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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Looking back at the 2011 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees

Curtain Calls:
Jordan Parraz (RF):Parraz put together a strong 2011, hitting .289/.362/.440/.802.  He had nine homers, six triples and 28 doubles, scoring 66 runs and knocking in 52 RBIs.

Jesus Montero (C): Yankees fans focused on Montero a lot, and he showed why in the Bronx this September.  Still, he spent most of 2011 in Scranton and put together strong numbers once again.  He hit .288/.348/.468/.814.  Montero crushed eighteen homers, one triple and nineteen doubles.  His defense continues to bring questions, and the fact that he saw little time behind the plate in the Bronx has resurfaced a lot of these concerns.

Jorge Vazquez (1B/DH): While it became abundantly clear that Vazquez is unlikely to get a taste of the pros in New York, he turned a lot of heads in Scranton this season.  He hit .262/.314/.516/.830.  Vazquez hit a league-leading 32 homers and was second with 93 RBIs.

D.J. Mitchell (SP): Mitchell went 13-9 in 24 starts and 28 appearances. …

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Looking Back at the 2011 Trenton Thunder

Though the Thunder had two of the most dynamic pitching prospects in the Yankees farm system, their pitching as a whole was lackluster.  They consistently ranked fourth from the bottom in most pitching categories, where they had a combined ERA of 4.04, WHIP of 1.43, 1001 strikeouts and 472 walks.  They recorded just two shutouts, the least of any of the EL teams.

Curtain Calls:
Raymond Kruml (3B): Kruml led the Thunder with a line of .290/.335/.387/.722.  He led the team with 37 stolen bases, getting caught eleven times.  Despite a strong offensive performance, he needs to improve his plate discipline.  He struck out 107 times and walked just 31 times.  He knocked five homers, eight triples and thirteen doubles, scoring 70 runs and driving in 35.

Austin Romine (C): Romine got his first hacks in he majors in October, but before that he worked hard in Trenton, hitting .286/.351/.378/.729 with 47 RBIs and 43 runs scored.  He hit six homers and thirteen doubles.…

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ALDS Game Five: Tigers 3, Yankees 2

Nova looked shaky during the first two innings of the game, and Girardi sent Phil Hughes out to start the third.  Later in the game he said it was because Nova had “tightened up.”  Meanwhile, the Yankees struggled to find their offense against Doug Fister.  In the bottom of the third, Brett Gardner lined a single to center, giving the Yankees some life.  Curtis Granderson worked a walk and Robinson Cano battled through a long at bat, fouling off four pitches before flying out to center to end the inning.

Hughes got Martinez to pop out to start the fourth, but gave up a single to Magglio Ordonez.  Girardi once again went to the bullpen, calling on Boone Logan who promptly gave up a single to Alex Avila, who had been 0-12.  Logan came back to get Jhonny Peralta to fly out and struck out Ramon Santiago to end the inning with the Tigers still holding a 2-0 lead.…

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ALDS Game Four: Yankees 10, Tigers 1

Burnett pitched a quick 1-2-3 second inning and the Yankees rallied in the top of the third.  Jorge Posada was the Yankees first base runner, when he was hit by a pitch.  Russell Martin got the first hit of the night, singling a grounder up the middle.  Brett Gardner fouled off a bunt before striking out, but Derek Jeter came through, doubling to center as Posada scored and Martin just beat the tag at the plate to give the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.

The Tigers rallied in the bottom of the fourth.  Martinez started the inning with a solo homer.  Burnett got Don Kelly to ground out, but Jhonny Peralta followed with a double down the left field line.  Burnett, however, responded with back-to-back strikeouts and the Yankees held a 2-1 edge over Detroit.

New York wasted little time in extending their lead in the top of the fifth.  Martin led off with a single to center and Gardner followed with a line drive to left. …

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