August 2011

Field, Rosario & Wheeler Named TL All-Stars

TULSA TRIO VOTED TO ELITE TEXAS LEAGUE SQUAD

The Texas League has named it 2011 End of Season All-Star Team and the Tulsa Drillers are well represented. Outfielder Tim Wheeler, catcher Wilin Rosario and second baseman Tommy Field were all elected to the elite squad that is determined through voting by league managers and media members.

With three All-Stars, Tulsa matched Arkansas, San Antonio and Springfield for the most players on the 18-man team.

Wheeler currently leads the TL in home runs, a spot that he has occupied for much of the season. But, the outfielder has done more than hit homers this season. Entering the final week of the season, Wheeler is hitting .291 with 85 runs batted in. He was leading the league with 154 hits, 66 extra-base hits and 101 runs scored, while also stealing 19 bases and picking up 13 assists from his centerfield position.

Like Wheeler, Rosario and Field have enjoyed well-rounded seasons. Field is hitting .278 with 17 homers and 60 runs batted in. Defensively, he has made only eight errors and leads on TL second baseman with a .982 fielding percentage. Field has been involved in 71 doubles plays, nearly 20 more than any other second baseman in the league.

Rosario Hits Two
Catcher Wilin Rosario joined Tulsa teammates Tommy Field and Tim Wheeler on the 2011 Texas League End of Season All-Star Team.  (Rich Crimi)

Rosario entered the final week with a .250 batting average, 19 homers and 40 runs batted in. Behind the plate, he leads all TL catchers with a .992 fielding percentage. Rosario has thrown out 37% of attempted base stealers this season, the second highest mark in the league.

Springfield’s Matt Adams edged Wheeler for the Texas League Player of the Year Award, while Arkansas’ Matt Shoemaker, who could win the league’s pitching triple crown, was chosen as the Pitcher of the Year.

Former Oklahoma State University standout Doug Dascenzo was named the Manager of the Year for leading San Antonio to the best record in the league. The Missions will likely become the first Texas League team in 50 years to reach 90 total wins. Amarillo last accomplished the feat in 1961.

Corpus Christi’s hitting coach, John Moses, was named the recipient of the Mike Coolbaugh Coach of the Year Award. Coolbaugh is the former Drillers hitting coach that was tragically killed in a game against Arkansas during the 2007 season.

The complete Texas League End of Season All-Star Team is below.

  

2011 TEXAS LEAGUE END OF SEASON ALL-STAR TEAM

1B Matt Adams-Springfield

2B Tommy Field-Tulsa

3B James Darnell-San Antonio

SS Ryan Jackson-Springfield

UT Grant Green-Midland

OF J.D. Martinez-Corpus Christi

OF Jermaine Mitchell-Midland

OF Mike Trout-Arkansas

OF Tim Wheeler-Tulsa

DH Tommy Mendonca-Frisco

C Salvador Perez-NW Arkansas

C Wilin Rosario-Tulsa

P Brad Brach-San Antonio

P Dallas Keuchel-Corpus Christi

P Shelby Miller-Springfield

P Garrett Richards-Arkansas

P Matt Shoemaker-Arkansas

P Joe Wieland-San Antonio

Texas League Player of the Year – Matt Adams, Springfield

Texas League Pitcher of the Year – Matt Shoemaker, Arkansas

Texas League Manager of the Year – Doug Dascenzo, San Antonio

Mike Coolbaugh TL Coach of the Year – John Moses, Corpus Christi

Wheeler Receives Third Texas League Award

For the third time this season, Tulsa Drillers outfielder Tim Wheeler has been named the Texas League’s Hitter of the Week. The award was based on performances for the period of August 22-28.

Wheeler joins Arkansas pitcher Matt Shoemaker as the only three-time winner this season of the weekly Texas League Awards. Shoemaker has been named Pitcher of the Week on three different occasions

Wheeler hit safely in six of Tulsa’s seven games this past week. Overall, he was 12-31 (.387) with 2 doubles, 3 homers and 6 runs batted in. His last home run gave him 32 on the season, tying him for the most in one season in Drillers franchise history. The total also leads the TL.

The Drillers currently own a season high six-game winning streak.

Drillers, Tulsa To Host 2012 Texas League All-Star Game

The Texas League has officially announced that the Tulsa Drillers will host the 2012 U.S. Cellular Texas League All-Star Game at ONEOK Field. The game will feature the North Division All-Stars versus the South Division All-Stars and will be played on Thursday, June 28.  

“We are excited to have the opportunity to host the Texas League’s marquee event next summer,” said General Manager Mike Melega. “We think downtown Tulsa and ONEOK Field will provide the perfect settings for this great game.”

Game To Be Played at ONEOK Field on Thursday, June 28 2012.

The official logo for the game features a Drillers “T” attached to an iconic oil derrick that recalls Tulsa’s days as the “Oil Capital of the World” and as a longtime member of the historic Texas League.

The very first TL All-Star Game was played in 1936, and Tulsa has hosted the event on five previous occasions. The city was the host site in 1962, 1981, 1982, 1990 and 1999.

Other activities are planned for the night of the game, including a pair of pre-game home run hitting contests.  One will feature the TL’s top hitters, while another will highlight some of the area’s top high school sluggers.

The night will conclude with a post-game fireworks display.

Drillers Season Ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets for the game. Tickets to the general public will go on sale later this year and will range in price from $6 to $16.

A number of current and past major league stars have played in Texas League All-Star Games. This list includes: Alex Gordon, Troy Tulowitzki, Hunter Pence, Paul Konerko, Ubaldo Jimenez, Colby Rasmus and Johnny Damon, plus Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Joe Morgan, Willie McCovey and Dizzy Dean.

Drillers Conclude Regular Season At ONEOK Field, Aug 30 – Sept 5

The Tulsa Drillers will conclude the 2011 regular season with a 7-game homestand at ONEOK Field that will begin on Tuesday, August 30 and run through Labor Day on Monday, September 5. The stand will include four games against the Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals) followed by three games with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Kansas City Royals).

The first six games of the set will all begin at 7:05PM. The final game of the regular season on Monday, September 5 will have a special afternoon start time of 1:05PM.

The homestand will have one of the best promotional lineups of the season, including Fan Appreciation Weekend that will be highlighted by two separate Fireworks Shows on Friday, September 2 and Sunday, September 4. Other events will include Oktoberfest/Thirsty Thursday on September 1, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic on September 3 and Fan Appreciation Day for the regular season finale on September 5.

A complete list of promotions with descriptions is below.

Tickets for all of the games are now on sale at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office at 201 N. Elgin Ave. and at TulsaDrillers.com .Tickets are also available by calling the Ticket Office at (918)744-5901.

Season Ticket Redemption:The Drillers are giving season ticket holders a special opportunity to redeem any of their unused tickets during the homestand. Any unused season ticket can be exchanged at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office for a general admission ticket to any game during the homestand, including the two Fireworks Shows. The offer is only good for season tickets.

On Home Turf:Tulsa is 6-6 against Springfield at ONEOK Field this year and 5-6 against Northwest Arkansas.

Bring Your Bats:Expect plenty of offense in the series with the Cardinals. The two teams have combined to average nearly 12 runs scored per game in 28 previous meetings this year. As a team, the Drillers are hitting .295 against the Redbirds. Tommy Field leads the way with a .396 average and 7 home runs, while Hector Gomez is batting .291 against the Cards with 6 homers.

Keeping It Close:If past performance is any indication, you can expect to see close games during the 7-game homestand. Of the 63 games the Drillers have played at ONEOK Field this season, 29 (46%) have been decided by one or two runs.

DRILLERS SCHEDULE/PROMOTIONS (August 30-Sept. 5)

Tuesday, August 30. . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM $2 TUESDAY
The ultimate night of discounts returns to ONEOK Field with $2 Tuesday presented by Pepsi, Warehouse Market, Mix 96 and 2 News Works For You. General Admission tickets on the outfield lawn are only $2.00 each, while all other tickets are discounted $3.00 off normal prices. In addition, hot dogs, Mazzio’s Pizza slices, 21 ounce Pepsi fountain drinks, jumbo soft pretzels and souvenir programs will be on sale for only $2.00 each.
KRAFT SINGLES TUESDAY NIGHT TICKETS
Buy one, get one FREE from Kraft Singles! Fans presenting an outer wrapper from a package of Kraft Singles can purchase two regular priced tickets for the price of one! Only one ticket discount can be used when purchasing tickets.

Wednesday, August 31. . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM
AMERICAN WAR MEMORIAL NIGHT / DAV TRADING CARDS
All retired and active members of the United States Armed Forces can receive ½ price general admission tickets at the Stadium Ticket Windows with a proper ID courtesy of BOB FM 92.9. In addition, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will give a set of special-edition, Drillers trading cards to the first 500 fans.

FAN APPRECIATION WEEKEND – September 1-4!!!
Thursday, September 1. . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM
THIRSTY THURSDAY / OKTOBERFEST NIGHT
Tulsa’s favorite festival comes to ONEOK Field with Oktoberfest Night presented by Z104.5, The Edge! Not only will you be able to work on your “Chicken Dance,” but it is also a Thirsty Thursday with 12 ounce servings of Bud and Bud Light and 21 ounce servings of Pepsi products on sale for only $1 each. Siegi’s bratwursts will be on sale, 2 for the price of 1 and Spaten Beer will be only $2 per serving at the Beer Cart. Live music will be provided by Brandon Clark. Sponsored by Z104.5, The Edge.

Friday, September 2. . . Springfield Cardinals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM
FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS / MYRON NOODLEMAN
Our final Friday Night Fireworks promotion now gives you another reason to come downtown – an appearance by Myron Noodleman! Myron will entertain fans during the game with his crazy antics, while after the game, the skies will be filled with fireworks compliments of River Spirit Casino and 98.5 KVOO.

Saturday, September 3. . . N.W. Arkansas Naturals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 6:00PM
GRAND SLAM SATURDAY / PHILLIE PHANATIC / 2012 SCHEDULE MAGNETS
NewsChannel 8 presents Grand Slam Saturday and an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic! Not only do the Phillies have one of the best teams in baseball, they have one of the best mascots. The Phanatic will keep everyone laughing with his hilarious routines. In addition, all fans will receive a Drillers 2012 Schedule Magnet when they enter the stadium.

Sunday, September 4. . . N.W. Arkansas Naturals (7:05PM) – Gates Open at 5:45PM
FAMILY FUNDAY SUNDAY FIREWORKS / HORNSBY T-SHIRTS / AUTOGRAPH SESSION / KIDS EAT FREE
Fan Appreciation Weekend concludes with the best promotion lineup of the season presented by 2 News Works For You and K95.5FM. Gates to ONEOK Field will have a special opening time of 5:45PM so fans can meet the Drillers players at a special ½ hour Autograph Session on the concourse. Also, the first 500 kids, ages 12 and under, will receive a Hornsby T-Shirt when they enter as well as an Eat Free Coupon that can be redeemed for a free hot dog, milk and ice cream dessert. The Free T-Shirts will only be available at the Arvest and Oil Derrick entrances.
Young fans are also encouraged to wear their bathing suits and enjoy our giant waterspout courtesy of EMSA and the Tulsa Fire Department.
Finally, the night will end with a bang as we conduct our final Fireworks Show of the season!

Monday, September 5. . . N.W. Arkansas Naturals (1:05PM) – Gates Open at 12:00PM
FAN APPRECIATION / DAY BASEBALL / REGULAR SEASON FINALE
The Drillers say thanks to their fans during the final regular season game of 2011. Fans will have the chance to win several great prizes that will be given away courtesy of this year’s sponsors of Drillers Baseball.

Pomeranz Has Season-Ending Surgery

By: David Heck

After flirting with perfection in his first start in the Rockies organization, Drew Pomeranz likely won’t be able to make another appearance this season for Double-A Tulsa.

The Drillers announced after Saturday’s game that MLB.com’s No. 31 prospect underwent an emergency appendectomy that is expected to end his season.

 

Rockies top prospect Drew Pomeranz underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday. He had gone 4-3 with a 1.84 ERA across two levels this season. (David Crenshaw/Tulsa Drillers)

Pomeranz arrived at ONEOK Field complaining of abdominal pain, according to a source close to the team. After meeting with the trainer, he was taken to a medical center, where he was diagnosed with appendicitis. Pomeranz was transported to another facility, where he had successful surgery and was expected to remain overnight.

Officially traded to the Rockies on Tuesday as the player to be named later in the July 30 deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland, Pomeranz will miss the rest of the season, the Drillers said.

Major Leaguers Matt Holliday and Adam Dunn also underwent emergency appendectomies earlier this year but were able to return to their teams within 10 days. The situation is different with Pomeranz because pitching puts a greater strain on the abdominal muscles. Additionally, the Rockies likely will play it safe with their new prospect, especially with Tulsa’s season concluding on Sept. 5. The Drillers are five games out of a Texas League playoff spot.

Reached for comment on Pomeranz’s status, Rockies vice president of communications Jay Alves said, “We’re aware of the situation.”

After posting a 1.98 ERA across two levels with the Indians, Pomeranz made his Tulsa debut on Wednesday and took a perfect game into the seventh inning. The fifth overall pick in the 2010 Draft ended up allowing two hits over seven shutout frames.

Pomeranz would be the second Top 50 prospect in three days to go down with a season-ending injury. Bryce Harper, MLB.com’s No. 2 prospect, strained his hamstring while running the bases for Double-A Harrisburg on Thursday and is expected to be shut down by the Nationals.

MiLB Empressed By Pomeranz’s Debut With Drillers

By: David Heck

Drew Pomeranz hadn’t pitched in almost a month, but he looked anything but rusty on Wednesday night.

MLB.com’s No. 31 prospect retired the first 19 batters he faced in a Drillers uniform en route to a seven-inning, two-hit performance. Double-A Tulsa went on to blank Midland, 6-0, to snap a six-game losing streak.

Pomeranz, who had not pitched since July 25, struck out four without issuing a walk in front of Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd.

“Things were just going great,” Pomeranz said. “It helps that I threw a good amount of strikes and was ahead of the hitters. It’s a lot easier to pitch that way — it helps to be in control of the game. If you’re behind, it’s a little tougher. The first six innings, I stayed in great counts. Apparently, where I threw the ball was the right spot tonight.”

The 22-year-old left-hander lost the perfect game with one out in the seventh, when Grant Green — the A’s No. 1 prospect– singled on a ground ball up the middle. The RockHounds’ only other hit came in the next at-bat as Stephen Parker lined a single to right field.

Drew Pomeranz made his Drillers debut Wednesday night against the Midland RockHounds. Pomeranz went seven innings allowing only two hits and striking out four. (Dave Crenshaw/Tulsa Drillers)

 

“That’s just part of baseball,” Pomeranz said. “I really wasn’t too [ticked] or anything. I was just like, ‘Oh well.’ I gave up another hit and was like, ‘Well let’s get the next guy.’ You give up a hit or two, you don’t want it to blow up on you when you’ve been pitching well the whole time.”

Pomeranz worked his way out of trouble by striking out Michael Spina and getting Adam Heether to line out. He left after throwing 78 pitches.

The fifth overall pick in the 2010 Draft, Pomeranz was included as the player to be named later in the trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland on July 30. Because players cannot be traded until one year after they are signed, the Ole Miss product could not officially be included in the deal until Tuesday.

“I really, truly did not think I was going to get traded,” Pomeranz said. “I was initially shocked. But teams do what they’ve got to do. They did what they did for a reason. That’s part of baseball, too; people get traded. Things happen like this. You’ve just got to learn how to stay focused. It’s baseball — it’s basically the same thing everywhere.”

Pomeranz spent his time off working out at the Indians’ spring training complex in Arizona.

“It has benefits and its downfall, too,” said Pomeranz, who posted a 1.98 ERA across two levels before the trade. “But what Minor League pitcher in his first year of pro ball wouldn’t want to have two weeks off to help yourself get in better shape, look at some video and work on things you want to work on worry-free? I think that helped me out.”

Pomeranz’s old brother, Stuart, served as the Drillers’ closer last season and recorded 18 saves. The 26-year-old right-hander, who signed with the Dodgers in the offseason, gave Pomeranz a scouting report of his new home.

“He told me it was a great organization, it was a nice stadium and it was hot as hell,” Pomeranz said. “He was pretty right about the last two things. Everything’s been great, talking to people here so far. The organization seems like a good organization. Everything he said has been true so far.”

Casey Weathers pitched the final two innings for Tulsa, striking out one and walking one. The two hits were the fewest allowed this season by the Drillers, who rank third in the Texas League with nine shutouts.

Leading Tulsa offensively was shortstop Hector Gomez, who went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored and fell a single shy of the cycle.

Addition To The Rockies Farm: Matt McBride

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

IF/OF – Matt McBride

Originally from Bethlehem,Pennsylvania, McBride was a second round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft out of Lehigh University.

Matt McBride, stuck behind other prospects in the Indians system, hopes to provide an impact bat for not only the Colorado Rockies but the Tulsa Drillers as well.

Drafted as a catcher, McBride now spends most of his time at either first base, or a corner outfield position. Now 26 and still in Double-A, McBride is not considered as a potential replacement at first base for the Rockies.

Over his six-year minor league career, McBride as hit .283, with 69 home runs and 350 RBI’s over that span. In his first game with the Drillers McBride impressed immediately going 3 for 4, with three singles and an RBI.

McBride might not have the “star” prospect potential that the likes of Alex White and Drew Pomeranz have, however McBride does have the ability to be a solid major league player.

McBride does have an injury plagued past. He was placed on the 7-Day concussion Disabled List, and has had trouble of late getting healthy.

Here is a look at Matt McBride’s 2011 stat line for the Akron Aeros:

G        AB       R          H          2B      3B      HR       RBI       SB        AVG.    SLG.     OBP.

84      310      50        92        24      4        14        53        3          .297     .535     .359

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Addition To The Rockies Farm: Joe Gardner

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

RHP – Joe Gardner

A native of Fremont,California, Joe Gardner was a third round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2009 Major League

On Friday August the 6th, Gardner made his Drillers and Rockies organizational debut at ONEOK Field. After allowing a home run in the first inning, Gardner shut-out the Springfield Cardinals over his final 5 1/3 innings.

Baseball First-Year Player Draft.Gardnerwas drafted after his junior year at UC Santa Barbara.

Gardner signed late in 2009, postponing his professional debut till 2010, and he didn’t disappoint. Over Low and High-A baseball Gardner was a combined 13-6, with a 2.75 earned run average over 28 starts.

Gardner is known as a hard-thrower, and it can be evident with his 142 strikeouts over 147 innings in 2010.

So far in 2010, Gardner has had a hard time adjusting to Double-A baseball, as most pitchers do. Single-A to Double-A is often regarded as the biggest jump for pitchers, as he has had his struggles in Akron, the Indians Double-A team.

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Here is a look at Joe Gardner’s 2011 stat line for the Akron Aeros:

W         L          ERA      G          GS        IP         H          R          ER        BB        SO

7          8          4.99     19        19        97.1    108       73        54        47        60

Addition To The Rockies Farm: Alex White

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

RHP – Alex White

After playing four years as a pitcher/shortstop at Conley High School in Greenville, North Carolina, White was drafted in

White has missed 11 weeks with a torn tendon pulley in his right middle finger, the same injury that sidelined Jorge De La Rosa for 13 starts in 2010. White will make his Tulsa Drillers debut today, where he's expected to make four starts in anticipation of joining the Rockies' rotation in September.

the 14th round of the 2006 June First-Year Player Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. White did not sign with the Dodgers in 2006 and chose to attend the University of North Carolina.

White was eventually drafted by the Cleveland Indians after his junior year at North Carolina, as the 15th overall selection in the first round in 2009.

White did not pitch in the Indians organization in 2009, but had a terrific 2010 season. Over High-A Kinston and Double-A Akron, White was a combined 10-10 with a 2.45 earned run average in 150.2 innings, walking 46, but striking out 117.

In 2011 White made four starts with Triple-A Columbus before being called up to make his major league debut with the Indians on April 30, 2011. Even though White has been on the disabled list the last two months, he had three impressive starts at the major league level.

With Ubaldo Jimenez leaving, White will have some big shoes to fill in the Rockies rotation, but many in the organization and media expect him to fill them. White is a sinker ball pitcher that has a good chance of benefiting from the National League and Coors Field.

Currently White is scheduled to make five rehab starts in the minors before making his Rockies debut later in the season, with four of those coming with the Drillers.

Alex White’s current 2011 stat line:

          

              W    L  ERA        G  GS     IP    H        R     ER    BB       SO

CLE(ML)   1     0   3.60     3      3     15       14     7        6        9       13

COL(INT) 1     0   1.90     4      4     23.2    19     7       5        5       28

           2     0   2.59     7      7     38.2   33   14    11       14      41

Addition To The Rockies Farm: Drew Pomeranz

At this point in the season it is often the case that major league parent clubs often “raid the pantry” from their minor league teams, moving top prospects to make an impact at the major league level.

Well for once, the Colorado Rockies have supplied the Drillers with a few players that could easily have an impact on the team winning the second half of Texas League north division and make the playoffs.

With that said, it was no secret that over last weekend that the Rockies traded All-Star and former Driller, Ubaldo Jimenez to the Cleveland Indians for four top prospects.

Over the next few days, I’ll give you a little background information on the prospects, and where they figure in both the Drillers and Rockies plans throughout the rest of this year, and the foreseeable future.

Selected by the Cleveland Indians in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Mississippi. As a junior in 2010, Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 ERA (100 2/3 IP, 71H, 27R/25ER, 49BB, 139K) in 16 starts.

LHP – Drew Pomeranz

His name might look familiar for many Drillers fans, as Drew’s older brother Stu Pomeranz pitched for the Drillers in 2010, but the comparisons can stop there. Selected by the Indians in the first round (5th Overall) in the 2010 First-Year MLB Player Draft, Pomeranz has shown immediately why he was thought so highly of while in college.

 

Drafted after his junior year in which Pomeranz went 9-2 with a 2.24 earned run average, he was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year, placed on the All-American First Team, and was even a Golden Spikes Awards Finalist.

In his first year of professional Pomeranz has already reached Double-A in the Indians organization, while also being placed on the Futures Game Roster earlier in July.

The Rockies hope Pomeranz can become a solid member of their starting rotation as early as late 2012. He will more than likely make his debut in the Rockies system with Double-A Tulsa in late August, after officially being the player to be named later.

 

Here is a look at Drew Pomeranz’s 2011 stat line so far:

W         L          ERA      G          GS        IP         H          R          ER        BB        SO

3          2          1.98     18        18        91.0     66        26        20        38        112