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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The Farm Report: 6/15/12

 Trenton lost to Harrisburg 4-3 in ten innings:
The Senators scored two runs in the bottom of the second for a quick lead.  Luke Murton homered for the Thunder in the fourth, for a 2-1 deficit.  Harrisburg got the run back in the fifth, but Zoilo Almonte started the sixth with a single to left.  Zoilo stole second and moved to third on a throwing error.  A wild pitch brought the run home and the Senators held a 3-2 lead.  Trenton tied the game in the eighth, though the game could have ended there.  Zoilo struck out with two outs, but he was able to reach first safely on the wild pitch.  He stole second and scored on a single from Melky Mesa.  The game went into extra innings, but the Senators started the tenth with a double from Chris Marrero, who was replaced by Stephen King – no doubt, an ominous sign.  An intentional walk was followed with another free pass to load the bases, as Chris McConnel drove a single to center, plating King for the 4-3 Harrisburg victory.…

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The Farm Report: 6/14/12

Ronnier Mustelier went 3-4 on the night with an outfield assist.  He is hitting .352/.397/.500 in thirteen games in the month of June.  Colin Curtis went 2-4, while Francisco Cervelli had the Yankees lone extra base hit of the night with a double.  Adam Warrent went five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits, three walks and two Ks.  Delcarmen lasted just .2 innings, giving up five runs (just one earned) on five hits, a walk and one K.

Trenton gave up a five-run lead, losing to Altoona 7-6 in the ninth:
Abraham Almonte started the game with a double to center, moving to third on a fly out from Jose Pirela.  David Adams and Zoilo Almonte drew walks and Abraham scored when Melky Mesa reached on catcher’s interference.  Altoona answered with a RBI double from Miles Durham to tie the game 1-1.  The Thunder wasted little time regaining the lead, however, as Jose Gil worked a lead off walk and Addison Maruszak singled.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/13/12

Adams went 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.  Gil went 3-3 with two runs scored, a homer and four RBIs.  Zoilo Almonte went 2-4 with a double, three RBIs and a stolen base.  Mikey O’Brien made the start and went five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, three walks and six Ks.

Trenton swept the doubleheader, beating Altoona 2-0:
The game was scoreless through three innings before Trenton scored in the top of the fourth.  Zoilo Almonte singled to left and stole second.  He scored on Johnson’s single to center.  Abraham Almonte led off the top of the sixth with a triple to right, scoring on a single from Jose Pirela, giving the Thunder some insurance, as they took the 2-0 victory.  Zoilo went 2-2 with a run scored, a walk and a stolen base.  He was the only batter with multiple hits.  Vidal Nino threw 5.1 innings and kept the Curve scoreless on three hits and a walk, while striking out four.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/12/12

Branyan continues to crush the ball, going 3-4 with a run scored, two doubles and four RBIs.  Mustelier went 2-5 with two runs, a RBI and two stolen bases.  Russo went 2-5 with three runs scored and a double.  David Robertson threw a perfect first inning of the game, picking up a K.

Tampa beat Clearwater 4-3 in 10 innings:
The game stayed scoreless through five innings before Tampa broke through in the top of the sixth.  With two outs, J.R. Murphy lined a double to center.  Rob Segedin followed with a RBI single to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Clearwater used a three-run seventh to take the lead, but Tampa came back in the top of the eighth.  Garrison Lassiter lined a single to third and Murphy knocked a homer to left to tie the game 3-3.  Tampa wasted little time in taking retaking the lead as the game entered extra innings.  Murphy reached on an error in the tenth and moved to second on a wild pitch.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/10/12

Trenton beat Binghamton 3-2 in 10 innings:
The game was scoreless through three innings before Binghamton got the first run of the day.  Matt Den Dekker doubled to right, moving to third on a ground out and scoring on a wild pitch.  The Thunder got their first run of the day in the bottom of the fifth.  Jeffrey Farnham singled and Abraham Almonte followed with a double.  David Adams hit a sac fly to right and the game was tied 1-1.  The score stayed that was through the ninth inning, before Binghamton took another lead in the top of the tenth.  Juan Lagares singled and moved to second on a sac bunt.  A throwing error by Jose Pirela allowed Lagares to score and the Mets were ahead 2-1.  Trenton made two quick outs, but Zoilo Almonte gave them some hope as he singled to right.  Melky Mesa drew a walk and both runners moved on a wild pitch.  Shane Brown was the hero again when he singled to left, plating Almonte for the walk-off victory.…

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The Farm Report: 6/9/12

Chris Dickerson went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Laird was 2-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.  The Yankees were 2-16 with runners in scoring position, leaving 12 runners on the bases.  Dellin Betances went just 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits, four walks and six Ks.

Trenton got blanked by Binghamton losing 12-0:
Josh Rodriguez started the game with a triple for the Mets, scoring on a single from Matt Den Dekker.  A homer by Rylan Sandoval gave Binghamton a 2-0 edge.  They doubled their lead in the fourth and continued to add runs in the late innings.  The Thunder had a few opportunities to score during the game.  Trailing 2-0 Yadil Mujica and Jose Pirela both singled, but they came up empty.  A lead-off double by Abraham Almonte in the sixth proved fruitless as well.  With a twelve-run deficit in the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs, as Mujica reached on an error and Almonte and Pirela each singled.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/7/12

Doug Bernier went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.  Curtis went 2-4 with a run scored, two double and a RBI.  The only Yankee to come up hitless was Chris Dickerson, who went 0-3 but had a RBI on a sac fly.  Nelson Figueroa went six inning and kept the Bulls scoreless on three hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

Trenton beat Erie 5-1:
The Thunder struck in the third, as Damon Sublett singled and scored on a sac fly from David Adams.  Trenton added another run in the fourth as Melky Mesa doubled and Addison Maruszak tripled him in.  Jose Pirela hit a one out double in the top of the fifth and stole third.  Adams then drove a sac fly to right, plating Pirela for a 3-0 lead.  Erie finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth, on a triple from Niuman Romero, but Trenton got some insurance in the seventh.  Maruszak, Sublett and Abraham Almonte drew back-to-back-to-back walks, loading the bases.  …

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Looking back on the Yankees’ 2012 draft class: Part 2

Round 7 (247): Taylor Garrison
DOB: May 24, 1990
Position: Pitcher
B/T: R/R
Ht: 5’11
Wt: 180
School: Fresno State (CA)

Another collegiate closer, Garrison is on the small side but throws a nice low-90s fastball that has touched 94 mph.   He has an above average cutter and a decent changeup and curve.  Garrison actually was a walk-on to Fresno State’s team his freshman year but eventually was awarded a scholarship.  He had a great junior year at Fresno State, going 2-2 with a 1.32 ERA in eighteen relief appearances.  He had three saves and 42 Ks during that time.  The Dodgers drafted him in the 27th round of last year’s draft but he returned to school for his senior year.

Round 8 (277): Taylor Dugas
DOB: December 15, 1989
Position: OF
B/T: L/L
Ht: 5’8
Wt: 170
School: Alabama

Dugas is Alabama’s all-time hits, singles, doubles and triples leader, hitting an impressive .360 over four season.  He also had a .466 on-base percentage over that time period.  …

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