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.

Some Minor League Notes

Some minor league links to note.

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Prospect Profile: David Adams

As Brien mentioned, David Adams is slated to start the season in Trenton. Adams was one of the Yankees’ top prospects, but his road to the majors took a detour when he suffered a particularly nasty fractured ankle in 2010. Adams has worked hard to get back on the field and appeared in some rehab games in the Gulf Coast League and Tampa last season, but 2012 should put the young infielder back on track.

Name: David Adams
Position: 2nd Base
DOB: May 15, 1987
HT: 6’2 WT: 200
B/T: R/R

Background:
The Yankees drafted David Adams in the third round of the 2008 Draft, out of the University of Virginia and he quickly started his professional career. It looked like Adams would sprint through the minor league system and towards the majors, as he started with a strong showing in Staten Island. He started 2009 in Charleston, playing 67 games and hitting .290/.385/.394 before being promoted to Tampa. Interestingly, Adams had not hit a single homer while playing for Charleston, but knocked seven for Tampa as he finished out the season with the Yankees.

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Romine’s Back Still Hurting

Via Chad Jennings, Austin Romine has suffered a setback in his rehab from back inflammation issues. The Yankees’ catching prospect has not played in a Spring Training game and his rehab was proceeding cautiously, but it now appears that he will not be able to start the season with Empire State. Jennings thinks this is why the Yankees claimed Craig Tatum off waivers today. Tatum is a catcher who has no offense but is a solid defender. The most interesting part of this, however, is that Tatum has no options left, so he could be the Yankees backup catcher to start the season. I believe, Francisco Cervelli still has an option left. Continue reading Romine’s Back Still Hurting

Minor League Preview: Charleston RiverDogs

 

It is quite possible that the most exciting minor league affiliate in the Yankees’ system in 2012 will be Charleston.  The RiverDogs will see a lot of the Yankees’ top prospects in action this season, which should help to put a disappointing 2011 campaign behind them.  Charleston struggled from the start last season and injuries to Slade Heathcott and Gary Sanchez sealed their fate.  They were 55-85, ending the season at the bottom of the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division, showing mediocrity on both sides of the field.  Their pitching was not helped by the team’s general defense, as the RiverDogs committed 198 errors.

That is in the past, however, as Charleston is about to host some of the Yankees’ strongest prospects, including a few of 2011’s breakout players.  With Gary Sanchez set to return as the back stop and Dante Bichette, Jr. skipping over Short-Season baseball after his incredible season in the Gulf Coast League, the RiverDogs will have no shortage of offense.  Add in Mason Williams, who saw his stock soar after a great year with Staten Island, Angelo Gumbs, Tyler Austin and Cito Culver and Charleston will have a lot to enjoy in 2012.

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Thursday Afternoon News Roundup

If you didn’t see Baseball America’s organizational talent rankings, they put the Yankees 13th.  They followed up with a ranking of organizations based on the talent they have produced starting in 2008.  They put the Rays in first, which is hard to argue given their farm system has produced David Price, Wade Davis, Jeremy Hellickson and others.  The Yankees came in second, thanks to Ivan Nova, Jesus Montero, Austin Jackson, Brett Gardner and David Robertson, among others.  In case you were wondering, the Red Sox ranked 24th.

Rafael DePaula has finally obtained a visa and can finalize his deal with the Yankees from November 2010.  He will need to pass his physical as well, but this is great news for the Yankees. The Dominican right hander, who will turn 21 this month, was suspended by MLB in 2009 for using a false identity and has been at the Yankees Dominican Academy.  He is a top tier prospect who throws hard and has a nice breaking ball.  Kevin Goldstein would rank DePaula 9th in the Yankees system.

Some notes from Spring Training: Andy Pettitte and Joe Girardi think the unretired lefty could appear in a game before Spring Training ends.  David Phelps was scratched from his scheduled start today because his wife is having a baby.

In non-Yankee related news: Chipper Jones is set to retire after this year.

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Some Triple-A Notes

Just a couple quick tidbits I noticed tonight regarding the Empire State Yankees.  According to Baseball America, there appears to be some concern that PNC Field may not be ready by the 2013 season.  At this point, the Yankees have only made plans for this season, but there is a chance they may spend some more home games on the road in 2013.  The article also points out that what has been often referred to as a “renovation” is much, much more.  Part of the problem seems to be the ongoing discussions between Lackawanna County and SWB Yankess LLC about the sale of the team.  The sale must be completed before ground can be broken on the project.  Apparently, if the Yankees are unable to return to Scranton next April, they will have to come up with a new plan for playing there games, as the International League has said the current situation is “not to be repeated.”  This whole situation just seems to get more convoluted as time goes on.

Jorge Vazquez also made some news, as it is becoming clear that his patience is running out in the minors.  He has said that if he does not get a chance in the majors (and he does not limit it merely to the Yankees) he is ready to play in Japan or Korea.  I don’t blame him.  He has consistently put up some solid power numbers in Triple-A and arguably deserves a chance.  Still, as I said the other day, the Yankees have shown no interest in giving him some time in the Bronx and his limited defensive abilities does not give him the flexibility the Yankees often look for in their bench players. Continue reading Some Triple-A Notes

Minor League Preview: Tampa Yankees

 

In 2009 and 2010, the Tampa Yankees pulled off consecutive Florida State League Championship titles.  They still had a successful year in 2011, but came in second in the North Division of the FSL, as their 37-32 record put them 2.5 games behind the Dunedin Blue Jays.  The Yankees had a solid offense, but it was their inconsistent pitching that kept them out of their third straight championship.

The Yankees should be in for another successful season, as Tampa will be stocked with many exciting young prospects.  On the offensive side, the Yankees will have three players ranked in IIATMS’ top 15 prospects with JR Murphy, Ramon Flores and Slade Heathcott.  They will have a core of players returning, who spent some significant time in Tampa last season.  Players like Rob Segedin, Kyle Roller and Luke Murton should help the Yankees start the season with a powerful offense.

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Minor League Preview: Trenton Thunder

After falling to the Altoona Curve in the 2010 Eastern League Championship, the Thunder had a very disappointing 2011 season.  They ended the year in fourth place in the Eastern Division of the EL, with a 68-73 record.  They struggled on both sides of the field, as Trenton’s hitters led the league in strikeouts and their pitching was mediocre despite two of the Yankees most prized pitching prospects, Manuel Banuelos and Dellin Betances, spending most of the season with the Double-A affiliate.

Unfortunately, Trenton is likely to see some more of the same this year.  The Yankees’ best prospects at this point seem to be primarily in Scranton or the lower levels of the minors and this is evident in the likely Thunder roster.  Pitching may be the hardest hit aspect of the Thunder’s roster, as star prospects Betances and Banuelos and relievers Tim Norton and Ryan Pope will all likely be with Empire State.

Since there is going to be a good deal of overlap between the 2011 and 2012 rosters, the Thunder should see some improvement as some of the younger players continue to develop.  The return of Zoilo Almonte and of David Adams, who suffered a nasty ankle injury, should provide some strong bats for the Thunder lineup.  Outfielder Raymond Kruml will also be a threat at the plate if he returns to Trenton.

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Minor League Preview: Empire State Yankees

The Empire State Yankees will try to turn the page on a rather lackluster 2011 season, as New York’s Triple-A affiliate  ended last year eight games behind Pawtucket in the North Division of the International League.  The Yankees’ 73-69 record kept them out of the playoffs as they showed inconsistencies on both sides of the field.  While Scranton boasted some heavy hitters in 2011, namely Jesus Montero and Jorge Vazquez, they had one of the International League’s lowest on base percentages and had the least amount of walks.  Despite some solid pitching prospects, the Yankees had their fill of mound troubles as well, with Andrew Brackman inexplicably struggling from the beginning of the season.  Brackman and Montero are no longer destined for pinstripes, as the Yankees chose to release the once highly touted Brackman, who then signed with his hometown Cincinnati Reds, and Montero was traded to Seattle for Michael Pineda.  In many ways the roster for Empire State will look very similar to the team they fielded last year, however, that does not mean they are headed for the same mediocre results.

The big league club only appears to have one open roster space, which means Empire State will have largely the same group of prospects that are still in the system.  The main difference will be the new crop of veterans who signed minor league contracts in the hopes of finding their way back to the big leagues.  Sometimes these guys can be a nice asset to Triple-A team (Mike Lamb hit a solid .296/.348/.468 in 53 games in Scranton last year) and other times they seem to flame out magnificently (see Kevin Millwood).  Empire State should be in a good position to build on their 2011 season, as the prospects starting the season already have some solid Triple-A experience under their belts, with a few of them arguably ready for the majors.

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