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.

The Farm Report: 6/13/12

Lots of games today so let’s get to it…

Empire State had the day off.

Trenton beat Altoona 10-2 in Game 1:
Melky Mesa singled in the second, stole second and scored on a single by Jose Gil to give Trenton the first run of the day.  The Curve scored their first run in the bottom of the inning, but the Thunder struck in the top of the fifth.  Gil drew a walk and Yadil Mujica homered.  Abraham Almonte singled, scoring on a hit from David Adams to give Trenton a 4-1 lead.  Altoona made it 4-2, but the Thunder got plenty of insurance in the sixth.  Mesa drew a walk and stole second.  Luke Murton singled an Gil homered.  Almonte walked, which wa followed by a single from Adams.  Cody Johnson drew just his 27th walk in 53 games, loading the bases.  A double from Zoilo Almonte cleared the bases and the Thunder had a 10-2 victory.

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The Farm Report: 6/12/12

It was a pretty quiet day on the farm, with both Trenton and Charleston having their games rained out.  Tampa made up for the lack of baseball by taking their game into extras.

Empire State beat Louisville 9-7:
The Yankees took a quick lead, as Kevin Russo reached on an error and scored on a Russell Branyan singled.  The Bats responded with a run in the second and took the lead with another run in the third.  The Yankees, however, put together a nice rally in the bottom of the third, primarily by using some patience at the plate.  Russo led off the inning with a double.  Corban Joseph singled him in.  Ronnier Mustelier singled, putting runners on the corners before he stole second.  Branyan was intentionally walked to load the bases.  Brandon Laird drew a walk, plating Joseph.  Gustavo Molina and Doug Bernier followed suit, taking walks that scored two more runs and giving the Yankees a 5-2 lead.  The Bats added a couple more runs, but Empire State had another big inning in the sixth.  Bernier drew a walk and Russo singled.  Joseph laid down a sac bunt to move the runners and Mustelier hit a single, plating Bernier.  Mustelier stole second and Jack Cust drew a walk.  Branyan hit a bases clearing double and Empire State held a 9-4 lead.  Louisville rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth, but it was not enough as the Yankees held onto the 9-7 victory.

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The Farm Report: 6/10/12

Empire State lost to Louisville 5-4:
The Bats jumped out in front quickly, as Neftali Soto hit a two-run shot to left in the first inning.  Ronnier Mustelier answered with a long ball of his own, making the score 2-1.  Louisville plated another run in the top of the second, but the Yankees got the run back.  Brandon Laird singled and moved to second when Kevin Russo reached on an error.  Ramiro Pena loaded the bases with a single and Gustavo Molina followed with a sac fly to right, plating Laird.  The Bats struck again in the fifth, as Joey Gathright bunted for a single, scoring on a single from Soto to give Louisville a 4-2 lead.  Empire State tied the game in the bottom of the inning.  Russell Branyan drove a solo homer to left.  Doug Bernier lined as ingle to right and Russo followed with a single of his own, plating Bernier.  Colin Curtis knocked a double to right, but Empire State couldn’t keep the rally going.  The Bats scored another run in the top of the sixth, giving them a 5-4 edge they would hold onto for the win.

Pena went 2-2 before being replaced on the bases with Curtis.  Mustelier went 2-4 with a homer and a walk.  D.J. Mitchell went six innings, giving up five runs on six hits, four walks and five Ks.  As Brien pointed out earlier, David Robertson hit a 1-2-3 seventh inning, knotting one strikeout.

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The Farm Report: 6/9/12

Empire State and Trenton came up short, but both Tampa and Charleston gave fans some excitement Saturday night.  Tampa pitcher Shane Greene had a perfect game going until he was pulled due to his pitch/inning limit.  Meanwhile, the RiverDogs and Dante Bichette had some exciting ninth inning heroics in store for the crowd in Charleston.

Empire State lost to Louisville 9-5:
Louisville struck first, scoring one run in the top of the second.  Colin Curtis started the Yankees’ half of the inning with a single, scoring on a double from Brandon Laird.  They took the lead in the third, as Corban Joseph led off with a triple and scored on a passed ball.  The Bats came alive in the fourth, however, as Bill Rhinehart singled and Cody Puckett was hit by a pitch before a homer by Daniel Dorn.  Rhinehart connected with the three-run shot in the fifth, giving Louisville a 7-2 lead.  Laird hit another RBI double in the sixth, and the Yankees trailed by four.  Louisville added two more runs in the top of the eighth, but Empire State got the runs back.  Francisco Cervelli drew a walk and Curtis was hit by a pitch.  Ramiro Pena singled to load the bases and Doug Bernier worked a RBI walk.  Kevin Russo knocked a sac fly to left, but the Yankees still lost 9-5.

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The Farm Report: 6/7/12

If you missed my run down of the Yankees draft picks, check these out, along with Brien’s update on a few players who have already signed.  Tampa got rained out again, but the other three affiliates were hard at work this evening. In injury news, Kevin Whelan has been put on the DL, I am not sure why at the moment. Tyler Austin hurt himself sliding into second, which resulted in players on both teams being pulled. No official word, but it sounds like Austin was having trouble putting weight on his left foot.

Empire State beat Durham 6-2:
The Yankees drew first blood as Jack Cust singled in Kevin Russo for a run in the first inning.  The Yankee lead stayed at one run through four innings, but they pulled away in the fifth.  Colin Curtis started the inning with a double to center, scoring on Gustavo Molina’s single.  Doug Bernier lined a single, moving Molina to third on an error.  Chris Dickerson hit a sac fly and Kevin Russo followed with a double.  Cust was hit by a pitch and Russell branyan singled in Bernier and Russo to give the Yankees a 5-0 lead.  In the top of the eighth, Brandon Laird singled and scored on another double from Curtis.  Durham was able to put two runs up in the bottom of the eighth, but the Yankees held on for the 6-2 victory.

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

Continuing my post from yesterday, where I reviewed the first five rounds of Yankee draft picks, I am giving you some brief profiles of rounds 6-10.  I’ll also make a list of the rest of the Yankees picks at the bottom now that the draft is officially over.

Round 6 (217): Nick Goody
DOB: July 6, 1991
Position: Relief Pitcher
B/T: R/R
Ht: 6’0
Wt: 195
School: Louisiana State University

Last year, the Yankees drafted Goody in the 22nd round of the draft.  He was fresh out of junior college and opted to continue his career with LSU.  It appears to have paid off, as the Yankees drafted Goody in the sixth round this year.  Goody is a relief pitcher, closing for the Tigers this season.   In 32.1 innings for LSU this season, he had an ERA of 2.51 and a WHIP of 1.09.  His K/9 was an impressive 12.61 and he picked up eleven saves.  He has a nice low-90s fastball and a late-breaking power slider, both of which he appears to command consistently as he only issued three walks all season – or put another way, for every batter he walked he struck out fifteen.  Baseball America believes that Goody is a player who could find himself in the majors pretty quickly.

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The Farm Report 6/6/12

Some quick roster notes for the Yankees’ affiliates.  Via Mike Ashmore, Melky Mesa has been activated off the DL, while Kevin Mahoney has been put on the DL with groin soreness.  Yadil Mujica has been sent back to Trenton from Empire State.

Empire State beat Durham 9-4:
Russell Branyan continues to show off his power, hitting a solo homer to start the second inning.  Chris Dickerson doubled to open up the third.  Ramiro Pena drew a walk and Jack Cust singled in Dickerson.  A sac fly from Francisco Cervelli put the Yankees up 3-0.  The Bulls got their first run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Yankees hit back in the fifth.  Ronnier Mustelier singled to left and Cust doubled.  A single from Cervelli plated both runners and Empire State was up 5-1.  Brandon Laird hit a two-run homer in the seventh, but Durham put together a small rally to score two in the bottom of the inning.  Dickerson drew a walk to start the eighth, stealing second before Pena doubled him in.  A single from Branyon put the Yankees up 9-3.  Durham put up another run in the bottom of the eighth, but the Yankees held on for the 9-4 win.

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Looking at the Yankees’ 2012 Draft class

As I write this, the final day of the 2012 First Year Player Draft is underway.  While there is always the chance that the next Andy Pettitte (22nd round draft pick) or Jorge Posada (24th round draft pick) is lurking in today’s selections, let’s take a look at the guys the Yankees drafted in the first five rounds.  I’ll follow up with rounds 6-10 tomorrow, along with a full list of the Yankees draft picks.

Round 1 (30): Ty Hensley
DOB: July 30, 1993
Position: RHP
B/T: S/R
Ht: 6’4
Wt: 220
School: Edmund Santa Fe HS (OK)

The Yankees got an exciting pick in the first round of this year’s draft.  The big righty throws a hard fastball that has touched 97mph, but his best pitch is a plus 12-6 curveball.  Hensley needs to work on his mechanics and his below average changeup if he is going to have a career as a starter.  The high school pitcher had a committment to Ole Miss, but it sounds like he has already decided to sign with the Yankees.  If you missed my full write-up on Hensley yesterday, you can check it out here.

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The Farm Report: 6/5/12

Empire State beat Durham 12-8:
The Yankees wasted little time taking the lead, as Kevin Russo started the game with a single to right.  He moved to second on a wild pitch and Corban Joseph drew a walk.  Jack Cust doubled in Russo and Russell Branyan followed with a walk to load the bases.  Francisco Cervelli took a free pass, pushing Joseph across the plate.  Cust scored on a sac fly from Brandon Laird and Empire State held a 3-0 lead.  Russo doubled in the top of the second, scoring on a single from Ronnier Mustelier.  Cervelli singled in the third and stole second.  Colin Curtis grounded a single to short, putting runners on the corners.  A single from Ramiro Pena brought Cervelli home.  Curtis stole third and then scored on a wild pitch, giving the Yankees a 6-0 lead.  Durham finally put together a rally in the bottom of the third.  Shawn O’Malley drew a walk and Henry Wrigly doubled.  Leslie Anderson followed with a homer, cutting Empire State’s lead in half.  The Bulls added two runs in the bottom of the fifth, trailing the Yankees by just one run.  Empire State battled back, as Corban Joseph started the sixth with a walk.  Mustelier grounded into a force out at second and Jack Cust walked.  Russell Branyan then hit a homer to right center, giving the Yankees a 9-5 lead.  Durham responded with three runs of their own, once again trailing Empire State by a run.  Mustellier started the eighth with a single and Cust walked again before another homer from Branyan put the Yankees ahead 12-8, a score they held to the end.

Russo went 2-4 with two rusn scored, a double and two walks.  Branyan went 2-4 with a pair of homers and six RBIs.  Mustelier, Curtis and Pena each had two hits in the game.  D.J. Mitchell went 5.2 innings and gave up eight runs on twelve hits.  He walked one and struck out two.

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