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

I got on Ramon Flores pretty hard about his apathetic April, but he turned things around and has been one of Tampa’s major offensive threats this season.  The young outfielder may be playing his best baseball yet, though he still has plenty to work on if he is going to make it to the Bronx.

Name: Ramon Flores
Position: Outfield
DOB: 3/26/1992
Ht:  5’11 Wt: 180
B/T: L/L

Flores signed with the Yankees in 2008 out of Venezuela for $775,000.  He started his professional career playing for the Dominican Summer League Yankees in 2009, when he hit .256/.423/.487 in eleven games before heading up to the Gulf Coast League Yankees.  He played 51 games in the GCL and struggled a bit, hitting just .196, though he did show a penchant for getting on base with a .303 OBP, thanks in part to his 22 walks.

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The Farm Report: 7/9/12

Even with Empire State and Charleston having the day off, there was no shortage of excitement on the farm today.  Tampa’s game was cut short by lightning, but the GCL Yankees appeared to make up for it with a marathon of a game.  Charleston’s John Brebbia earned SAL Pitcher of the Week honors, after throwing six scoreless innings and striking out nine batters in two appearances this past week.

Trenton beat Portland 3-0:
Jose Pirela knocked a solo homer to start the Trenton offense in the bottom of the first.  He started the third inning the same way, putting another homer over the left field wall.  It looked like the Thunder might get a decent rally, as David Adams followed with a single.  Zoilo Almonte grounded into a force out at second.  He then stole second.  Luke Murton walked and Almonte stole third but Trenton wasn’t able to bring him home.  The Thunder got some insurance in the seventh, as Rob Segedin went yard and the Thunder took a 3-0 win.

Pirela had a great game, going 3-3 with two homers.  Almonte went 1-4 with two stolen bases and a double.  David Phelps made the start and dominated the Sea Dogs for 6.2 innings.  He gave up one walk and one hit while striking out eleven.  Mike Ashmore has some video of Phelps talking after the game.  Danny Farquhar threw 2.1 innings of no hit, no walk baseball.  He struck out three.

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Negotiations complete with Hensley

But that doesn’t mean the waiting game is over.  According to Kevin Levine-Flandrup, the Yankees and Ty Hensley have finished their negotiations, however, the deal is not signed.  Apparently, Hensley is going to keep the Yankees waiting, as he mulls over whether he wants to play in Pinstripes now or head to Ole Miss.  The deadline is this Friday at 4pm. Continue reading Negotiations complete with Hensley

The Farm Report: 7/8/12

The Yankees’ affiliates had a tough day Sunday, taking losses across the board with the exception of Charleston.  The RiverDogs may have made up for it, as they pulled off an exciting thirteenth inning win.  The GCL Yankees had the day off.

Empire State lost to Buffalo 10-3:
The Bison scored first on a solo homer from Matt Den Dekker in the second.  Josh Satin hit a two-run shot in the fourth and Buffalo added three more runs in the top of the fifth for a 6-0 lead.  The Yankees finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning.  Cole Garner reached on an error and Ramiro Pena singled to put runners on the corners.  Doug Bernier doubled in Garner and Pena scored on a sac fly from Chris Dickerson, putting Empire State behind 6-2.  Ronnier Mustelier drew a lead-off walk in the sixth and scored on a single from Brandon Laird.  Sadly, that was all the Yankees offense for the day, as they fell 10-3.

Bernier went 2-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk.  Pena went 2-4 with a run scored.  The Yankees had a few chances to get back into the game, going 3-11 with runners in scoring position and leaving ten on base.  John Maine made the start and went 4.2 innings, allowing six runs on four hits, four walks and six Ks.

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The Farm Report: 7/5/12

After just finishing this post, the page decided to make me login again and – long story short – I lost 4/5 of the post.  So, tonight I am going to bullet point this, with the exception of the GCL game which was the only one that didn’t disappear just now.

Empire State lost to Lehigh Valley 7-2:

  • The Iron Pigs scored six runs in the first three innings, including a RBI single from Ryan Howard and a grand slam from Tug Hulett.
  • The Yankees finally scored on a solo homer by Brandon Laird in the fifth, his third straight game going deep.
  • Russell Branyan singled in Corban Joseph for the other Yankee run.
  • Joseph went 1-3 with a run scored and a walk.  Francisco Cervelli went 1-2 witha walk.
  • Adam Warren struggled, going six and giving up six runs on ten hits, four walks and no Ks.

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Who’s Not: Minor League June Edition


While June’s “Who’s Hot” post focused mostly on position players, pitchers seem to be dominating the “Who’s Not” list for June.  Not the kind of domination you want to see from your pitching prospects.  Pitching has also seen its fair share of injuries, as Manuel Banuelos and Jose Campos are still on the DL.  Graham Stoneburner is, once again, working his way back from injury.

Dellin Betances (P, Empire State AAA):
Betances has struggled to find any consistency this year, which finally culminated in him being demoted to Trenton.  Here on IIATMS we have mused about whether Betances got promoted to Empire State too quickly, so hopefully some time in Trenton gets him back on track.  Betances did have a decent May, but everything fell apart in June.  Over five games, the big hurler was hit for a .284 average and had a 9.00 ERA.  On the season, Betances was allowing 8.32 walks per nine innings, which was just below his 8.56 Ks per nine.  The good news is that he looked pretty sharp in his first outing back in Trenton.

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Who’s Hot: Minor League June Edition

It was another good month for Yankee prospects, as evidenced by the recent promotions.  Injuries continue to be a problem throughout the system, but some strong performances are making up for those holes in the lineups.

Mason Williams (OF, Charleston A):
Williams was one of the big names given a promotion to start July, and he definitely earned it.  In his last month in Charleston, the young outfielder hit .351/.381/.617, finally finding some power.  He hit five homers in June, along with eight doubles and a triple.   The knock on Williams has always been his lack of power, but at the same time, there has always been the possibility of it developing (given his youth and the fact that his father was an NFL wide receiver).  Perhaps we are starting to see that progress, in which case we are in for some exciting prospect watching.

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The Farm Report: Happy 4th!

Empire State beat Lehigh Valley 8-5:
The IronPigs took a one run lead in the first, but the Yankees put together their first rally in the second.  Russell Branyan walked and Brandon Laird singled to center.  Cole Garner doubled in Branyan and Gustavo Molina doubled in Garner and Laird for a 3-1 lead.  The Yankees doubled their score in the third.  Ronnier Mustelier singled  and stole second.  Jack Cust walked and Laird went yard, putting the Yankees up 6-1.  Corban Joseph lined a RBI double in the fifth and Branyan homered in the sixth for an 8-1 lead.  Lehigh Valley put together a nice rally in the bottom of the inning, scoring four runs.  The Yankees held on, however, walking away with an 8-5 victory.

Joseph went 2-6 with a double and a RBI.  Mustelier went 2-6 with a run scored and a stolen base.  Branyan went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and a RBI.  Laird went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and three RBIs.  Molina was 2-3 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs and two walks.  Nelson Figueroa went six and gave up five runs (four earned) on eight hits, no walks and a strikeout.  Cory Wade, Chase Whitley and Ryota Igarashi each pitched a perfect inning, with Igarashi getting a pair of Ks.

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The Farm Report: 7/3/12

I just got back from watching fireworks with my cousins & their kids and need to get up bright and early tomorrow, so this is going to be a quick Farm Report.  Here goes, and enjoy your Fourth!

Empire State lost to Lehigh Valley 6-5:
The Yankees scored first with a Brandon Laird home run in the second, but the Iron Pigs took a 2-1 lead in the fourth.  Trailing 4-1, the Yankees rallied in the sixth, scoring two runs.  They retook the lead in the eighth on a homer by Jack Cust.  Unfortunately, Lehigh Valley scored two in the bottom of the inning and handed the Yankees a 6-5 loss.

Chris Dickerson went 2-5 with a run scored.  Francisco Cervelli went 2-4 with a run scored and two RBIs.  John Maine took the start and went seven innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, a walk and three Ks.  Manny Delcarmen got the loss, allowing two runs in one inning of work.

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