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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.”
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.
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.
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
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.