About Tamar Chalker

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.

Prospect Profile: Ramon Flores

While Flores looked over matched in the GCL in 2009, he returned in 2010 looking like a different player.  He hit .329/.436/.481 in 43 games, earning a promotion to Charleston, along with GCL Post-Season All-Star honors.  In the GCL, Flores had a wRC+ of 171 and wOBA of .433.  He spent fourteen games with the RiverDogs, putting up some respectable numbers before spending eight games with the Tampa Yankees.

In 2011, it was back to Charleston for Flores who continued to improve his hitting consistency.  He looked to be adding a big of power and started to show off some surprising speed, swiping thirteen bags and getting caught only twice.  Flores has been a solid defender since the beginning, spreading 27 errors across four seasons and 333 professional games.

This season, Flores looks like he may be coming into his own.  After hitting an abysmal .207/.276/.230 in April, the youngster has his numbers up to .302/.367/.408 with five homers, nineteen doubles, a triple and 24 RBIs.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/9/12

Tampa beat Dunedin 4-1 in five innings:
The game was scoreless through three innings, but the Yankees busted through in the top of the fourth.  Ramon Flores drove a homer to right and Adonis Garcia drew a walk.  Garcia moved to second on a passed ball and got to third on a ground out.  Kyle Roller drew a walk and a ground ball by Anderson Feliz plated Garcia.  Kyle Higashioka drove a homer to left and the Yankees had a 4-0 lead.  The Blue Jays tried to battle back in the bottom of the inning.  Koby Clemens doubled to left and later scored on a wild pitch.  It ended up being Dunedin’s lone run, as a lightning strike at the park ended the game in the top of the sixth.

Flores went 3-3 with a double and a homer.  Higashioka had the only other hit for Tampa, going 1-2 with a homer and two RBIs.  Matt Tracy went five innings and gave up one run on three hits, four walks, a wild pitch and eight Ks.… Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/8/12

Trenton lost to Portland 3-2:
The Thunder took an early lead, as Zoilo Almonte, Luke Murton and Melky Mesa hit consecutive singles with two outs.  Almonte and Murton scored on Mesa’s hit and took a 2-0 lead.  Portland got one run back in the top of the second, as Matt Spring homered to left.  Jackie Bradley got hit by a pitch in the top of the third and a throwing error by Shaeffer Hall put runners on second and third.  One run scored on a ground out and the game was tied 2-2.  The game stayed knotted up until the top of the ninth, when Ryan Dent was hit by a pitch and Bradley drew a walk.  A single from Jeremy Hazelbaker scored Dent and the Sea Dogs took the 3-2 win as Trenton went down in order.

Almonte ended the game 1-3 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.  Murton, Mesa, Neil Medchill, Addison Maruszak and Yadil Mujica each had a hit to round out the Thunder offense.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/5/12

Trenton lost to New Britain 7-1:

  • The Rock Cats held a 6-0 lead before the Thunder finally scored in the seventh.
  • Even the Thunder’s lone run was messy, as JR Murphy reached on an error, went to second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on a ground out by Neil Medchill.
  • David Adams went 3-4, Zoilo Almonte went 2-4 with a double.  Medchill had the only other hit, a double and a RBI.
  • Dellin Betances went six innings and actually showed some good stuff.  He gave up six runs (only one earned) on seven hits and three walks.  He struck out nine.

Tampa beat Brevard County 1-0:

  • The Yankees had a couple chances to score early in the game, but in the end it was a solo homer from Gary Sanchez in the seventh that was the difference maker.  
  • Sanchez went 2-4.
  • Kyle Roller went 1-3 with a double.
  • Jose Toussen went 1-2 with a walk.
  • Nik Turley went six innings and allowed just one hit, no runs, no walks and struck out six.
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Who’s Not: Minor League June Edition

D.J. Mitchell (P, Empire State AAA):
While Adam Warren has gotten better as the season has gone on, Mitchell seems to be regressing.  He went 1-2 over five starts in June, with a 7.16 ERA.   Opposing hitters were knocking him for an absurd .319 average and he gave up four homers, which is how many he gave up in April and May combined.

Nik Turley (P, Tampa A+):
Turley was a favorite of ours in April, when he went 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts, threw 31.1 innings and struck out 32 while walking just ten.  In June, he went 1-1 in four games (three starts) where he managed just thirteen innings of work.  He had a 5.54 ERA, struck out sixteen and walked ten.

Bryan Mitchell (P, Charleston A):
Mitchell looked fantastic over April and May, but appeared to forget how to pitch in June. He went 1-4 over five games (four starts) with a 10.38 ERA.  He was hit for a .380 average over that time, after holding hitters to a .154 and .200 averages in April and May respectively.… Click here to read the rest

Who’s Hot: Minor League June Edition

Jose Pirela (SS, Trenton AA):
Pirela only played eight games in May and looked pretty mediocre, but that seemed to change in June.  He hit an impressive .381/.441/.513 over 27 games.  He scored 22 runs, hit three homers, six doubles and sixteen RBIs.  Pirela also drew twelve walks and swiped six bags.  Pirela was in Trenton last season and was far from noteworthy, hitting .239/.292/.353 over 128 games.  Only time will tell if he has finally found his stroke in Double-A or if he just had a good month.

Adam Warren (P, Empire State AAA):
Warren has had a roller coaster of a season.  He was close to making the Opening Day roster out of Spring Training and then struggled when he got to Empire State.  He appeared to put that behind him in June and was rewarded with him major league debut.  It may have been a disappointing debut, but that shouldn’t take away from how good Warren was in June.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: Happy 4th!

Trenton lost to New Britain 3-2:
The Thunder picked up a lead in the first, as Addison Maruszak doubled to center.  He moved over on a single by Zoilo Almone and scored on a sac fly from Luke Murton.  The Rock Cats got the run back on a solo homer from Deibinson Romero in the second.  Maruszak knocked a solo homer in the third, once again putting Trenton in front.  A single from Romero drove in Evan Bigley in the seventh, tying the game once again.  New Britain got the lead in the top of the eighth, for the 3-2 win.

Maruszak went 3-4 with two runs scored, a double and a homer.  Mike O’Brien made the start and pitched six innings, only giving up one run on three hits, a walk and four Ks.  Kelvin Perez got the rare blown save, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and a K.

Tampa beat Brevard County 5-4:
Jose Toussen lined a single to center in the third and Mason Williams singled to right.  … Click here to read the rest

The Farm Report: 7/3/12

Trenton beat Portland 11-3:
The Sea Dogs had a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Thunder scored five runs in the top of the third which proved plenty, as Zoilo Almonte hit a three run homer.  Portland scored another run, but Trenton answered with six unanswered runs over the next few innings, taking an 11-3 win.

Addison Maruszak went 3-5 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Almonte went 3-5 with a three run homer.  Melky Mesa went 3-5 with three runs scored and two doubles.  David Adams went 2-5 and Luke Murton went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Shaeffer Hall went 6.2 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits, four walks and four Ks.  Craig Heyer pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, with no walks or hits and two Ks.

Dunedin beat Tampa 10-6:
The Blue Jays took a 7-0 lead, before the Yankees finally got on the board on a sac fly from Slade Heathcott and a double from Gary Sanchez.  … Click here to read the rest