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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Who’s Not: April Prospects


sladeYesterday I looked at the prospects who have started 2013 with a bang. Today let’s take a look at those who have started with more of a whimper. Unfortunately, there are a few names here that I would much rather see on the other list. Starting with…

Slade Heathcott (OF, Trenton):
Trenton should boast an impressive outfield this year, and a big part of that was because of the Yankees 2010 First Round pick. Instead, Heathcott had a pretty miserable April. He hit .191/.282/.294, with just one homer. He has stolen two bases in four attempts and taken just nine walks, striking out twenty times. His numbers are starting to move up, he hit .286/.316/.400 over his last ten games.

Dante Bichette, Jr. (3B, Charleston):
Bichette is fairing about as well as Heathcott, putting together a line of .194/.257/.290 during April. Despite this, he did have moments where he came through for the RiverDogs. He hit a pair of homers and had 19 RBIs.…

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The Farm Report: 5/8/13

In case you missed it – there were a couple important minor league tidbits reported today. As EJ noted, Ty Hensley won’t throw a pitch for any minor league affiliate this year due to his hip surgery.  In happier news, Curtis Granderson is ready to make some appearances in Scranton, and even homered in Extended Spring Training today, as he nears his return to the Bronx. This is good news for Scranton, who struggled offensively today. Trenton wasn’t much better, but Tampa’s offense blew away Fort Myers.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Indianapolis 2-0:
Much like the big league club last night, Scranton fell prey to one bad pitch today. With the game scoreless in the top of the third, Graham Stoneburner walked Jared Goedert and then gave up a two-run homer to Felix Pie, which proved to be the difference in the game. Neither team put up much of a threat during the remaining innings. Scranton only managed a total of three hits, as David Adams and Dan Johnson both went 1-3 and Jeff Farnham went 1-2.…

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Who’s Hot: April Prospects


With one month in the books, it is time to look at who’s been hot for the Yankees minor league system in April. I know I will keeping an eye on these players to see if they can carry their strong Aprils through to September – and if they can we are all in for some fun.

Robert Refsnyder (2B, Charleston/Tampa):
In his first full year of professional baseball, Refsnyder has shown some of the talent that garnered him MVP honors in last year’s College World Series. He returned to Charleston, where he hit .370/.452/.481 over thirteen games, picking up seven stolen bases. This quickly earned him a promotion to Tampa, where he finished April with a ridiculous line of .404/.525/.574 over twelve games. He has ten RBIs, and took nine walks while striking out just four times. Refsnyder has shown himself to be a bit prone to errors, however, but he has also made the move back to second base – a position he played in high school.…

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Minor League Review: April

Well, the first month of the 2013 season is in the books, so it is time to check on the minor league teams and players. Due to a busy start to my May, I am a little behind in getting these out, but here is a look at how the Yankees’ affiliates look so far.

railridersScranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
After spending 2012 on the road, there was a lot of excitement for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate this season. Not only did they have a newly renovated stadium, but they had a new name and look to go with it. The first month of the RailRiders’ existence has not gone quite as planned, but they seem to be picking up steam. Scranton fans had to wait until the fifth game of the season to see the RailRiders pick up a victory, as they started April with a 1-6 record. As if that wasn’t enough to overcome, their next six games were postponed due to rain and/or wet grounds, giving them five days between games and a slew of doubleheaders during the rest of the month.…

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The Farm Report: 5/6/13 Tracy strikes out nine in best start this season

The Yankees’ major league club isn’t the only one hit by injury, as Josh Norris fills us in on some bad news for Trenton. Kyle Higashioka, who was having a pretty strong start to 2013 as JR Murphy’s backup catcher, is done for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Rob Segedin is also on the DL after hurting his hip on the 24th, with no clear return date yet. Walter Ibarra is starting to work his way back from an abdominal injury, but has a ways to go before he will be cleared.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was blanked by Indianapolis 5-0:
Chien-Ming Wang got the start for the RailRiders, making short work of the Indians through the first three innings. The RailRiders had a chance to score first in the bottom of the third, when David Adams (making a start at first base) lined a double to left. Zoilo Almonte reached on an error, put Dan Johnson grounded out and Scranton came up empty.…

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The Farm Report: 5/5/13 Betances keeps Gwinnett hitless over five innings

Overall, it was a good day for the Yankees minor league system. Scranton swept their doubleheader and saw a solid start by Dellin Betances. Tampa beat up on Fort Myers, as almost everyone in the lineup got a hit and Robert Refsnyder continued to put together a super 2013. Trenton and Charleston both held the lead at one point today, but came up short.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 5-1 in Game 1:
Betances no-hit the Braves over five strong innings, while Scranton scored the first runs of the game in the top of the third. With two outs, the RailRiders got a base runner when David Adams was hit by a pitch. Zoilo Almonte flew a homer to center and Scranton took the 2-0 lead. Corban Joseph drew a walk to start the fifth, scoring later on a single by Dan Johnson. The RailRiders added some more insurance in the top of the sixth. Bobby Wilson lined a single to left and Joseph lined one to center.…

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The Farm Report: 5/3/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 6-2:
The RailRiders jumped out ahead early. David Adams and Zoilo Almonte hit back-t0-back singles in the top of the first and scored on a double by Addison Maruszak for a 2-0 lead. A solo homer by Brian McCann in the bottom of the fourth brought the Braves within one run, but Scranton got the run back in the top of the fifth. Luke Murton grounded a single to second and scored on a single by Corban Joseph. Ronnier Mustelier connected with his first hit of the season, driving a double to left in the top of the sixth. Marusazk laid down a sac bunt, but was safe after an error by Gwinnett pitcher, Yohan Flande. Melky Mesa doubled in the runners and scored when Bobby Wilson hit into a double play. A homer by Joey Terdoslavich gave the Braves a little life in the seventh, but the RailRiders held on for the 6-2 victory.

Everyone in the Scranton lineup had one hit, except Bobby Wilson (0-4) and Luke Murton, who went 2-3 with a run scored and a walk.…

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The Farm Report: 5/2/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat Gwinnett 4-1:
The Braves threatened a couple times early in the game, but the RailRiders escaped both times and the game headed into the top of the seventh with no score. Melky Mesa started off with a single to left. Zoilo Almonte followed with a single, but Dan Johnson hit into a double play. Ronnier Mustelier drew a walk and Addison Maruszak flew a double to left, plating two runs. Luke Murton lined a single to left, plating Maruszak for a 3-0 lead. In the eighth, Mesa scored David Adams on a triple. Gwinnett got the run back in the bottom of the inning, but that was it, as the RailRiders took the 4-1 win.

Mesa went 2-4 with a run scored, a triple and a RBI, striking out twice. Mustelier didn’t manage a hit in his first game of 2013, going 0-3 with a walk and a run scored. Almonte went 1-4 and Adams was 0-4 with a run scored.…

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The Farm Report: 5/1/13

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a much needed off day, after sweeping back-to-back doubleheaders. Meanwhile, Tampa was postponed due to rain, leaving just Trenton and Charleston in action on Wednesday, and both teams lost one-run games.  Jose Ramirez put together a strong start but Evan Rutckyj was not as lucky, getting behind early and issuing six free passes. Jose Campos threw a mixed bag for Charleston, picking up seven strikeouts enroute to the RiverDogs’ loss.

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 2-1:
The Thunder had the first baserunner of the day, when Tyler Austin singled in the bottom of the first, but an infield pop fly by JR Murphy ended the inning. Adam Loewen drew a walk for the Fisher Cats in the top of the third and Jose Ramirez hit Sean Ochinko with a pitch. A single by Kevin Pillar plated Loewen and New Hampshire took a 1-0 lead. Reegie Corona, recently activated from the DL, started the bottom of the fourth with a double to right and Austin was hit by a pitch.…

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