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: 6/10/12

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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The Farm Report 6/6/12

Mustelier went 3-5 with a run scored, a double and a RBI.  He is hitting .320 since getting called up at the start of last month.  Branyan went 2-3 with two runs scored, a homer, two RBIs and two walks.  Laird and Cust both went 2-5 with a double and a run scored.  Ramon Ortiz took the win, going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits, a walk and two Ks.

Trenton beat Erie 7-4:
Erie had a chance to score first, with a couple hits in the second, but they came up empty.  Addison Maruszak got things going in the third with a double.  Shane Brown laid down a sac bunt and Abraham Almonte singled Maruszak home.  Jose Pirela grounded a single to left and the two base runners pulled of a double steal.  Cody Johnson drew a walk, loading the bases and Melky Mesa reached on catcher interference, plating Abraham and giving the Thunder a 2-0 lead.  …

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Looking at the Yankees’ 2012 Draft class

Round 2 (89): Austin Aune
DOB: September 6, 1993
Position: OF
B/T: L/R
Ht: 6’0
Wt: 185
School: Argyle HS (TX)

Aune has been touted as a potential five-tool player.  He has some serious power potential and while he’s shown some strong defense in the infield, it appears that Aune is destined for center field.  He is still quite raw, but his speed, arm and bat may make him a fun prospect to watch over the next few years.  Aune had committed to play QB for the Texas Christian University football team, in addition to continuing to play baseball.  In fact, he had already arrived at the school for football workouts and summer classes.  Since getting the Yankees’ call, however, Aune has packed his bags and will be getting ready for his first taste of professional ball shortly.

Round 2 (94): Peter O’Brien
July 15, 1990
Position: C
B/T: R/R
Ht: 6’4
Wt: 225
School: Miami (FL)

Drafted in the third round by the Rockies in 2011, O’Brien transferred to Miami for his senior season.  …

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The Farm Report: 6/5/12

Trenton got blanked by Erie 5-0:
The Thunder had few chances early in the game, as Erie jumped out to a lead in the third thanks to a double from Niuman Romero.  Rawley Bishop knocked a solo homer in the fourth and the SeaWolves added another run in the fifth, giving them a 4-0 lead.  Erie added another run in the eighth, but it was more than enough as Trenton failed to put up any fight and took a 5-0 loss.  Jose Pirela went 2-4 and Zoilo Almonte and Jeffrey Farnham each had a hit to round out the Trenton offense.  Brett Marshall went six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits, two walks and four Ks.

Tampa’s game was postponed.

Charleston beat Hickory 10-3:
Cito Culver started the bottom of the first with a single to left.  Tyler Austin, Gary Sanchez and Dante Bichette each followed with singles, plating Culver and loading the bases.  Austin scored when Angelo Gumbs hit into a force out at second.  …

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MLB 2012 Rule IV Draft: Day 2

(12:53) The Yankees have another pick coming up momentarily.  They got two Second Round picks because Sam Stafford did not sign last year.

(12:56) Some more on Aune.  He has played shortstop and has a strong arm and some decent range, but scouts view him as a center fielder.  Aune has plus potential power and a pretty big upside if the Yankees can sign him.

(12:58) This should get some interesting discussion – the Yankees use pick #94 to draft Miami catcher Peter O’Brien.

(1:00) O’Brien was drafted by the Rockies last year in the second round.  He’s another offensive minded catcher (I think the Yankees have a couple of those), who may be a bit big for the position at 6’4″ and 225 lbs.  Opting for another year in college, O’Brien shouldn’t be hard to sign.  It sounds like he is a capable catcher as well, with a strong arm and decent agility for a big guy.  BA had him ranked #69, so perhaps the Yankees just grabbed him because he was still around.…

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Getting to know Yankees’ first round pick Ty Hensley

The young hurler clearly has plenty of power, with a fastball in the mid-90s that has touched 97.  Despite that, his power curveball may be his best weapon, rating as a plus pitch.  He had an incredible 111 strikeouts through 55.1 innings this season. He throws hard but his command needs to improve and he is going to need another strong pitch if he wants to start.

Pitching and size are not the only things Hensley brings to the table, however.  He is a switch hitter who actually can do a lot of damage at the plate.   He hit ten homers this season and drove in 42 runs, while picking up the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year for Oklahoma.  In fact, Hensley’s twitter profile uses a picture of him at the plate instead of pitching. Scouts have noted Hensley’s work ethic and makeup as other positives, in addition to his ability to speak Spanish.  Baseball America has this video of Hensley both on the mound and at (both sides of) the plate.

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