Author Archives: Tamar Chalker

The Farm Report: 5/6/12 – Pettitte has rough start for Empire State

Pettitte went five innings and gave up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks.  He struck out five.  Andy threw 92 pitches and 59 of them were strikes.  Mujica went 3-4 with a run scored and a double.  Pearce was 1-4 with two runs scored.

Trenton beat New Hampshire 4-3 in eleven innings:
New Hampshire drew first blood, scoring a run in the top of the first.  They added another in the third and had a 3-0 lead by the sixth.  Trenton finally got their bats going as Abraham Almonte and Corban Joseph started the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles.  Almonte scored on a ground ball from Cody Johnson, giving the Thunder their first run of the game.  Jose Gil started the seventh with a single to left and Addison Maruszak singled to center.  Gil scored on a grounder from Almonte and Trenton trailed 3-2.  A solo homer in the ninth by Kevin Mahoney tied the game and the Thunder and Fisher Cats were headed for extra innings. …

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Getting to know Ronnier Mustelier

Mustelier has moved quickly through the farm system, which is to be expected for a player of his age.  He started in the GCL last season, but after hitting .500/.524/.550 over five games, the Yankees quickly moved him up.  He skipped Charleston completely and found himself in Tampa, where he played the remainder of the season.  He hit .333/.378/.524 over 31 games with thirteen doubles, a triple, three homers and six stolen bases.

Starting this season in Trenton, Mustelier has shown no signs of slowing down.  He hit .353/.412/.598 over 25 games and has five homers.  He has been a happy surprise for a Trenton team that entered the season with a lot of question marks, but now they will be looking for someone else to take that role, as he gets his chance with Empire State.  Tony Franklin, the Trenton manager, thinks the promotion is “well deserved” and said, “I think you might see him pretty soon in the big leagues, he can hit.”

Clearly, Mustelier can hit, but we all know that alone does not land you a chance in the Bronx, right Jorge Vazquez?

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The Farm Report: 5/4/12 (Updated)

Trenton lost to New Hampshire 7-5 in ten innings:
With two outs in the first, Ronnier Mustelier singled to short.  Cody Johnson grounded a single to left and Melky Mesa plated Mustelier for the first run of the game.  New Hampshire responded with a big inning of their own, taking a 3-1 lead.  Luke Murton started the bottom of the second with a solo homer, bringing the Thunder within one.  The Fisher Cats scored two more runs in the fifth, but Trenton wasn’t done yet.  Mustelier hit a solo shot in the sixth.  He reached on an error in the eighth and Johnson singled to left.  Mesa singled, plating Mustleier.  A wild pitch allowed Johnson to score and the Thunder tied the game 5-5.  The game went into extra innings, but New Hampshire was ready to put an end to the Thunder’s night.  Mike McDade doubled to left and Mark Sobolewski singled.  McDade scored on a single from Tolisano.  Justin Jackson hit a RBI single for insurance and the Fisher Cats held a 7-5 lead. …

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The Farm Report: 5/3/12

Trenton beat Portland 9-7:
The Thunder scored early and often on Thursday, as Abraham Almonte started the game with a single to right.  He then stole second and moved to third on a ground out.  Ronnier Mustelier then grounded out to third, but Almonte scored, giving Trenton a 1-0 lead.  Melky Mesa began the second with a single and was able to move to third on a ground out and a wild pitch.  A single from Kevin Mahoney scored Mesa and Trenton was up 2-0.  Mahoney and Gustavo Molina hit back-to-back singles to open the fifth inning, moving over on a sac bunt.  Almonte drew a walk, as did Dan Brewer, plating Mahoney.  Mustelier was hit by a pitch, bringing home another run and giving the Thunder a nice 4-0 lead.  The Sea Dogs, however, found their stroke in the bottom of the inning.  Matt Spring doubled to center and Ryan Dent followed with a single.  Kolbrin Vitek singled to right and Juan Carlos Linares homered, tying the game at 4-4. …

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The Farm Report: 5/2/12

Trenton came back to beat Portland 4-3:
Portland scored first on a RBI double by Dan Butler.  They added another run in the bottom of the third.  The Thunder had only managed one hit through the first three innings, but Ronnier Mustelier started the fourth with a solo homer to left.  Cody Johnson followed with a single and Melky Mesa doubled.  A sac fly from Kevin Mahoney plated Johnson and the score was tied 2-2. Reynaldo Rodriguez homered to center in the fifth, giving the Sea Dogs a 3-2 edge.  Dan Brewer started the top of the eighth by lining a single to center.  Mustelier worked a walk, but Johnson ground into a double play.  A wild pitch allowed Brewer to score, however, and the game was tied once again.  Mahoney led off the top of the ninth with a triple to center, scoring on a double by Jose Gil and giving Trenton their first lead of the game.  Portland threatened in the bottom of the inning, as Ryan Dent singled to start the Seadogs last chance to score.  …

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A Lawyer’s Perspective on Andy Pettitte’s Testimony

Calcaterra points out very clearly (and with the appropriate attached legal documentation one would expect from competent counsel) that if Roger Clemens is found innocent it is not because his old pal Andy Pettitte lied or conveniently forgot about a decades old conversation.  It was because the prosecution either 1) did not do their homework or 2) thought that bringing in a close teammate of Clemens, who has admitted to using HGH on two occasions, would outweigh his own testimony.  I suspect the prosecution’s decision to use Pettitte’s testimony had more to do with the latter of those two options.  I hope that is true, after all, as I would hate to think that they have wasted our tax money by being so incompetent at their jobs that they failed to know what one of their key witnesses would say.  They are also in a tough spot, as Brian McNamee has proven to be far from a reliable character and the defense should have plenty of ammunition to use when he takes the stand.…

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Who’s Not: Minor League April Edition

Cito Culver (SS): Culver had an abysmal start to 2012, hitting .176 before getting hot in the last three games of the month.  For the month as a whole, he hit .238/.351/.313 with a pair of doubles and a pair of triples (all of which came in those last three games).  Culver has worked twelve walks, but struck out twenty-three times.  He continues to struggle quite a bit against left-handed hitting, as the switch hitter has just a .167 average against southpaws.  He is dangerous once he gets on base, having been successful in all six of his steal attempts.  Culver’s defense continues to be one of his greatest assets, and if those last three games are any indication, he could be on his way to turning his season around.  Unfortunately, Culver was put on the temporarily inactive list yesterday after the passing of his grandfather, so he will miss the next few days.

Angelo Gumbs (IF): Gumbs was ranked #12 on the IIATMS Top 30 list after a strong season at Staten Island for the youngster.  …

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Who’s Hot: Minor League April Edition

Gary Sanchez (C):
Sanchez saw his prospect status rocket prior to last season, but his 2011 had a bit of a Jeckyll and Hyde feel to it.  With any luck, that is behind him, as he has started 2012 off with a bang.  I wonder if having so many highly touted prospects in Charleston is helping him, as it takes a bit of the pressure off.  He is hitting .346/.407/.462 in twenty games.  He has nine doubles and six RBIs.  Sanchez has already swiped six bases this season, getting caught only once, which is particularly impressive for a catcher.  There is more good news for Sanchez, who has always taken a beating for his defense.  The catcher seems to have made some big improvements since last season, as he continues to work on his receiving skills.

Nik Turley (LHP):
The young southpaw has followed up his big 2011 season with a strong April.  Turley made five starts this month and is 2-0 with a 2.01 ERA, holding opposing hitters to a .241 average.  …

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