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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Prospect Profile: David Phelps

Phelps started his first full professional season in Charleston and didn’t miss a beat, going 10-3 with a 2.80 ERA in nineteen starts and 112.2 innings.  He allowed just 25 walks and struck out 90 batters before being promoted to Tampa.  Phelps was even more impressive in Tampa, where he had a 1.17 ERA in seven games.

Instead of starting 2010 back in Tampa, the Yankees put Phelps in Trenton, bumping him up to Scranton partway through the season after he went 6-0 with a 2.04 ERA and his highest K/9 thus far of 8.6. His numbers came down a bit in Scranton, but Phelps still put in a strong showing.

2011 gave Phelps his first professional hurdle, as he struggled right away and then missed some time due to shoulder tendonitis.  He was invited to the big league Spring Training camp and put too much pressure on himself, which resulted in a poor showing.  It continued into his first couple starts, but eventually he was able to put it all back together and ended the season throwing 107.1 innings in Scranton with a 3.19 ERA, continuing to keep his walks low (26) and strike out batters (90). …

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Prospect Profile: Zoilo Almonte

As he has moved up the ladder, Almonte has often taken some time to adjust to the next level, but he continually shows flashes of his potential.  In 2010, the outfielder began the season with the Charleston RiverDogs where he hit .274/.355/.440 in 58 games.  His performance earned him SAL Mid-Season All-Star honors and a promotion to the Yankees’ High-A affiliate in Tampa, where he put up decent numbers but seemed to be missing some of his power.

Almonte started 2011 back in Tampa, where he seemed to make the adjustment and hit .293/.368/.514 in seventy games.  Not only did his power numbers return, but Almonte showed good patience at the plate, working 31 walks and driving in a career best 54 RBIs before heading up to Trenton.  Once again, Almonte’s numbers dipped when he arrived in Trenton, but if his trend continues he should bounce back when the season starts.

While the young outfielder shows great potential on both sides of the field, he is prone to inconsistencies, often taking some time to adjust to each new level as he works his way through the Minors. …

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Rule 5 Draft and Minor League Notes

The Royals used the fifth pick of the draft to take Cesar Cabral from the Red Sox, before sending him to the Yankees for cash considerations.  Cabral is a left-handed reliever who the Yankee hope to put behind Boone Logan.  Cabral made 36 relief appearances in Class A and Double-A last season.  The Rays took him in the the Rule 5 Draft last year, but returned him to Boston.

A few other notes:

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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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