Tamar has written for IIATMS since July 2009, having started off writing game recaps before shifting to the minor leagues. Born in Connecticut and having lived all over the country and in South Korea, Tamar now finds herself "temporarily misplaced" in New Hampshire. Please send help.

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Prospects Who’s Not: April

Well, I’ve given you the the hot prospects for April, along with some well-deserved honorable mentions, so now it’s time for the not so hot. While the Hot list was tough to make because there were those deserving a mention who got left off, the Not list was much easier. This was in part to some rough performances by some recognizable names, but also because not as many of the more important prospects struggled. There were plenty whose April was more of a mixed bag, but here are five who really are going to need to turn things around in May.

Austin Romine (C, Scranton):
I have never given out a Not Prospect of the Month, but Romine is tempting me this April. After a brief call up to New York early in April, the Yankees passed him over for John Ryan Murphy when Cervelli got injured. If Romine was trying to convince them they made a mistake, he certainly has done little to prove them wrong.…

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Prospects Who’s Hot: April

I always like it when this list is hard to put together because I feel like there are a decent number of players I could talk about here. That was the case this month, so here are my picks for April, in no particular order.

Peter O’Brien (C, Tampa):
O’Brien had a solid first full season in professional baseball last year, splitting time between Charleston and Tampa. He has picked up right where he left off this month, crushing the ball with a .330/.361/.703 line. He had eight homers, eight doubles and a triple, alone with sixteen RBIs. Despite crushing the ball, O’Brien has only taken four walks over 24 games, striking out 22 times. If he keeps swinging like this he may be taking at bats in Trenton by the break.

Luis Severino (RHP, Charleston):
The Dominican righty got his first taste of baseball stateside last season and has started his first full season very strong. Despite a rough first outing, where he gave up three runs in just two innings, Severino turned around and threw seventeen innings with only one earned run over the rest of the month of April (four starts).…

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Minors Review: April

I find it hard to believe that it is already May, possibly because up here in northern New England it felt like winter was never going to end this year, but it is and so we have our first month of Minor League baseball in the books. The strange weather has played some role in the early part of the season for some of the Yankees’ affiliates, but overall there have been some very positive things going on down on the farm.

zoiloScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Like many of the teams located in the northeast, the RailRiders’ April was interrupted by the slow departure of winter (if in fact it has left…). They had nine games postponed due to rain, snow or inclement weather, in addition to battling through some chilly games. At the end of April, Scranton had an 11-13 record, while not the strong start the RailRiders had hoped for, it hasn’t put them too far behind Buffalo and Pawtucket, who both started the year a little stronger and lead the IL North Division.…

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The Farm Report: 4/29/14

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Durham 6-5:
The RailRiders started the game with a solo homer from Antoan Richardson for a 1-0 lead. Durham had their first of two big innings in the bottom of the second. Vince Belnome lined a single to center and Mike Fontenot did the same with one out. A force out...

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The Farm Report: 4/28/14

I am running late today, so it is a bullet point kind of day…

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Durham 10-8 (13 innings):

  • In a game that went back and forth, Durham took a two run lead in the first, only to have the RailRiders pull ahead 5-2 in the fourth. The Bulls scored four in the fifth for...
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Game 25: Tanaka v. Richards

Here is your game thread for tonight’s game. The Yankees will try to take the series from the Angels before heading into an off day tomorrow. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols will get to take their first cracks at Masahiro Tanaka, so it should be an exciting night in the Bronx. Enjoy!

Angels:
Cowgill RF
Trout CF
Pujols 1B
Kendrick 2B
Aybar SS
Freese DH
Stewart 3B
Iannetta C
Shuck LF

Richards P

Yankees:
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
McCann C
Soriano DH
Teixeira 1B
Johnson 3B
Roberts 2B
Ichiro LF

Tanaka P

Yangervis Solarte was a late scratch tonight. According to Yankees PR, he’s out with a sore shoulder so Brian Roberts is taking his slot.

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Game 24: Nuno v. Santiago

Here is your game thread for this afternoon’s game. Hopefully we see more of Thursday night’s performance out of the Yankees and not a replay of last night. As always, be sure to keep your comments respectful.

Here are your lineups:

Angels
Cowgill, C. RF
Trout, M. CF
Pujols, A. DH
Kendrick, H. 2B
Aybar, E...

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