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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Three Yankee prospects break BA’s Top 10 SAL Prospects list

Williams was praised for his tools, but BA seemed particularly dissuaded by the young outfielder’s actions. They note that he apparently “caused a few headaches” for the RiverDogs’ staff and included a quote from an unnamed scout saying, “He’s got the tools, but he needs to be humbled.” I never saw any specifics regarding this, so I hope that this is more of an instance of a young guy who has yet to really be challenged feeling cocky.

Sanchez made this list last season, coming in fourteenth, so the young backstop made some good improvements, coming in fifth this year. BA continues to tout Sanchez’s great bat, his ability to use the whole field and hit for power. They note that he has made defensive improvements, but doubt his ability to stick at catcher. Sanchez also seems to take a hit for his apparent “lackluster” work ethic.

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Yankees’ offense quiet as their AL East lead falls back to one

Lost in the ugliness of the Yankees’ performance was David Aardsma’s pinstripe debut. After making his last major league appearance in Septemeber 2010, Aardsma gave the Yankees a decent eighth inning, but did allow Arencibia to go yard off him. Fourteen of his 24 pitches were strikes and his fastball hit 92 mph.

Bronx Cheers:
Ivan Nova: Nova went just 4.2 innings, gave up four runs on six hits, two walks and four Ks. His ERA is now 5.02. He has given up at least two runs in each outings since July 8th, while his last scoreless outing was June 11th.

Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-4, striking out once and stranding four runners.

Raul Ibanez: Ibanez went 0-3 and also struck out once and left four runners on base.

Curtain Calls:
Not a lot to be happy about in this game, but here goes…
Robinson Cano:
Robbie went 3-4 with a double. He is 8-11 over his last three games, so it looks like he’s found his bat again.…

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Sloppy game brings the Yankees’ win streak to an end

With one out in the top of the sixth, Donaldson hit what should have been a routine ground out to short. Nunez fielded the ball, spun around awkwardly and flung the ball well past Swisher, allowing the runner to advance to second. Pennington connected with a RBI single, and the A’s had the lead once again. The Yankees had a few chances to get the run back, having two runners on in the bottom of the sixth, and with Martin taking a leadoff walk in the eighth. A-Rod just missed a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth, as the ball was just short of the wall in right. Cano struck out to end the game, with the A’s taking the 5-4 win and the Yankees streak ending at seven games. Luckily, the Orioles fell to the Red Sox, keeping New York in first in the AL East.

I generally try to shy away from complaining about umpires. After a couple decades of playing competitive sports I have always felt that, while bad officiating can be incredibly frustrating and can no doubt have an impact on the game, it is usually on the players to make the plays, coaches to make strategic decisions, etc.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Empire State Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Adam Warren (RHP): Originally slated to be the number four or five starter, Warren struggled out of the gate, but eventually became a consistent force on the mound. Warren went 7-8 with a 3.71 ERA over 26 starts. He struck out 107 and walked 46.

Chris Dickerson (OF): Perhaps Empire State’s most solid bat this season, Dickerson went .316/.417/.515 over 69 games. He had seven homers, 24 doubles, four triples and 17 stolen bases.

Ronnier Mustelier (OF): Perhaps one of the more perplexing players in the Yankees system. He is older, so he isn’t looked at much as a prospect, yet the Yankees signed the Cuban outfielder last June and he has done nothing but hit since then. After destroying the competition in Trenton, Mustelier spent the season with Empire State, hitting .303/.359/.455 with ten homers, 21 doubles and seven stolen bases.

Players to Watch:
Corban Joseph (2B): After a strong start with Trenton, Joseph put together a decent season in Triple-A.…

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Yankees sweep Jays behind another big night for Ichiro

Toronto got a little life when Moises Sierra hit a two-run homer off Hughes in the top of the fifth, but a double by Nix and a RBI single by Jeter gave the Bombers those runs back, making the score 10-4. The Blue Jays rallied in the top of the eighth, as the Yankees sent Cory Wade to the mound for the first time since September 9th. Johnson promptly hit a solo homer to right and J.P. Arencibia lined a single to right. Wade struck out Hechavarria, but Gose hit a double deep to center, putting runners on second and third and prompting the Yankees to call on Joba Chamberlain. Lawrie singled in Arencibia and Gose scored on a ground out, cutting the Yankee lead to three runs. David Robertson came out in the top of the ninth and struck out the side to preserve the Yankees’ win.

Bronx Cheers:
Robinson Cano: Robbie went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout.…

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Looking back at the 2012 Trenton Thunder

It was an exciting season for Trenton, who showed some consistent play across the season despite the coming and going of various players due to injury or promotion. Trenton Manager Tony Franklin picked up a much deserved EL Manager of the Year Award. While it is always disappointing to just fall short of a championship, I would think Thunder fans have a lot to get excited about in the next couple years. They have the opportunity to continue to shine as prospects like Ramon Flores, Tyler Austin and Mason Williams could see time there shortly.

Curtain Calls:
Zoilo Almonte (OF): In 106 games, Almonte hit .277/.322/.487 with 21 homers, 23 doubles, 70 RBIs and fifteen stolen bases. He caused some excitement during Spring Training and has shown some good stuff.

David Adams (2B): Coming back from a nasty injury, Adams got better as the season progressed. He played 86 games and hit .306/.385/.450 with eight homers, 23 doubles and 48 RBIs.…

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Pettitte strong in return as Yankees beat Blue Jays 4-2

David Robertson found himself in trouble in the eighth, as Lawrie hit a leadoff double to left. A single by Adam Lind put runners on the corners. Mike McCoy replaced Lind on the bases and Kelly Johnson pinch hit for Mathis. Johnson slapped an opposite field single, plating Lawrie for the Blue Jays first run of the day. Robertson struck out Sierra for the first out, but a double lined by Omar Vizquel down the right field line scored McCoy, cutting the Yankee lead to one. After striking out Hechavarria, the Yankees called on Rafael Soriano for the four out save. Soriano walked Gose, loading the bases, but struck out Davis to end the inning.

New York got a little insurance in the bottom of the inning. Ichiro drove a two-out ground-rule double down the left field line, scoring on a single by Swisher. Meanwhile, Soriano was all business in the ninth, striking out Rasmus, getting Lawrie to ground out and striking out J.P.…

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