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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
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.”
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.
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
NORTH DIVISION ROSTER
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
SOUTH DIVISION ROSTER
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
• 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)
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.
“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.”