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Tim Wheeler and Wilin Rosario were once again honored by Baseball America for each having great weeks from July 15 – July 22. The prospect hot sheet is not a re-ranking of the top 100 in baseball, but instead a snapshot of the prospects that excelled over the given week.
This is what Baseball America had to say aboutRosario’s week:
Combine Rosario’s two half-seasons at Double-A and you’ve got a .272/.322/.514 hitter with 35 homers and 22 doubles in 551 at-bats. In that time, he’s gunned down and above-average 38 percent of 132 would-be base thiefs. Rosario’s raw tools suggest that the power and arm strength he’s shown with Tulsa are very real, and it’s easy to see why scouts project him to be an above-average regular at the big league level, possibly as soon as next season. One caveat:Rosario has
mashed 12 of 16 homers this season versus Texas League righthanders, but he’s also gone just 43-for-192 (.224) against them.
Being listed at No. 6 on the list, Baseball America talked about Wheeler:
It’s been a bounce back year for Wheeler, the 32nd overall pick in 2009 who hit .249/.341/.384 in the high Class A California League last year. He’s been noted for his plus raw power before, but he’s been on a major surge of late. Wheeler has gone deep nine times in his last 18 games (he hit 12 in 129 games last year), moving into a tie for the minor league home run lead with 28 on the year. It’s worth noting the left handed-hitting Wheeler still has a fairly sizable platoon split, a carryover from last year. But he did hit one of his homers this week against a lefty, his sixth long ball against a southpaw out of his 28 this year.
Also this week, local legend and mythical baseball player, Scott Beerer was called up to Triple-A. Beerer has moved to Colorado Springs and is one step closer to making his major league debut. Congrats Scott!
One of, if not the, most respected baseball magazine has added Tulsa Drillers centerfielder to its Hot Sheet for the week of July 1 through July 8. Baseball America is widely known as being the Holy Grail for those who seek baseball knowledge. The magazine reports from high school baseball, to the major leagues and anything in between.
Baseball America publishes a weekly report ranking the top minor league players from the previous week in their eyes. The rankings are determined not only be statistical information the players produce over the week but also how Baseball America ranks them as a future MLB prospect.
The magazine had this to say about Wheeler:
Wheeler’s breakout season keeps rolling. The 2009 first-round pick out of Sacramento State hit .252/.338/.383 with 17 home runs in his first season and a half, and this year his power outburst has produced one of the best offensive seasons in the minors. Wheeler has 22 homers in 82 games, with a .316/.398/.602 line that gives him a pretty 1.000 OPS. He has always had plus raw power, but there were questions about how usable it would be. Wheeler is answering those questions with a home run total that ties him for fourth in the minors, just three behind minor league leader Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks.
Wheeler increased his Texas League home run total Thursday night against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Not only did he hit two home runs on Thursday, Wheeler showed his power to all fields as his home run to left field was an impressive display of opposite field power.
Baseball America writer J.J. Cooper talked about the centerfielder earlier Friday in an open chat session with fans, “I did a personal Top 100 before we put together out Top 50 and I had him at No. 53 on that list. If he keeps this up over the second half of the season he’s a sure-fire Top 100 Prospect next February.”
How well do you know your Tulsa Drillers? No matter how big of a fan you are, we want to help you get to know the players that make up the Tulsa Drillers roster.
What is their favorite restaurant in Tulsa? Do they have a pre-game routine? Facebook or Twitter? These are just some of the questions we will ask the players to help you get to know them.
However, each player has only one minute to answer all 17 questions.
Christian Friedrich was glad to be the first to sit down with us and answer all the questions in a fast paced setting. Friedrich is currently the leader of the Drillers pitching staff and ranked the number two pitcher in the Colorado Rockies farm system by Baseball America.
1. Subway, Quiznos, or Which Wich?
Christian Friedrich: “Subway for sure.”
2. Facebook or Twitter?
CF: “I’ll have to go with Twitter.”
3. What is your favorite type of Music?
4. What is your favorite TV show? Past or Present?
5. What is your favorite sport other than baseball?
6. And who is your favorite hockey player?
CF: “Patrick Kane…..hands down.”
7. Who was your idol when you were growing up?
CF: “Barry Zito.”
8. What is your favorite meal?
CF: “…….Steak and broccoli”
9. Do you have a pre-game routine?
CF: “Listen to music to get me going then drink a cup of coffee.”
10. What is your favorite restaurant in Tulsa?
CF: “Fat guys.”
11. Who is the funniest Drillers teammate?
CF: “…..I would have to say Daniel Turpen”
12. Most embarrassing moment while playing?
CF: “I guess not getting a hit or something. I really don’t know.”
13. What is your nickname?
14. Chuck Norris or Scott Beerer?
15. Smooth or Crunchy Peanut Butter?
16. Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore?
CF: “Happy Gilmore.”
17. Seinfeld or The Office?
CF: “Oh The Office.”
• Rockies 2008 first-round lefthander Christian Friedrich rebounded from a dismal May 25 start (10 runs, seven hits in 1 2/3 innings) to turn in his finest effort of the season for Tulsa. His game score jumped 63 points, from 10 to 73, in limiting Frisco to one run on just two hits over seven innings. The 23-year-old notched five strikeouts against one walk and recorded 11 of 13 in-play outs on groundballs.
• Double-A Tulsa center fielder Tim Wheeler (Rockies) went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .337. The leadoff hitter improbably leads the Texas League with 14 homers and 45 RBIs despite not collecting any of either in a weekend series at Frisco.
Courtesy of Matt Eddy (Baseball America)
Colorado Rockies major league players are not the only ones gearing up for spring training. Last Monday, the journey began for many more young minor league ballplayers just hoping for their opportunity to show they belong in the show. In 2007, the Rockies were Baseball America’s Organization of the year, and that talent is what eventually spring-boarded them into the 2007 and 2009 playoffs. They have followed the organizational path of developing their young minor league stars while establishing the depth necessary to compete at the lower levels.
The Tulsa Drillers and their fans have benefited from this depth of talent. Over the next five entries we will be discussing the top 5 prospects in the Colorado farm system. Although short on professional experience, these five players show promise and the Rockies have very much invested in them. Today we are starting with the Number 5 Prospect: Peter Tago.
5. Peter Tago, RHP:
Peter Tago was selected by the Rockies in the supplemental first round of the 2010 draft. That pick was compensation the Rockies received from losing Jason Marquis to free agency in 2009. Tago has very good size, well over 6’2”, for an 18 year old in his first year out of high school. Even though his listed weight is 190, most scouts agree that he will fill in his frame during his minor league tenure.
Baseball America recently said about Peter, “He has a smooth, relaxed motion, but he needs to do a better job of incorporating his lower half into his delivery.” Also that, “his curveball shows promise and he’s working on a changeup.”
Over the last few years the Rockies have not been in a hurry to rush young arms. Tago will not make an impact on the Rockies in 2011, but surely has a bright future within the system.