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Wheeler And Rosario Honored, Beerer Promoted To Triple-A

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.

Scott Beerer was recently promoted to Triple-A Colorado Spring where he will serve primarily as an outfielder. The former second round pick and Texas A&M product was originally drafted as a pitcher but has since attempted a comback playing the outfield. (Rich Crimi)

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!

Rockies Announce Prospects To Participate In MLB All-Star Futures Game

On Thursday Major League Baseball and Baseball America announced the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Futures Game, to be played in Phoenix on July 10. The game will be played by a two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, five outfielders, and eight infielders. All of whom are considered top prospects in each of their respected organization and position.

Each roster would be made up of players entirely from either the United States or the rest of the World.

The Rockies were one of a hand full of teams that were selected to have more than one player participate in the game.

Nolan Arenado will represent the Rockies as one of the corner infielders on the United States team. Arenado was a high school shortstop who has now moved to third base and might end up as Todd Helton’s heir at first base in Colorado. His power bat should play at either position.

Colorado will also send Tulsa Drillers catcher Wilin Rosario to take part as the back-up catcher for the World team. This will be Wilin’s second appearance in the All-Star Futures Game as he is ranked one of the top catching prospects in all of Minor League Baseball.

Rosario was actually having his breakout season last year, but a torn ACL in August cut that short. He has picked up where he left off, though, offering premium tools at the plate and behind it.Rosariois currently second on the Drillers with 11 home runs through the first half of the season.

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

A Sitdown with Lars Davis

Courtesy of Kevin Henry from the Tulsa Examiner:



Lars Davis is in an interesting position for the Tulsa Drillers.

Davis, selected by the Colorado Rockies in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Illinois, currently serves as the backup catcher to Wilin Rosario, ranked #2 among all Colorado Rockies prospects in their farm system. Yet, when Davis has his chances behind the plate, he is making the most of his opportunities, hitting .318 in 19 games with two homers and six RBIs in his 66 at-bats.

I recently had the chance to talk to Davis about his season, his outlook, and his thoughts on the injury to San Francisco catcher Buster Posey.

Kevin Henry: How do you prepare knowing you’re not going to play everyday?

Lars Davis: The biggest thing is my mindset. I have to work on my mental game as much as my physical game. It’s taken me a few seasons to realize that, but I know I have to do what I can to help the team win when I am in there. That can be on any given day. I know I always have to play good defense and always help my pitchers in every way I can.

Henry: You know you only have a certain number of at-bats in your current situation. Does that change your philosophy when you’re batting?

Davis: I’m always looking for a good pitch to hit. Every time I get in there, I want to put my best swing on the ball. I can’t get a hit every time, but I can always put my best swing out there.

Henry: Earlier you mentioned defense and you have earned the reputation as a very solid defensive catcher. What did you do in the offseason to work on that?

Davis: I worked a lot with Marv Foley (Colorado’s catching coordinator) and really learned a lot from him. I really worked hard on my throws and blocking the ball in the dirt.

Henry: How long does it take for you to development relationships with your pitchers so you know what needs to be called and when?

Davis: That’s always an ongoing process. I’ve been with some of our pitchers since we were all drafted together. Some of our pitchers are new arms in the bullpen. I try to learn what they feel comfortable throwing in certain situations and go from there.

Henry: As a catcher, what were your thoughts when you saw Buster Posey go down in that collision at home plate?

Davis: It’s a tragedy to lose a player like Buster to an injury. As a catcher, you know there is a risk there and that an injury like that is a risk you face. A lot of people are debating who was right or wrong there, but I don’t feel strongly one way or the other. Collisions at home plate are part of the game. They’ve been part of the game forever. Look at Pete Rose in the All-Star Game. We see it happen all of the time, and I think we’ll keep seeing it happen.

Henry: This is your second season with the Drillers. What do you think of the makeup of this year’s team?

Davis: I think we have a fantastic club. We have a lot of returning players from last season and a lot of guys on this team who knows what it takes to win.

Rockies Top 5 Prospects: Number 2 Wilin Rosario

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In 2010, Wilin Rosario was putting together a solid season in the Texas League. Not only did he play in the 2010 Futures Game, but he was also a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star, the Texas League Player of the Month for July, a Texas League Post-Season All-Star, and a TOPPS Double-A All-Star. Unfortunately, it came to a premature end on August 3rd.

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Rosario tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a rundown. Even with the surgery and the early end to his season Rosario still led the Drillers in home runs with 19. The total ranked 7th most in the Texas league despite only having 270 at-bats. He was also rewarded in November as the Rockies added him to the protected 40-man roster.


Most believe that Rosario could have seen time in the majors this season, but the knee injury more than likely set him back a year. He is a very rare talent, a catcher that excels both at and behind the plate. His raw power is a legitimate grade 70, and is capable of producing 20-30 home runs a year at the next level. Rosario will more than likely start out the season with the AAA affiliate Sky Sox, and if he progresses as anticipated he might have a chance to possibly end the season with the Rockies.