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.

The Farm Report: 08/21/11 – Quiet day in the Minors

Not a lot of action in the minors today, as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was scoreless when it was suspended in the top of the third.  Trenton trailed Bowie 4-2 when it was suspended in the top of the fifth.  The GCL Yankees had the day off.

Tampa shutout Brevard Country 6-0:
The Yankees broke the game open in the top of the second.  Ronnier Mustelier singled to left and Luke Murton followed with a walk.  Rob Segedin singled to left and Neil Medchill plated the first run of the game with a line drive to left.  Tyson Blaser grounded out to short, allowing Murton to score.  Abraham Almonte grounded a single to right, scoring Segedin and Medchill for a 4-0 lead.  Murton doubled to start the sixth inning and Segedin followed with a homer, as the Yankees won 6-0.   Segedin went 2-4 with two runs scored, a homer and two RBIs.  Almonte went 2-5 with two RBIs.  Jose Quintana threw six scoreless innings against the Manatees.  He allowed four hits and a walk, while picking up five Ks.

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The Farm Report: 08/19/11

Scranton lost 7-4 to Durham:
The Bulls scored a run in the top of the first, but Scranton took the lead in the bottom of the inning.  Chris Dickerson singled to left and Dog Bernier followed with a double.  Mike Lamb then drove a three-run homer over the wall in right putting the Yankees up 3-1.  Durham tied the game in the bottom of the second, but a solo homer by Luis Nunez gave the Yankees the lead again.  Once again, the Bulls tied the game with a run in the third, but they plated two in the fourth for the lead.  The Yankees were unable to put together another rally as they lost 7-4.   Lamb went 2-4 with a run scored and three RBIs.  David Phelps did not last long, going only 2.2 innings and giving up four runs on five hits and three walks.

Trenton was rained out.

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Prospect Profile: Mason Williams

While I have mostly focused on higher-level prospects thus far, there is one name that continually makes it into the Farm Reports this season.  Mason Williams has put together a really strong 2011 season in Staten Island and he has made quite an impact.  A few years down the road, it may not be surprising to see another Williams patrolling centerfield in the Bronx.

Mason Williams
Ht: 6-1
Wt: 165
Position: Outfield
Bats/Throws: L/R
Date of Birth: August 21, 1991
Birthplace: Winter Garden, FL

Background:
Williams was the Yankees’ fourth round draft pick in 2010, but they signed him for a hefty deal at $1.45M.  The son of former Patriots wide receiver Derwin Williams, he grew up in Pawtucket before graduating from West Orange High School in Florida.   He had signed a letter of intent to South Carolina and was seen as someone who would be hard to sign, which was why he dropped to the fourth round.

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Game 122: Yankees 8, Twins 4

After a frustrating loss on Wednesday, the Yankees started Thursday’s game with some more head-scratching plays.  In what was another strange game that saw some big homers and lots of Yankee hits careen off Twins gloves, the Bombers came through with an 8-4 victory.

Trevor Plouffe got Minnesota’s first hit, singling to center, however, Curtis Granderson fielded the ball and threw him out trying to get to second.  Joe Mauer lined a single to left and Justin Morneau hit a long fly ball to right, which was initially called a homerun.  The play was reviewed and unlike Wednesday night, the umpiring crew called the ball back.  Ron Gardenhire was not thrilled with the call and came out to argue, getting tossed from the game.  Morneau struck out, and Sabathia escaped the inning without giving up a run.

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The Farm Report: 08/18/11 – Betances puts together a nice first start in a loss for Scranton

Scranton lost to Durham 5-1:
Durham took a 2-0 lead in the second, which would be more than enough to win.  Tim Beckham homered in the top of the third to give the Bulls a 3-0 edge and they added two more runs in the top of the eighth.  The Yankees had few chances and tried to rally in the ninth.  Chris Dickerson worked a walk and moved to third when Jesus Montero reached on an error.  Jorge Vazquez singled to left, plating the Yankees lone run of the game as they lost 5-1.  Vazquez went 2-4 with a RBI, while Dickerson was 1-3 with a run scored.  Dellin Betances made his first start in Triple-A and went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  He didn’t issue a walk and struck out eight.

Trenton beat Erie 5-2:
Jose Gil put the first run on the board with a solo homer to start the third.  Addison Maruszak followed with a triple and scored when Raymond Kruml reached on a fielder’s choice.  Austin Romine singled Kruml to third and Robert Lyerly drove him in for a 3-0 Thunder lead.  Erie came back in the bottom of the fourth, scoring twice and making it a 3-2 game.  Back-to-back doubles by Maruszak and Austin Krum gave Trenton another run in the fifth.  Krum hit a solo homer in the seventh, and the Thunder took a 5-2 victory.  Krum went 2-5 with a double, a homer and two RBIs.  Lyerly went 2-4 with a RBI and Maruszak was 2-4 with two runs scored, a double and a triple.  Craig Heyer went eight innings and scattered nine hits for just two runs.  He struck out five.

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Game 121: Yankees 4, Royals 5

The Yankees entered Wednesday’s game looking for a sweep and had plenty of opportunities early in the game to run up the score.  The Royals used a big third inning to take the lead.  New York rallied in the ninth, but fell short as Kansas City won 5-4.

Derek Jeter led off with a single to left, but got picked off by Bruce ChenCurtis Granderson followed with a solo homer on the next pitch, giving New York the lead.  Robinson Cano singled to left and Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones worked back-to-back walks to load the bases.  Russell Martin, however, hit an easy fly ball to right, ending the Yankees’ threat, as they led 1-0.

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Finishing up the 2011 Draft

It seems like only yesterday Brien and I were live blogging the 2011 Draft, but time flies and the signing period has passed.  As expected, the Yankees spent lots of money on their draft picks, routinely going over slot.  Some players have already started their professional careers after signing quickly, while others have just signed and are heading to Florida.  Here is information about the fates of the first ten picks the Yankees made, along with some notes about the rest of the signings.

Dante Bichette, Jr. (OF/3B): The Yankees’ sandwich round draft pick signed almost immediately for a slightly over slot bonus of $750,000. He headed to Tampa quickly (not that the Florida native had far to go) and has already put together a line of .344/.458/.519/.976 in 43 games with the GCL Yankees.  He’s got three homers, three triples and thirteen doubles while showing a knack for drawing walks.  Obviously, it is only rookie ball and the strong numbers so far may not translate into a strong Major League career, but Bichette has quieted some of his doubters for now.

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Game 120: Yankees 9, Royals 7

New York opened their series in Kansas City with a win, but the Royals took the early lead on Tuesday.  The Yankees battled back and in the end, they won a seesaw battle 9-7, landing them back in sole possession of first place in the AL East.

Ivan Nova got two quick outs to start the bottom of the first, but got into some trouble afterwards.  Billy Butler singled to center and Eric Hosmer followed with a RBI double.  Jeff Francoeur grounded a single up the middle, plating another run for the Royals and giving them an early 2-0 lead.

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The Farm Report: 08/16/11 – Winless day on the farm.

Scranton was blanked 2-0 by Durham:
Matt Carson broke put up the first run of the game with a leadoff solo homer in the top of the third.  John Jaso reached in the fourth, on an error by Chris Dickerson, and scored on a double by Dan Johnson.  Scranton was unable to score, despite outhitting the Bulls 6-5.  Jordan Parraz was the only Yankee to pick up multiple hits, going 2-4 with a double.  Adam Warren went five innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out eight hitters in the Scranton 2-0 loss.  D.J. Mitchell pitched a perfect inning in relief. Oh yeah, and some guy named Alex Rodriguez went 1-3 with a single.

Trenton lost their first game of a doubleheader against Erie 6-0:
The Thunder put together almost no offense against Erie, who took a 3-0 lead in the third.  They added a couple more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, taking a 6-0 win in the seven-inning game.  Austin Romine, fresh off the DL, went 1-2 and picked up a walk.  Shaffer Hall went five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks.

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