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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Looking back at the 2012 Tampa Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Slade Heathcott (OF): Coming back from his second shoulder surgery, Heathcott added a nice bat to the Yankee lineup when he returned to action in June. He ended the season .307/.380/.461 with seventeen stolen bases, five homers and sixteen doubles in 60 games.

Ramon Flores (OF): Flores was central to the Yankee offense this season, hitting .302/.370/.420 over 131 games in Tampa. He smacked six homers, seven triples and 29 doubles, while swiping 24 stolen bases.

Mark Montgomery (RHP): Montgomery continued his fast track to the majors in 2012, starting the year off dominating in the FSL. He made 31 relief appearances, going 4-1 with a 1.34 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .165 average. Montgomery struck out 61 batters, allowing just sixteen walks over 40.1 innings of work. He was just as strong in fifteen games with Trenton and will get some extra work in the Arizona Fall League, so seeing him in the Bronx at some point next season could be realistic.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Charleston RiverDogs

Curtain Calls:
Tyler Austin (OF): Austin had a breakout season this year, hitting .320/.405/.598 in 70 games for Charleston, before getting the call up to Tampa and even making an appearance in Trenton. He had a team leading fourteen homers, along with seventeen stolen bases and five triples.

Ben Gamel (OF): Gamel hit .306/.342/.394 over 110 games. He lead the team in RBIs (61) and was second to Bichette in doubles (23).

Mason Williams (OF): After a breakout 2011, Williams continued to impress. He hit .304/.359/.489 before being promoted and then having season-ending shoulder surgery.

Gary Sanchez (C): Upon the trading of Jesus Montero, Sanchez took over the role of most exciting catching prospect for the Yankees this season. He lived up to the billing, hitting .297/.353/.517 for Charleston. He had thirteen homers, nineteen doubles and even eleven stolen bases (let’s see Montero do that…). Still just nineteen, Sanchez ended the season in Tampa, where he hit .319 over 26 games in August.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Staten Island Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Taylor Dugas (OF): Dugas was a strong presence in the Staten Island lineup this season, hitting .306/.465/.373 over 59 games. Pay particular attention to his .465 on base percentage, a product of his drawing a league leading 51 walks, while striking out just 35 times.

Matt Snyder (1B): Snyder hit .299/.397/.428 with 34 RBIs, three homers and thirteen doubles. He also managed to work more free passes to first base (26) than strike outs (19).

Saxon Butler (1B): In 36 games in the NY-Penn League, Butler dominated opposing pitching. He hit .296/.370/.620 with ten homers, fourteen doubles and 36 RBIs.

James Pazos (LHP): In 28 appearances (40.1 innings), Pazos went 2-2 with a 1.79 ERA. He struck out 39 and walked just nineteen.

Players to Watch:
Ravel Santana (OF): The return of Santana, after an ugly ankle injury ended his 2011 season, was much anticipated. A five-tool prospect who had dominated the GCL prior to his injury, Santana struggled this season.…

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Looking back at the 2012 GCL Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Jerison Lopez (2B):Lopez was the cornerstone of the Yankee offense this season. He hit .321/.385/.415 with fifteen RBIs and thirteen doubles. His performance earned him GCL All-Star honors as the Yankees’ lone representative.

Mikeson Oliberto (OF): If Lopez wasn’t the one starting a rally, it was likely Oliberto. The outfielder hit .279/.342/.477 with eight stolen bases, three homers, six triples and thirteen doubles.

Jordan Cote (RHP): Cote was the Yankees 3rd round pick in 2011 and the raw hurler from New Hampshire showed just what the Yankees were excited about when they signed him. He absolutely dominated the GCL, going 3-0 with a 0.98 ERA over 27.2 innings. He gave up no homers, struck out 25 batters and allowed just four walks. He held opposing hitters to a .204 average before being promoted to Staten Island and promptly placed on the 60-day DL (mainly to limit his innings, not due to a specific injury).

Players to Watch:
Austin Aune (SS): This year’s second round pick showed some good stuff this year, though his defense definitely needs some improvements.…

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Baseball America recognizes Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and others with end of season honors

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Trenton loses the EL Championship to Akron

With one last chance to force a fifth game, Trenton got some life with two outs. A single by Maruszak gave them a batter and Murphy and Mahoney both drew walks, loading the bases. Unfortunately, Rob Segedin couldn’t keep the rally going, grounding into a force out at second and ending the game with Akron on top 6-1 and taking the EL crown.

Bronx Cheers:
Ramon Flores, David Adams, Rob Segedin: Each went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Segedin left two runners in scoring position. Flores had an error.

Ryan Pope: In just 0.1 innings of work, Pope gave up three runs on two hits and two walks.

Curtain Calls:
Addison Maruszak: He was arguably one of the most consistent players for Trenton this season and he carried that into the post season. He went 2-4, but his team couldn’t push him across the plate.

JR Murphy: He went 1-3 with a homer, the lone Thunder run. He also drew a walk and struck out once.…

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Trenton keeps Championship dreams alive with 11-7 victory over Akron

Trenton used another big rally in the bottom of the fifth, however, to retake the lead for good. After two quick outs, Garcia singled to center and Flores drew a walk. Adams was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Almonte lined a single to center, plating two runs and bringing the Thunder within one run of the Aeros. A double by Addison Maruszak brought home Adams and Almonte for the 8-7 edge. In a game where no lead seemed safe, Trenton kept adding to their lead during the late innings. A RBI single by Flores in the sixth plated Kevin Mahoney, while JR Murphy hit a RBI double in the seventh. Adams scored Walter Ibarra in the eighth on a single to left, giving the Thunder an 11-7 victory over the Aeros and sending the series to a Game 4.

Bronx Cheers:
Rob Segedin: The designated hitter did not do much hitting, going 0-4 with three Ks.

Mikey O’Brien: Trenton’s starter did not last long, going just two innings and allowing five runs on eight hits.…

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Trenton drops Game 2 to Akron 7-5

Bronx Cheers:
Adonis Garcia: Garcia went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Addison Maruszak: Also went 0-4, striking out once. Everyone else in the lineup had at least one hit.

Shaeffer Hall: Hall went just three innings, giving up seven runs (five earned) on six hits, a walk and two Ks. He gave up a pair of homers.

Curtain Calls:
David Adams: The infielder went 2-4 with a run scored.

Zoilo Almonte: Almonte also went 2-4 with a run scored. He had a homer and three RBIs.

Mark Montgomery: The reliever threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.

In the On Deck Circle:
Trenton and Akron will get a day off on Thursday, as the series shifts to New Jersey for the remainder. The Yankees will send Mikey O’Brien to the mound. He went 5-7 with a 4.20 ERA in nineteen starts for Trenton this season. He last saw Akron on August 24th, when he held them scoreless over 6.2 innings, allowing one hit, three walks and striking out five.…

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Trenton drops Game 1 of ELCS to Akron 3-0

Adams started the sixth with a double, but once again Trenton couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. Akron got some insurance in the bottom of the inning, as Holt started with a triple to right. Chen doubled him in and Akron held a 3-0 lead. Trenton went down in order in the seventh and eighth. David Aardsma made another rehab appearance for Trenton, pitching the eighth inning and giving up a leadoff walk, a single to Jordan Henry and another walk, loading the bases with no outs. He escaped the inning by striking out Chen and getting Aguilar to ground into a double play. With one last chance to  make it a game, Maruszak hit a one out single in the ninth, but Trenton couldn’t rally as they fell 3-0.

Bronx Cheers:
Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores and Zoilo Almonte: Each went 0-4, with Austin striking out twice.

RISP: As a team, Trenton went 0-7 with runners in scoring position. They stranded seven runners.…

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