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

Charleston lost to Augusta 9-1:
Augusta jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, adding another run in the third.  It was their big fourth inning that appeared to bury the RiverDogs, as the GreenJackets scored four runs.  With a 9-0 deficit in the eighth, Charleston finally got on the board.  Michael Ferraro singled with two outs and moved to third on a line drive by Jeffrey Farnham.  A wild pitch allowed the RiverDogs’ lone run to score as they fell 9-1.  Farnham went 2-3 with a double.  Shane Brown went 2-4.  Mike Gipson got shelled, giving up six runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings.

Staten Island blew Lowell away 16-1:
Tyler Austin doubled to start the second, moving to third on a groundout by Cito Culver and scoring on a sac fly from Reymond Nunez for the first run of the game.  The score stayed close through four innings, but the Yankees’ bats woke up in the fifth.  …

The Farm Report: 08/19/11

Tampa beat Brevard County 5-3:
Brevard County jumped out to a quick lead in the first inning, as they plated three runs.  Tampa got one run back in the seond when Ronnier Mustelier reached on a throwing error and moved to third on a double by Deangelo Mack.  Rob Segedin grounded out, but Mustelier scored for the Yankees’ first run.  The score stayed 3-1 until the Yankees rallied in the top of the seventh.  Mack singled and moved to third when Cody Johnson lined one to center.  Mitch Abeita homered, putting the Yankees ahead 4-3.  A RBI double by Kyle Roller in the eighth gave Tampa some insurance, as they won 5-3.  Mack went 2-4 with a run scored and a double.  Abeita went 1-4 with the game-winning three run homer.

Charleston managed to take a 1-0 win over Augusta:
Taylor Grote singled to right in the top of the second and moved to second when Anderson Feliz lined one to right.  …

Prospect Profile: Mason Williams

Coming out of West Orange, the athletic outfielder had hit .450 with an .813 average.  He hit six homers for the Warriors as well as pitching.  However, it is his speed and defense that immediately caught New York’s eye, drawing comparisons with another speedy outfielder, Brett Gardner.

Williams signed late, meaning he saw limited action in the Gulf Coast League in 2010. The Yankees immediately started to work on his bat, changing his stance and plate discipline.  In his eighteen games with the GCL Yankees, Williams went .222/.263/.222/.485.

The Yankees seem content on taking their time to develop the young outfielder, who turns twenty this weekend.  He has spent all of the 2011 season with the Staten Island Yankees and so far he has shown why he was given such a big bonus.  He is hitting .358/.400/.498/.898 over 54 games.  He has nine doubles, six triples and three homers and has stolen 21 stolen bases, getting caught eleven times.  Known for his fielding ability, the outfielder has two errors all season.…

Game 122: Yankees 8, Twins 4

The Yankees were the first to score, breaking through in the top of the second.  Eduardo Nunez singled to right and moved to third on a grounder by Francisco Cervelli that got past Twins’ shortstop Tsuyoshi NishiokaBrett Gardner hit a sac fly to right, scoring Nunez and giving the Bombers a 1-0 lead.

Minnesota came right back in the bottom of the inning.  Jim Thome worked a walk and Danny Valencia lined a double to left.  Sabathia struck out Rene Tosoni for the first out of the inning, but Nishioka singled to center, plating Thome.  Drew Butera hit into a force out at second, but Valencia scored and the Twins took a 2-1 edge.

Granderson started the third inning with a triple to left.  Mark Teixeira then drove a bomb into the second deck in left, putting the Pinstripes back in front 3-2.

The Bombers added to their lead in the fifth as Teixeira started the inning with a double to left. …

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

Tampa won one game of their doubleheader against Lakeland 7-2, while the other game was postponed:
Lakeland took the lead in the second on a two-run homer by Avisail Garcia.  They held that lead through four, but the Yankees tied it up in the fifth.  Mitch Abeita doubled to right and scored on a triple by Abraham Almonte.  Walter Ibarra followed with a RBI single.  The Yankee used a big sixth inning to take the lead and secure a victory.  Ronnier Mustelier doubled to right and moved to third on a sac bunt.  Luke Murton drew a walk and Abeita singled, plating Mustelier.  Kelvin Castro singled to center, scoring a run and Almonte walked to load the bases.  Ibarra cleared the bases with a triple and the Yankees took a 7-2 win over Lakeland.  Ibarra went 3-4 with a triple and four RBIs.  Almonte went 2-3 with two runs scored, a triple and a RBI.  Abeita also went 2-3 with two runs scored, a double and a RBI.…

Game 121: Yankees 4, Royals 5

Granderson started the third inning with a double to right.  He moved to third when Cano grounded out for the second out of the inning and scored on a single by Swisher.  Jones was hit by a pitch, but once again Martin couldn’t keep the rally going, striking out with the Yankees ahead 2-0.

Bartolo Colon had looked good in the first couple innings, but struggled in the bottom of the third.  Mike Moustakas doubled, beginning the Royals’ rally.  Alcides Escobar followed with a single, putting runners on the corners.  Alex Gordon then homered to center, giving Kansas City their first lead of the evening.  A couple batters later, Billy Butler drove the ball to left center.  The ball bounced off the top of the wall and back onto the field clearly staying in play, however, the umpires called it a homer.  The way the wall is constructed there can be a bit confusing, but according to park rules the ball was not a homer. …

Finishing up the 2011 Draft

Sam Stafford (P): The Yankees did not sign their second round draft pick. The hard-throwing hurler for the University of Texas was rumored to have made a deal with the Yankees, but after further review of his medicals New York found a red flag and offered just $200,000.  The Yankees will get a compensation pick next year for not signing Stafford.  Texas will be happy to have him back next season.

Jordan Cote (P): The Yankees’ third round pick is a 6’6, 215 pound hurler from New Hampshire who signed with the Yankees at the deadline with a $725,000 bonus. As I’ve said before, I’m intrigued by this pick as Cote is one of the other few Yankee fans residing in New Hampshire, but he has a lot to be excited about.  Cote is coming out of high school and is a tall, athletic guy who the Yankees view as a relatively blank slate when it comes to pitching.  He will be an interesting guy to watch develop, especially once he starts throwing in some warm weather.…

Game 120: Yankees 9, Royals 7

The Yankees’ offense came back in the top of the third.  Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch and Mark Teixeira worked a walk.  Robinson Cano lined a single to left pushing Granderson across the plate.  Nick Swisher walked, loading the bases and Russell Martin drove a two-out single to left to score two more Yankee runs for a 3-2 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead was short-lived.  Nova struggled in the bottom of the inning.  Alcides Escobar tripled to left and scored on a groundout by Alex GordonMelky Cabrera hit a solo homer to right and the Royals were back in front.  Butler singled to left and moved to second on a wild pitch.  Francoeur put a double just out of Granderson’s reach in center, and the Royals took a 5-3 lead.

Brett Gardner led off the top of the fourth inning with a bunt single.  Derek Jeter followed by lining a double to left, plating Gardner.  Granderson laid down a sac bunt, but was safe at first putting runners on the corners.  …

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

Trenton dropped their second game against Erie 8-2:
Erie took a two run lead on a homer by Rawley Bishop in the first.  They doubled their score with two more runs in the third, but Trenton finally scored in the top of the fourth.  Raymond Kruml worked a walk and Jose Pirela singled.  A groundout by Corban Joseph moved both runners over and Zoilo Almonte hit a two-run double.  In the end, that was all Trenton could manage as Erie took an 8-2 victory over the Thunder.  Kruml went 1-2 with a run scored, a walk and a triple.  Almonte went 1-3 with a double and two RBIs.


Tampa was crushed 12-5 by Lakeland:
Abraham Almonte gave the Yankees their first baserunner when he reached on an error in the bottom of the first.  He moved to second on a sac bunt ansd scored on a single by Kyle Roller.  Luke Murton and Deangelo Mack singled to load the bases. …