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.
|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