 14 consecutive batters in a 1-0 Harrisburg win.
At AAA Ottawa in 1993, his record ended at 9-9, with a 4.17 ERA. He then split 1994 between Ottawa and AAA Indianapolis with the Reds, though he only saw four outings total.
He then finished out his career with 14 outings back at Indianapolis for 1995.
Mathile has since returned to Ohio and gone into business as a family business executive and private investor. He also became chairman of a business called CYMI Holdings.
In 2017, he spoke in a feature about how his time in baseball helped him in the business world.
"It wasn't until about two or three years into owning my own business," Mathile said in the profile, "where I started realizing that a lot of the skills that I had learned in dealing with people in a business setting came from me sharing a locker room with 25 other baseball players."
- Dayton Daily News, March 10, 1993: Baseball vet makes pitch for locals
- Forbes.com, Aileron, Aug. 21, 2017: Inside The Mathile Family: Why Mike Mathile Didn't Believe in Plan B
Made the Majors:1,157-36.4%
Never Made Majors:2,027-63.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 480
10+ Seasons in the Minors:283