Although baseball season started about two weeks ago, many Tulsa residents were not able to experience the thrill of going to an opening day game.
However, on April 12, T-Town residents flocked to the ONEOK field to see the Tulsa Drillers take on the San Antonio Missions.
Despite losing the game 2-1, the Drillers gave the Tulsa community a baseball presence.
Although the Drillers are not MLB status, they’re still a blast to watch.
ORU student Skyler Ray was in attendance opening night.
“I wish Tulsa had a pro team, but since we have the Drillers, I love going to their games,” said Ray. “It really is a fun experience.”
People may not know much about the Drillers, but fear not mediocre baseball fans. Here are a few quick facts about the Drillers that will make you somewhat baseball savvy.
Affiliation: Colorado Rockies AA
History: The Drillers came to Tulsa from Lafayette, La. in 1977. They spent their first 26 years of existence in Tulsa as a Texas Rangers affiliate before joining the Colorado Rockies organization in 2003.
Home Stadium: ONEOK Field. Seating capacity: 7,833.
Playoff Experience: The Drillers won the Texas League Championship in 1982, 1988 and 1998 and have been in the playoffs seven times in the past 11 seasons.
Star Prospect: Nolan Arenado 3B
Arenado hits more for average than power, but that’s not an issue the Rockies have with him.
Rated the No. 1 prospect in their system, this guy is a monster.
Last year he lead the minors in RBI’s with 122.
The Rockies team website says “it might not be too long before he’s spotted in Coors Field.”
Enjoy him while he lasts, Tulsa.
Star Prospect: Drew Pomeranz SP
After coming over in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal, Pomeranz is now sitting pretty as the Rockies No. 2 overall prospect and No. 1 pitching prospect. He was recently called up for a spot start Sunday against Arizona and got lit up for five ER in four innings.
Assuming he will be back and forth between the minors and the majors this season, he might be a flash many Driller fans won’t see consistently.
Star Prospect: Josh Rutledge SS,2B
Rutledge is a toolsy, solid infielder who hits for average and relies on speed.
Although he currently plays SS for the Drillers, he would have to switch to 2B should he be called up by the Rockies since they already have Troy Tulowitzki.
Although he isn’t estimated to make an appearance in the MLB until 2013, Drillers fans can enjoy him for another year or so.
Star Prospect: Kent Matthes
Every team needs a powerhouse to crank out some deep bombs, and Matthes is the Drillers guy for that.
Last year, he sent 23 balls to the point of no return, and in 33 AB this season he has 2 HR.
There is talk of him possibly being promoted due to a plateau effect, but Drillers fans should at least be able to enjoy watching him send pitches deep for this season.