San Diego Padres prospect Beamer Weems lived through what every baseball player fears. On July 5th Tulsa Drillers pitcher Dustin Molleken had a 95 MPH fastball get away from him, and it ended up drilling Weems square in the face. In a split second the San Antonio Missions shortstop’s future hung in the balance. The impact resulted in two hours of surgery, 29 screws, and seven plates to repair broken bones in his eye socket, nasal cavity, cheekbone, and jaw. In the story Weems talks about the ordeal, describes what he felt at the moment of impact, his thankfulness for the full recovery that is expected, and looking forward to getting back on the field in 2012. It’s a great read.
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According to the Tulsa Drillers official twitter page @TulsaDrillers, top pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz will miss the remainder of the 2011 minor league season following emergency surgery to remove his appendix. It brings an end to an outstanding season for the 2010 first round pick of the Cleveland Indians out of Ole Miss who was the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade with the Rockies. In his Rockies organizational debut at Double-A Tulsa on Wednesday night, Pomeranz went 7 innings allowing two hits and striking out four in a Drillers win. Overall between the Drillers as well as the Indians High-A Kinston Indians, and Double-A Akron Aeros, the 6’5″ lefty posted a 4-3 record with a 1.84ERA, walking 38 and striking out 116 in 98 innings of work. Opposing hitters are batting just .197 against Pomeranz on the season. Tough way to end a spectacular first season as a pro, which had talk of an impending September call-up.
It’s been four years to the day since tragedy struck Minor League Baseball when Tulsa Drillers coach Mike Coolbaugh was struck with a line drive and killed while coaching first base during the Drillers game at Arkansas. Coolbaugh’s brother Scott is now the Texas Rangers’ hitting coach. In the story Scott talks about his brothers memory, forming the Diamond Dreams foundation, and how tough it was not to be able to call his brother and tell him he was headed to the big leagues.
Coolbaugh feels brother’s presence, four years after tragedy