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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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.…

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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.  …

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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.  …

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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.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/2/12

Trenton beat Portland 12-4 in Game 1:
Melky Mesa doubled in the second and Luke Murton drew a walk.  Jose Gil doubled them both in and the Thunder had a 2-0 lead.  Jose Pirela drove a double to left in the third, scoring on a single from Addison Maruszak.  David Adams singled and Zoilo Almonte loaded the bases with a walk.  Mesa lined a single to center and Murton hit into a double play that brought Adams home.  Damon Sublett reached on an error by the Sea Dogs’ first baseman, plating Mesa for a 6-0 Thunder advantage.  Portland split the lead in half in the fourth, but the Thunder got the three runs back in the top of the fifth.  Zoilo homered to start the inning and Mesa singled to left.  Murton hit the second homer of the inning and Trenton led 9-3.  Portland added another run in the sixth, but the Thunder added some more insurance in the seventh.  Mesa and Murton hit back-to-back doubles.  …

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Minor League Review: June


While pitching has not been reliable for the Yankees, their offense has proven to be a big asset.  Ronnier Mustelier continues to make a case for a shot in the majors, consistently landing towards the top of the leader boards for the International League. Russell Branyan has also added some big relief for the Yankees’ offense since joining the team in June.

Trenton Thunder:
Much like Empire State, Trenton continues to perform in 2012.  They went 16-13 in June and find themselves just half a game behind Reading in the standings.  Trenton’s offense has been a big reason for their success.  They lead the league in slugging percentage (.420) and OPS (.755) and second in stolen bases.  Their power has been a big boon, as they have 91 homers – 28 more than the next team.

While the Thunder offense has shown their ability to hit the long ball, their pitching has allowed just 47 homers.  They have the second lowest ERA in the league, at 3.36.  …

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The Farm Report: 7/1/12

Trenton beat Portland 6-3:
The Sea Dogs took a 1-0 lead in the first and the score held through five innings.  The Thunder got their offense going in the sixth, as David Adams doubled and Addison Maruszak drew a walk.  Melky Mesa homered for a 3-1 edge.  Portland got one run back in the bottom of the inning and tied the game with a run in the seventh.  The game headed into extras, and in the top of the eleventh Trenton broke through.  Damon Sublett and Jose Gil singled.  A sac bunt from Yadil Mujica moved the runners over and Jose Pirela was intentionally walked.  Sublett scored on a ground out and Adams singled in Gil and Pirela for the 6-3 win.

Adams went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and two RBIs.  Mesa went 3-5 with a run scored, a homer and three RBIs.  Luke Murton and Sublett both went 2-5 with two and one doubles respectively.  Vidal Nuno threw 5.1 innings and gave up two runs on four hits, no walks and six Ks.…

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The Farm Report: 6/30/12

Dickerson went 2-5 with a double and two RBIs.  He also struck out three times.  Laird went 2-4 with a run scored.  Kruml went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  Michael O’Connor went four innings and allowed two run son four hits.  He walked no one and struck out three, giving up a pair of homers.

Trenton lost to Portland 4-3:
Addison Maruszak hit a solo homer to center for a 1-0 lead in the first.  The score held through five innings and the Yankees doubled their lead in the sixth, as Melky Mesa doubled and scored on a single from Damon Sublett.  Mesa singled in the top of the eighth and Jose Gil singled him in for a 3-0 lead, but the Sea Dogs struck back in the bottom of the inning.  Drew Hedman and Ryan Dent hit back-to-back singles and Jackie Bradley walked.  A double from Jeremy Hazelbaker plated three runs and the game was tied.  Hedman homered in the first at bat in the bottom of the ninth, giving Portland the walk-off victory.…

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