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Field, Rosario & Wheeler Named TL All-Stars


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.



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

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.

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: 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

Former Driller Making Impression At Highest Level

After a 2010 season in High-A Modesto leading the league in innings (177.1) and strikeouts (171) Juan Nicasio was promoted to Double-A Tulsa in the beginning of the 2011 season. It was expected from the Colorado Rockies organization that Nicasio would have to build on a successful 2010 season if the native Dominican wanted to pitch in the big leagues. What wasn’t expected is that Nicasio would make his major league debut before the All-Star break in 2011.

Nicasio began the season going 5-1 with the Drillers through nine starts in 2011, compiling 63 strikeouts in only 56.2 innings pitched while posting a 2.22 earned run average, tops in the Texas League.

On May 28, 2011 Juan Nicasio made his debut for the Colorado Rockies against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. He went seven strong innings allowing only six hits and one unearned run, recording his first major league victory.

Over the last month Nicasio has been a spark plug-in the Rockies starting rotation going 3-1 with a 4.10 earned run average in seven starts with the club.

As the Drillers try to clinch the Texas League North in the second half and a playoff berth, unfortunately for Drillers fans it’s not looking like Nicasio will be back any time soon to help.

The Tulsa Drillers will be back at ONEOK Field on July 14th taking on the Arkansas Travelers at 7:05 PM.

Eight Tulsa Drillers Make Texas League North Division All-Star Team


Tim Wheeler leads a group of eight Tulsa Drillers players that have named to the North Division All-Star Team that was announced today by the Texas League. The North Division will face the South Division in San Antonio on Wednesday, June 29 in the annual game.

Tim Wheeler and Wilin Rosario were both named starters in the 2011 Texas League All-Star Game to be played in San Antonio on June 29, 2011. (Rich Crimi)

Wheeler and catcher Wilin Rosario were named starters, while infielders Darin Holcomb and Ben Paulsen and outfielder Scott Beerer were named reserves.

Tulsa pitchers Stephen Dodson, Christian Friedrich and Juan Nicasio were also elected to the North Division squad.

Nicasio is currently with the Colorado Rockies and will only participate in the game if he is returned to the Drillers’ roster.

Players are determined for the two squads based on voting by league managers and media members.

The eight players tied Tulsa with San Antonio and Frisco for the second most representatives in the game. Arkansas has nine players that were voted to participate in the game.

Bishop Kelley product Dallas Kuechele and Henryetta product Sawyer Carroll were named to the South Division squad.

Complete rosters and staffs for the two sides are below


1B Matt Adams Springfield

2B Ryan Mount Arkansas

3B Luis Jimenez Arkansas

SS Darwin Perez Arkansas

C Wilin Rosario Tulsa

DH Anthony Seratelli NW Arkansas

OF Alex Castellanos Springfield

OF Mike Trout Arkansas

OF Tim Wheeler Tulsa


RES Darin Holcomb Tulsa

RES Ryan Jackson Springfield

RES Ben Paulsen Tulsa

RES Salvador Perez NW Arkansas

RES Scott Beerer Tulsa


P Orangel Arenas Arkansas

P Michael Blazek Springfield

P Ryan Brasier Arkansas

P Maikel Cleto Springfield

P Stephen Dodson Tulsa

P Christian Friedrich Tulsa

P Juan Nicasio Tulsa

P Trevor Reckling Arkansas

P Garrett Richards Arkansas

P Matt Shoemaker Arkansas


MGR Brian Poldberg NW Arkansas

CH Terry Bradshaw NW Arkansas

CCH Larry Carter NW Arkansas

TR Tony Medina NW Arkansas



1B Michael Spina Midland

2B Vince Belnome San Antonio

3B James Darnell San Antonio

SS Wladamir Sutil Corpus Christi

C Ali Solis San Antonio

DH Mike Bianucci Frisco

OF Leonys Martin Frisco

OF Jermaine Mitchell Midland

OF J.D. Martinez Corpus Christi


RES Grant Green Midland

RES Tommy Mendonca Frisco

RES Renny Osuna Frisco

RES Jose Felix Frisco

RES Sawyer Carroll San Antonio


P Anthony Bass San Antonio

P Brad Brach San Antonio

P Xavier Cedeno Corpus Christi

P Adalberto Flores Frisco

P Ethan Hollingsworth Midland

P Casey Kelly San Antonio

P Dallas Kuechel Corpus Christi

P Justin Miller Frisco

P Martin Perez Frisco

P Jorge Reyes San Antonio


MGR Doug Dascenzo San Antonio

CH Jimmy Jones San Antonio

CH Tom Tornincasa San Antonio

TR Nate Stewart San Antonio

Monday Morning Manager: The Day-Game Version

So far in 2011 the Tulsa Drillers are 23-19 in Texas League Play. Though through their last ten games the team is 4-6, the Drillers still own a half-game lead in the Northern Division over Northwest Arkansas. And they own a two and a half game lead over the Arkansas Travelers.

The starting pitching has certainly been a strength so far in the season with Juan Nicasio, Christian Friedrich, and Rob Scahill all pitching great in their last outing. Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Aaron Cook will be on the mound for the Drillers Monday as he is making his third rehab start with the team and looking to build on his last two outings.

Thomas Field is leading the Drillers with eight runs batted in over the last ten games. (Rich Crimi)

Not only has the pitching been great so far, the bats are starting to heat up. Scott Beerer is hitting .345 over his last ten games, with two home runs and five runs batted in. Thomas Field is also starting to turn his season around as well. Field has put together what is easily his best ten game stretch as a Tulsa Driller. He is hitting .313 with ten hits, one home run, eight runs batted in, four runs in his last ten games.

Here are the questions for the week Drillville:

  1. Who do you predict will make the Texas League All-Star team from the Drillers in 2011?


  1. What has been your most memorable game so far in 2011?


  1. With only a few players back from the 2010 team. Who do you believe is the Drillville’s new favorite player?


  1. If given a choice of the two. Would you prefer original double-bubble or apple flavored dubble-bubble?

Texas League Tuesday Notes: Wheeler Realizes Potential

By Todd Traub / Special to Drill Bits


His manager saw the potential. This year, Tulsa Drillers outfielder Tim Wheeler is showing it for everyone.

Wheeler, a first-round pick of  the Rockies in 2009, is thriving in his Double-A debut. After hitting no higher than .256 in his first two professional seasons, Wheeler entered Tuesday’s action hitting .326 with a team-high 12 home runs and 35 RBIs out of the leadoff spot.

“I’ve just done a good job of keeping the same swing day in and day out,” Wheeler said. “And when I do have a bad day, I’m going back out the next day with the same swing and not changing something, just really trying to use my hands and not changing a whole lot.”

Wheeler’s early-season power surge puts him on a pace to become the first Texas Leaguer to hit 40 homers in a season since 1964 (Brandon Berger,Wichita). Whether Wheeler can maintain his current output remains to be seen, of course, but he’s showing the potential that Drillers manager Duane Espy witnessed first-hand as his hitting coach with Modesto in 2010.

Tim Wheeler has 12 Home Runs in 2011. Matching his season total from 2010.

“It’s been pretty special what he’s done, but I’m not surprised, because I saw what he was capable of last year,” said Espy, the veteran coach and manager in his 42nd professional season.

After the Rockies drafted Wheeler out of Sacramento State, he hit .256 with five home runs, 35 RBIs and 60 strikeouts in 68 games at Short Season Tri-City. He skipped Class A to start last season at Class A Advanced Modesto and batted .249 in 129 games with 12 homers, 63 RBIs and 114 strikeouts.

“At times it was frustrating, but it was just part of the process,” Wheeler said. “I wasn’t ready to play in the big leagues last year. You never know when that’s going to happen, but it was a lot of learning. It made me a better player, and this year I’m showing that.”

Though the strikeouts piled up and the average stayed, well, average, Wheeler showed the work ethic and commitment to winning that helped lead Modesto to the California League playoffs.

“I just try to make myself better every day, whether it be defense, hitting, base running and just being a good teammate, helping the team win really,” Wheeler said. “We got to the semis in the postseason last year, and we did a good job.”

Espy pointed out that Modesto’s 56-year-old John Thurman Field, with its deep power alleys and 400-foot center-field fence, was not always conducive to the power Wheeler has shown this year. But also, Espy noted, Wheeler is the type of player to give up outs in favor of runs.

“You had a guy on third and the infield back, he’d hit a ground ball to second and drive him in,” Espy said. “You could tell he was that type of guy. You could tell that was important. That creates a .250 instead of a .275 or .280 batting average, making outs for the team, but certainly he was a big part of us winning.”

A Day With A “Clubbie” Part 1

With the Tulsa Drillers season at full-blown speed right now, there wouldn’t be a better time to catch up with the Drillers Clubhouse Manager, Sam Salabura. While the Drillers are currently on their first road trip of the 2011 season taking on Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Sam took some time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for the Drillville faithful.

 1. So how did you get started with the Tulsa Drillers?

            Well I knew I wanted to pursue a career in sports, so when I attended college I graduated with a degree in sports management. I started out as a Clubhouse Manager for a Cardinals affiliate in Davenport, Iowa close to my hometown of Chicago. I found about the open position with the Drillers and knew some people in the Rockies organization and got hired on.

2. Have you always been primarily a baseball fan? If not what other sports do you enjoy?

            I like baseball, and the White Sox are my team, by far. But I am also a huge basketball and football guy. As you could also assume, I am a pretty big (Chicago) Bulls guy.

3. I know you recently got back from Arizona. What was a typical day during Spring Training with the Rockies?

            The first few weeks we had to get everything set up at the new complex that we share with the Diamondbacks. After that we broke up into shifts for the daily duties when the Rockies were in camp. The field setup shift was from 6:00 AM to around 1:00 PM, after that the locker room shift was from 12:30 PM to about 6:00 PM.

4. What are the average day-today duties with the Drillers during the season?

            In spring training there are more guys that handle the clubhouse but during the season I am the only guy with the Tulsa Drillers. I pretty much do a little of everything from washing the uniforms after games, to cooking the pre-game meal, and even taking all care of all packages each player gets.

5. Do you still talk to former Driller players who are now in the show?

            I try to keep up with them, but with my busy schedule and their busy schedule it is really hard. Usually we keep up through texts, because it is so much easier than over the phone.

6. Have you ever been a part of a player getting called up to the Majors? If so, can you tell us about it?

            Yes I actually have. Jhoulys Chacin, got the call up two years ago and it was a pretty cool moment around here. At that point in time he was extremely overwhelmed getting called up, since he was only in Double-A. Hopefully it won’t be the last call up, sometimes I wish I could go with the guys when they get called up to the show, but I just have to wait my turn like them.

Rockies Excited About Tulsa Debut

When asked about coming to Tulsa on March 30, 2011 for the Colorado Rockies exhibition game against the Tulsa Drillers, current big leaguers could not be more excited. As many of the Rockies players are very familiar with the Tulsa area, being that the Drillers are the Colorado Rockies Double-A team and representative from the Texas League.


Current Rockies players who have previously played for the Drillers are Troy Tulowitzki, Aaron Cook, Dexter Fowler, Eric Young Jr., Bruce Billings, Jhoulys Chacin, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Ian Stewart among others.