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 - I can pay you in maple syrup.

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The Farm Report: 6/19/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Rochester 10-7:
The RailRiders poured it on early, as Walter Ibarra opened up the game with a double to left. JR Murphy lined a single to right and Fernando Martinez hit a sac fly to center for the first run of the day. Randy Ruiz singled, putting runners on the corners. A single by Dan Johnson plated Murphy. Addison Maruszak drew a walk, which loaded the bases for Cody Grice who hit a grand slam to left, giving the RailRiders a 6-0 lead. The Red Wings got two runs in the bottom of the inning and two more in the bottom of the third, making the score 6-4 in Scranton’s favor. A solo homer by Walter Ibarra gave the RailRiders a little more breathing room in the fourth. Grice hit his second homer of the day (and season) in the fifth, while Murphy hit a solo shot to left in the sixth, giving Scranton a 10-4 lead. The Red Wings rallied in the bottom of the ninth.…

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The Farm Report: 6/17/13 – Staten Island starts the year with a win

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Rochester 10-1 in Game 1:
The RailRiders had their chances, scattering nine hits through the game, but they only managed one run. Rochester scored first, plating a pair in the second on a single by Antoan Richardson and a sac fly by Chris Herrmann. Jeff Clement started the top of the third with a single for the Red Wings and they loaded the bases when Dan Rohlfing and Eric Farris drew walks. Clement scored on a ground out to second and a single by Eric Fryer plated Rohlfing. A wild pitch by Mark Montgomery scored one more runner and the RailRiders trailed 5-0. Rochester added one more in the fourth. Scranton finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Dan Johnson grounded a single to center and moved to third on a double by Randy Ruiz. A sac fly by Josh Bell scored Johnson, but the RailRiders still had a lot of runs to make up.…

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A couple notable Minors promotions

Chad Jennings had a few notes on some minor league promotions in the Yankees system today. Rafael De Paula, who has started the season very well in Charleston, has been bumped up to Tampa. Expectations have always been high for the pitcher, whose progress was slowed for a couple years as he worked out visa issues. He is being joined by Dietrich Enns who will also head to Tampa. Jose Ramirez, who got a lot of notice during Spring Training, has been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Originally, it was thought this was just to fill space for a game, but it sounds like the Yankees are ready to give him a shot in Triple-A.

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The Farm Report: 6/16/13

Due to an incredibly busy weekend, which followed an even more busy week, this is going to be the quick and dirty version of yesterday’s Farm Report. In case you missed it – I highly suggest you read Stacey’s post about her experience at Staten Island’s media day. The short-season teams get started this week so keep your eyes out for news from SI and the Gulf Coast League! Meanwhile, Tampa had the weekend off for the All-Star Break.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 5-4 (11 innings):

  • Dellin Betances got the loss, showcasing the lack of control that has caused many in the Yankees organization to pull out their hair in frustration over the last few years. He was brought in to start the eleventh and walked the first two batters before loading the bases on a hit by pitch. A sac fly by Cody Overbeck to center field scored the walk-off run for the IronPigs.
  • The RailRiders had actually trailed 4-3 heading into the ninth, but tied the game after Cody Grice tripled and scored on a single by Zoilo Almonte, forcing extra innings.
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Yankees sign First Round pick Ian Clarkin

Via Jon Heyman, Ian Clarkin signed with the Yankees for slot money. The 33rd pick of this year’s draft was the subject of a lot of talk when MLB played a clip of him talking about how his favorite moment in baseball was the Diamondbacks 2001 World Series win over the Yankees because he hates the Yankees. He quickly changed his tune in his interview and now the southpaw hurler is officially part of the organization. Of the Yankees three first round picks, only Aaron Judge is left still to sign.

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The Farm Report: 6/13/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 4-2:
After three scoreless innings, the RailRiders broke through in the top of the fourth. Ronnier Mustelier drew a lead off walk and Dan Johnson followed with a double to right. A sac fly scored Mustelier and the recently promoted JR Murphy drew a walk. A single by Addison maruszak loaded the bases and Johnson scored when Alberto Gonzalez drew a walk, giving Scranton a 2-0 lead. Lehigh Valley got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a grounder by Steve Susdorf. A solo homer by Cody Overbeck in the bottom of the sixth tied the game, and the IronPigs took the lead in the seventh. Darin Ruf hit a solo shot to right and they added some insurance when Cameron Rupp singled in Leandro Castro for the 4-2 win.

Murphy went 0-2 in his first Triple-A start, picking up a pair of walks. Johnson went 3-5 with a run scored and two doubles.…

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The Farm Report: 6/12/13 – Culver hits back-to-back homers

In case you missed it earlier, the Yankees have made some progress with their draft picks from last week. They’ve signed their top pick Eric Jagielo along with some other later picks. It sounds like Aaron Judge and Ian Clarkin may not be too far behind. As far as the action on the field, it was a quiet day for the Yankees’ affiliates. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was off today and Tampa was postponed due to rain. Charleston overcame a shaky start by Rafael De Paula to beat Greenville, while Trenton came up short against Binghamton.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 6-1:
The Mets wasted little time in taking the lead. Josh Rodriguez drew a one out walk in the first and moved to third when Travis Taijeron hit a ground-rule double to left. A single by Allan Dykstra scored both runners, as Jose Pirela threw the ball away, giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Ramon Flores started the bottom of the inning with a double to short.…

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The Farm Report: 6/9/13 – Pineda makes his first rehab appearance

The Yankees’ affiliates ended the weekend with a lot of baseball. Michael Pineda made his much anticipated rehab start for Tampa, who was swept by the Flying Tigers in today’s doubleheader. Interestingly (or not), they were not the only Yankee affiliate to face off against a “Flying” foe, as the Thunder beat the Flying Squirrels in walk-off fashion. Scranton came up short against Buffalo, while Charleston beat Asheville.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Buffalo 4-1:
Chris Bootcheck found himself in trouble quickly. After striking out Anthony Gose to start the game, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Ryan Goins and Luis Jimenez before Mauro Gomez drew a homer over the fence in left. Jim Negrych doubled, scoring on a single by Ryan Langerhans and giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead. The RailRiders got a runner on in the bottom of the inning when Zoilo Almonte singled with one out, but Ronnier Mustelier and Dan Johnson went down to end the inning. Their next baserunner came when Thomas Neal hit a two-out single to right in the sixth, but Almonte struck out to end the threat.…

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The Farm Report: 6/6/13

Scranton and Charleston were rained out.

Trenton lost to Binghamton 5-4:
The Thunder drew first blood as Ramon Flores drew a lead off walk and moved to second on an error. A sac bunt moved him to third and he scored on a single by Tyson Blaser. Reegie Corona drew a walk and scored on a double by Ali Castillo. Ramon Flores plated Castillo with a double to right and the Thunder held a 3-0 lead. Binghamton answered with two runs in the bottom of the second, but Trenton held onto the lead through the fifth. Cesar Puello homered to start the bottom of the sixth, tying the game. A double by Alonzo Harris scored Joe Bonfe and Binghamton had their first lead. Slade Heathcott drew a walk and Kyle Roller followed with a single. A walk by Blaser loaded the bases and Jose Pirela hit a sac fly to left, scoring Heathcott and tying the game. Unfortunately, Puello started the bottom of the inning with another lead off homer, giving Binghamton the 5-4 win.…

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