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.

Author Archives: Tamar Chalker

A Quick Look at Dante Bichette, Jr.

At twelve years old, Bichette, Jr was making headlines in the 2005 Little League World Series, and he has not slowed down since.  Interestingly, Bichette could easily have chosen another sport for his future, but it is not football or basketball like you might typically expect.  Instead, it was tennis that seemed to be Bichette’s calling.  At fourteen he was ranked in the top 100 for 18 and under in the United States Tennis Association. Still, his first love was baseball and he chose to pursue it instead.

Bichette comes out of Orangewood Christian High School in Florida, where he has played shortstop and third.  He has been named All-Central Florida Player of the Year twice now and had ten homers and 40 RBIs this season.  He hits for average, but has more power than his father.  Bichette’s got great bat speed, but his mechanics will need to be adjusted.  He appears to have learned some of his father’s hitting techniques. …

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The 2011 MLB Rule 4 Draft

(7:04 P.M.) The Pirates are officially on the clock.

(7:16) First two picks in and we’ve already got a surprise. Gerrit Cole did indeed go first overall to Pittsburgh, and Seattle then surprised everyone by taking Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen 2nd overall.

(7:19) Arizona takes Trevor Bauer of UCLA 3rd overall.

(7:25) The Orioles take Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy.

(7:27) Was it me or was Gerrit Cole’s explanation of why he didn’t go with the Yankees before a bit lame?  He said it wasn’t his time and then rambled a bit.  It seemed like even he didn’t know why he didn’t at least listen to an offer.  (Tamar)

(7:32) The first position player is off the board, as the Royals have selected high school outfielder Bubba Starling. This could be the first difficult sign of the draft too, as Starling could be headed to the University of Nebraska to play football. (Brien)

(7:37) Anthony Rendon, who many projected to go second, is now off the board as the Washington Nationals take the Rice third baseman.  …

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The Farm Report 6/6/11

On Friday, the Toledo Mud Hens arrived for a four game set in Scranton.  Former Yankee, Phil Coke, was starting for Toledo on a rehab assignment.  Toledo scored a couple runs in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3.  Kevin Russo hit a leadoff triple in the ninth.  Toledo issued intentional walks to both Jesus Montero and Jorge Vazquez, each of whom had two hits already.  Brandon Laird then blooped a single to bring Russo home and give Scranton took the 4-3 walk-off victory.  Laird went 3-4 with a RBI and a run scored.

Scranton dropped the next game 7-3.  Adam Warren gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings.  Ramon Flores gave up a pair of runs in his two innings of relief and Kanekoa Texeira did the same in his inning of work.

The Yankees won another close game on Sunday, taking a 3-2 victory over Toledo and giving them a chance at a series win today. …

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Game 57: Yankees 5, Angels 3

The lead did not last long, however, as Bartolo Colon got into some trouble in the bottom of the inning. Mark Trumbo lead off with a solo homer, getting the Angels on the board.  Hank Conger followed with a double and moved to third on a single by Peter Bourjos.  With runners on the corners and no outs, Maicer Izturis hit a sac fly to right.  Colon got the next hitter out before intentionally walking Bobby Abreu.  Abreu stole second, but Cano made an incredible play on a grounder up the middle by Torii Hunter, barehanding it and slinging it to first to end the inning.  Meanwhile, the Pinstripes’ lead was lost as the score sat tied 2-2.

The Yankees put together a two out rally in the fifth.  Curtis Granderson worked a walk and Teixeira crushed another ball over Hunter’s head for his second homer of the game.  Izturis doubled in the bottom of the inning and scored on a line drive single by Erick Aybar, as the Yankees held a 4-3 edge.…

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Game 54: Yankees 4, Athletics 2

The score stayed the same until the top of the fourth, when the Bombers broke through again.  Rodriguez led off with a single, when Conor Jackson knocked the ball down but couldn’t make a play. Robinson Cano worked a walk and Nick Swisher crushed a homerun to left, putting the Yankees out front 4-2.

Coco Crisp knocked a triple to right in the bottom of the fifth, but Oakland couldn’t get him home. Joba Chamberlain relieved Burnett in the eighth, giving up back-to-back singles to Crisp and DeJesus.  Jackson then lined one back at Chamberlain, who started the inning ending double play. Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, picking up the save as the Yankees took a 4-2 victory and swept the Oakland A’s.

Bronx Cheers: Curtis Granderson: Grandy went 0-5, striking out twice and stranding three runners.

The Bottom Third of the Lineup: Russell Martin, Andruw Jones and Eduardo Nunez combined to go 0-9, picking up two walks and two strikeouts. …

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The Farm Report: Looking Back at May

The most advanced part of the “Killer Bs,” Andrew Brackman (SP), has not had a good year in AAA and May was particularly ugly.  He went 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA.  He continues to strike batters out, picking up 20 Ks (36 on the season), but is struggling with walks, allowing 21 bases on balls (33 overall).  David Phelps (SP) had a strong May, going 3-1 with a 2.87 ERA.  He walked just seven and struck out 28.  Perhaps one of the most notable performers of May, however, is Carlos Silva (SP) who can opt-out of his contract in mid-June.  With Nova struggling, is it possible the veteran will make some starts in the Bronx?  His first three starts in Scranton were solid.  He has a 3.44 ERA over 18.1 innings pitched.  He walked four, struck out eight and is holding batters to a .235 average.

Trenton Thunder (AA): Trenton had a strong May.  They went 21-8, thanks in part to a nine game win streak. …

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Game 53: Yankees 10, Athletics 3

The A’s got the run back in the bottom of the inning, however.  Kevin Kouzmanoff drove a single to left, but Brett Gardner threw him out at second.  A triple to right put Andy LaRoche on third, and he scored on a liner by David DeJesus, putting Oakland on the board.

Nick Swisher singled in the fourth and moved to third on a single by Andruw Jones.  With Gardner at bat, Swisher got picked off when Gardner failed to lay down a bunt.  Jones moved to second and Gardner was hit by a pitch.  Jeter singled up the middle, loading the bases.  Granderson singled, plating Jones and Gardner, giving the Yankees a 5-1 edge.

Rodriguez got the Bombers’ offense moving in the fifth, with a leadoff single to left. Robinson Cano followed with a monster homer to right center, and New York held a 7-1 lead.  Oakland got a couple runs back in the bottom of the inning, however. …

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