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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.

Some big minor league promotions


Via Josh Norris, Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez and Tyler Austin have all been promoted to Tampa, after putting together a nice first half in Charleston.  Rob Segedin, Neil Medchill and J.R. Murphy have been moved up from Tampa to Trenton.  Murphy looked like he was in for a long year at the start of the season, but a strong June campaign seems to have ticketed him up to Double-A.  Kyle Higashioka has been sent down to Tampa from Trenton.  Jose Toussen, Eduardo Sosa and Tyson Blaser have been sent down to Charleston to make room for today’s moves. Continue reading Some big minor league promotions

The Farm Report: 7/2/12

Empire State lost to Lehigh Valley 5-4 in 10 Innings:
The Yankees played a scoreless game for three innings and then burst into the lead.  Francisco Cervelli singled to start the fourth.  Brandon Laird followed with a triple and he scored on a double from Colin Curtis.  Doug Bernier doubled in Curtis and then scored on Corban Joseph’s double to right for a 4-0 Yankee lead. The Iron Pigs started to make their move in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three runs.  They tied the game in the bbottom of the ninth and a wild pitch by Jason Bulger allowed the winning run to score in the tenth, as Lehigh Valley took the 5-4 win.

Joseph went 2-5 with a double and a RBI.  Curtis went 2-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  Ramon Ortiz made the start.  He lasted 7.1 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, a walk and four Ks.

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Minor League Review: June

June brought plenty of drama for the Yankees’ minor league affiliates.  Charleston and Tampa both had their All-Star Breaks and struggled through continued bad weather and postponed games.  Empire State and Trenton continued to surprise me with strong 2012 campaigns and the short-season teams finally got underway.

Empire State Yankees:
Despite my concerns for the Yankees Triple-A affiliate at the start of the season, the Yankees continue to prove that you can’t predict baseball.  This is even more surprising, given that their supposedly formidable starting rotation has been a major disappointment.  The Yankees went 17-14 in June and sit just 2.5 games behind Lehigh Valley.

Pitching was going to be the story of the 2012 Empire State season, and while that has been true, it has not been for the reasons we expected.  Manuel Banuelos continues to battle various injuries and has only played in six games this season.  Dellin Betances‘ struggles with consistency has sent him back down to Trenton and D.J. Mitchell has also been having trouble on the mound as of late.  Ramon Ortiz and Adam Warren have held together the Empire State rotation lately, with strong performances in June.

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The Farm Report: 7/1/12

Empire State lost to Rochester 5-3:
The Yankees took an early lead, as Corban Joseph homered and Ronnier Mustelier homered in the first inning.  Rochester got one run back in the bottom of the inning.  Cole Garner started the second with a double, scoring on a sac fly from Chris Dickerson for a 3-1 lead.  Unfortunately, it was short-lived as the Red Wings scored three runs in the bottom of the inning for a 4-3 lead.  They added an insurance run in the seventh and the Yankees fell 5-3.

Mustelier went 1-4 with a two-run homer.  Joseph went 1-4 with a double and a run scored, while Russell Branyan, Francisco Cervelli and Garner had the rest of the Yankee hits.  Chris Schwinden took the start, going four innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits, a walk and two Ks.  Chase Whitley went three innings and gave up a run on three hits and four Ks.

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The Farm Report: 6/30/12

Sorry to be late on this, but I couldn’t get to it last night.  The big news on the farm was that Dellin Betances had a great return to Trenton, despite the Thunder’s walk-off loss.  Overall, it was a bit of a mixed bag for the Yankees.

Empire State beat Rochester 6-4:
Chris Dickerson started the game with a double to right, but the Yankees couldn’t score him.  The Red Wings took a 1-0 edge in the second, doubling their lead in the fourth.  Empire State rallied in the fifth, as Brandon Laird singled and Colin Curtis drew a walk.  Raymond Kruml singled to right, plating Laird and moving to second on the throw.  Dickerson lined a single to left, scoring two more Yankee runs for a 3-2 lead.  The Yankees added some needed insurance in the sixth.  Francisco Cervelli was hit by a pitch and Jack Cust singled to right.  A homer from Russell Branyan gave the Yankees a 6-2 advantage.  Rochester managed to plate a couple more runs, but the Yankees held on for the win.

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Adam Warren sent back to Empire State, D.J. Mitchell called up

Via Brian Heyman, the Yankees sent Adam Warren back to Triple-A after a less than stellar major league debut.  The kid had trouble locating his fastball and appeared to have let nerves get the best of him, lasting only 2.1 innings and allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks.  D.J. Mitchell will head back to the Bronx in his place.

It does not appear to be set in stone, but it is likely David Phelps will take the start next time around.  He had been in Tampa getting stretched out to start again, and last night’s outing seemed to help that transition move along. Continue reading Adam Warren sent back to Empire State, D.J. Mitchell called up

The Farm Report: 6/29/12

First, Nick Goody has been promoted from Staten Island to Charleston.  Goody was a closer for LSU this past season and had played just three games in the NY-Penn League prior to getting sent to Charleston.  He was a sixth round draft pick at the start of the month.

Empire State beat Gwinnett 11-4:
The Yankees took a quick lead, as Chris Dickerson started the first with a single.  Joseph grounded a RBI single to right and Russell Branyan homered for a 3-0 edge.  Gwinnett got two runs back in the second, but Empire State put some space between them in the third and fourth.  Dickerson walked and Cust drew a free pass with two outs.  Branyan singled in Dickerson and Brandon Laird doubled in Cust.  Cole Garner drew a walk and Gustavo Molina’s single plated Branyan and Laird for a 7-2 lead.  Cust knocked a three run homer in the fourth and the Yankees took an 11-4 win in the end.

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The Farm Report: 6/28/12

Graham Stoneburner made his first rehab appearance, struggling over two innings in the GCL.  Trenton gave up a decent lead in the ninth to take a tough loss to New Britain and Staten Island struggled against Hudson Valley, but the rest of the Yankees’ affiliates came out victorious.

Empire State beat Gwinnett 11-5:
The Yankees drew first blood, as Chris Dickerson singled to start the bottom of the inning.  Jack Cust connected with a ground-rule double and Russell Branyan singled in both runners for the early lead.  The Yankees put the game away in the fourth.  Francisco Cervelli tripled to right and scored on a double from Brandon Laird.  Cole Garner singled and Laird scored on a grounder from Ramiro Pena.  Dickerson singled to right and stole second.  Corban Joseph lined a double to the outfield, plating two runs.  Ronnier Mustelier singled in Joseph and Cust homered for the 9-0 lead.  The Braves got their first run in the top of the seventh, but the Yankees responded with two runs in the eighth, as Branyan and Cervelli hit sac flies.  Gwinnett had one last rally in them in the ninth, scoring four runs before the final out of the game gave the Yankees an 11-5 victory.

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Will Ty Hensley Sign?

The Yankees signed a lot of this year’s draft picks rather quickly and many of them have already gotten their professional careers underway in either the GCL or Staten Island.  Robert Refsnyder (fifth round pick) has yet to sign, but he was busy winning the College World Series (and picking up MVP honors) and it looks like he should join the Yankees sooner rather than later.  The glaring absence, however, is Ty Hensley, the Yankees first round pick.

Mike Ashmore has an interesting interview with Hensley, and I encourage you to read it in its entirety, there is some good stuff in it.  Unfortunately, while it sounds like the two sides are moving closer together it is hardly certain that the Yankees will get Hensley inked.  The most pressing(and perhaps concerning) part of the interview for many of us will be the following statement from Hensley,

I scored a 28 on my ACT and would like to pursue an engineering degree at some point and the college experience just isn’t the same at 27 as it is at 18, but at the end of the day my dream is to be a big leaguer. The fastest and most efficient path to that goal is what I want my next step to be, so it is really important to think things through and weigh everything out. There’s time built into this process to do that and I am taking it.

He obviously needs to make the right choice for him, but I for one am hoping that means we will be seeing him in pinstripes.


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