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 Adams

It looked like Adams would continue his march towards the Bronx in 2010 when he started in Trenton.  He appeared in 39 games and hit .309/.393/.507 before his injury ended his season.  Adams, who has been one of the top infield prospects since high school, was supposedly part of ill-fated deal with the Mariners that would have put Cliff Lee in the Bronx.  When the physicals were done, however, the Mariners did not like what they saw in Adams ankle and the deal was dead.

Adams would continue to be frustrated during the 2011 season, as slowly continued to rehab his ankle.  He saw time in Tampa early on in the season, but was did not appear ready to play.  He ended the season having appeared in 29 games between the GCL Yankees and Tampa, and while he was able to put together some really strong numbers, it was clear that Adams was still hurting.  He hit a combined .370, but had only one home run and twelve doubles. …

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Minor League Preview: Charleston RiverDogs

As exciting as their offense looks, the RiverDogs should have some good pitching this season as well.  Jose Campos should start the year in Charleston, after playing for Short Season Everett last season, in the Seattle Mariner’s system.  While he was not the centerpiece of the Jesus Montero trade, Campos is not a player to sleep on.  Bryan Mitchell should also see time in Charleston this season.  If he can continue to work on some consistent mechanics, he could be a huge boost for the team.

Who to Watch With the Bronx In Mind:
Gary Sanchez: It seemed a bit surprising when it was announced that Sanchez would start the year in Charleston, but it will be good for the young catcher.  He struggled early in 2011, going back to extended Spring Training, and was given a hard time for some attitude issues. He was still pretty young so I personally don’t worry too much about those maturity issues, though I do not want to see them reappear this year.  …

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Minor League Preview: Tampa Yankees

Pitching will continue to be the main question for the Yankees.  Jose Quintana gave Tampa a strong 2011, going 10-2 over twelve starts and thirty appearances with a 2.91 ERA.  He signed with the White Sox during the offseason, however, so someone will need to step up and fill those shoes.  Solid pitching prospects Nik Turley and Mark Montgomery should provide some help on the mound for Tampa.  If they can put together some decent pitching, the Yankees could contend for another FSL Championship.

Who to Watch with the Bronx in Mind:
Slade Heathcott: All eyes will be on the Yankees’ 2009 First Round Draft pick, once he returns to action.  It is likely, the toolsy outfielder will be out until some time in June after suffering a shoulder injury last season.  Heathcotts troubles both on and off the field have been well-documented, however, he’s still young and has all kinds of talent.  How he bounces back from this injury will show us whether he will continue on his fast track towards the majors.…

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Minor League Preview: Trenton Thunder

Who to Watch with the Bronx in Mind:
Zoilo Almonte: Almonte made quite a splash in Spring Training, before being assigned to Trenton.  He had a strong stint with Tampa to start 2011, but struggled to find his stroke when he was promoted.  Almonte has become notorious for needing some time to adjust when he moves up a level, but that should be behind him when he starts this season.   If so, he should provide a big spark for the Thunder offense, especially with his reputation as someone who can come through in clutch situations.

Graham Stoneburner: Stoneburner had steadily moved up the ladder but experienced his first major hurdle last season.  He injured his neck in April and found himself on the DL for a good portion of the season.  When he came back he did not have his best stuff, but he seems to be past the injury and should return to form, which will give the Thunder a strong arm in their rotation.…

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Minor League Preview: Empire State Yankees

Even before Andy Pettitte decided to return we were hearing about the Yankees’ wealth of pitching.  Empire State benefits most from this, as their starting rotation will look much as it did at the end of last season.  Adam Warren, D.J. Mitchell and David Phelps all have a full season of Triple-A service, while the remaining Killer B’s, Dellin Betances and Manuel Banuelos have part of a season.  With Kevin Whelan and Eric Wordekemper in the bullpen, the Yankees will be hard on International League batters.  The Yankees offense may be its biggest question mark as the season begins.  They lost their biggest bat, but Justin Maxwell and Jorge Vazquez showed they could provide some good power for them last season.

Of course, the Yankees may already be working at a big disadvantage this season.  While PNC Field undergoes renovations, they are virtually homeless this year, playing their “home” games in various parks of other Triple-A teams.  We will have to wait and see whether a nomadic season will affect their success, but there is good news for the Yankees.  …

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