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"From Phenom to the Farm" is a bi-weekly series presented by Baseball America featuring interviews with former & current professional players that made the jump from high school directly to pro ball, and whose experiences vary across the professional baseball spectrum. Players will chronicle their personal experiences in transitioning from high school graduation directly into the life of a professional baseball player. The competition jump, adjusting to life on their own for the first time, handling money, learning professionalism, and other various aspects that a player encounters on their journey through the farm system. They’ll look back and provide insight on what they could’ve done, if anything, to be more prepared for life as a teenage professional athlete, and their opinions on what organizations should be doing to get the most out of their high school signees. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

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    Dallas Braden On Junior College, Throwing A Perfect Game & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 68:31

    Back to back episodes with pitchers who threw perfect games. Dallas Braden joins the latest episode to discuss playing pro ball in his hometown, tossing the 19th perfect game in MLB history, how much personality you can show as a MiLB player and much more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Philip Humber On throwing A Perfect Game, Being Traded For Johan Santana & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 98:36

    Philip Humber on playing for legendary Rice coach Wayne Graham, being apart of a rotation full of first round picks, struggling with coming back after Tommy John surgery and much more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Alan Zinter On 19 Years In Pro Ball, The Mental Approach To Hitting & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 131:55

    Alan Zinter on spending 19 years in pro ball, working with Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt as a hitting coach, how reading changed his career and much more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Jordan Pacheco On Converting To Catcher, Facing A Young Stephen Strasburg & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 78:41

    Jordan Pacheco on playing college ball in his hometown, winning Mountain West Player of the Year in 2007 and much more. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Ben Grieve On Winning AL Rookie Of The Year, Managing Expectations & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 69:51

    Ben Grieve on growing up the son of a general manager, the expectation that comes with being BA's #1 overall prospect and much more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Jake Lowery On Life As A Prospect, Transitioning To Managing & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 69:15

    Jake Lowery on life in the minor leagues as both a prospect and non-prospect, learning the ropes of managing towards the end of his playing career and more. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Jeff Malm on Transitioning to Pitching, Taking Ownership & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 81:31

    Jeff Malm on his decade in professional baseball, sharing the field with elite talent as a prep, transitioning to pitching as a pro & more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Jacob Turner On His Rapid Rise, How The Game Changed & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 52:15

    Jacob Turner was one of the top draft prospects in his class and made his big league debut at the age of 20. Yet his ascension to the majors came at a time when the game -- especially pitching development -- changed quickly. Turner joins the podcast to discuss his career, what he learned and more. Other topics include...Signing a big league deal and starting his clock at 18.Making his big league debut at 20.Pitcher development changing (and not to his strengths) during his pro career.Lessons learned during a season spent in Korea.Working on his degree while still playing professionally.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Dontrelle Willis Talks Superstardom, Finding His Love For Baseball & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 44:24

    Dontrelle Willis is the latest guest on 'From Phenom to the Farm.' He joins Kyle Bandujo to discuss his rise to the forefront of baseball as an all-star, Rookie of the Year and MLB world champion, as well as how he fought to regain his love for baseball at the end of his career. They also discuss...His famous leg kickDealing with instant popularity as a rookiePitching in the World SeriesFighting injuries, the yipsSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    How Players Navigate Free Agency

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 42:46

    In our over 40 episodes of ‘From Phenom to the Farm' we've talked to former pro ballplayers about the ups and downs of their career, including what can be great, or not-so-great, offseasons. On today's episode we relay clips from a few past interviews of players breaking down their wait for the next Spring Training:Lane Adams on how his agent's assistant led him to making the best decision of his career in free agency. Billy Butler on the difficulty of leaving his longtime team Kansas City. Chad Durbin on the experience of getting non-tendered early in his career, and free agency disappointment later in his career. AJ Achter on what playing in the Arizona Fall League does for a player's confidence. Barry Enright on spending his winter playing in the Mexican Winter League, and how that restored his love for baseball. Cody Decker on getting oversold in free agency, and telling a crushing Spring Training story. Will Venable on hitting free agency perhaps a few years too late. Yonder Alonso on the excruciating wait to find the right team in his first go at free agency. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Gene Larkin On Becoming A World Series Hero

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 65:18

    Our latest guest is Gene Larkin, who tells the story of his pinch-hit walk-off single in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series. They also talk...College baseball in the Ivy League in the 80'sMiLB lifestyle in the 80'sWinning a World Series as a rookieLearning how to be a pinch hitterSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Randall Thompson Founds Dugout Mugs After His Playing Days

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 55:10

    Today's guest is Randall Thompson, the founder of bat mugs company Dugout Mugs. Thompson joins to discuss his career, which included a stint in the Blue Jays organization, and how it led him to found his startup. Other highlights include...Going from being a 3 year JV player to throwing in the 90sLife in the GCL and signing as a NDFABeing his college's mascot and having an odd job of being Spiderman at birthday partiesSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Jack Cleary Embraced The Underdog Role

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 59:45

    Jack Cleary's only year as a starter in high school was his senior season. But he parlayed it into the final scholarship spot at Maryland, where he went on to become a four-year starter in the ACC. On today's episode, Cleary talks...Getting cut from his middle school JV teamCatching on as a walk-on following his senior year of high schoolDiscussing how a program turns into a winning program-Indy ball being "the most fun year of his career"Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    George Iskenderian On What A Good Agent Brings To The Table

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 54:42

    Our latest guest is George Iskenderian, a former Brewers minor leaguer who is now a MLBPA agent. George and Kyle discuss both his playing career and current job, including...Transferring from a top tier program (South Carolina) to junior collegeHow academics factored into where he wanted to play college baseballWhen do you know your team can actually make it to OmahaLife on the "Phantom IL" and when to walk away from playingWhat a good agent brings to the tableSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Justin Seager On Growing Up In A Baseball Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 61:14

    Growing up in the Seager family, you might think Justin Seager had no choice but to be a baseball player. But that wasn't always the case. On our latest pod, Justin talks his path through baseball, his relationship with brothers Kyle and Corey, and so much more. Highlights include...Growing up in a house with two future big league brothersEarning playing time as a walk-on freshmanSitting through NCAA Baseball Selection SundayGoing from walk-on to conference player of the yearTinkering with your swing in pro ballWho the most competitive Seager brother isSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Tim Dillard Talks The Secret To Being A Great Clubhouse Guy, Sidearming & More (Ep. 17)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 62:15

    One of Minor League Baseball's best personalities, Tim Dillard, is the latest guest on From Phenom To The Farm. Among the talking points... - Life as a draft-and-follow in junior college - Facing childhood heroes (Mike Piazza and Chipper Jones) as a minor leaguer - Dealing with the shuffle between AAA and the big leagues - The mental hurdle of switching to sidearming - The secret to being a great clubhouse guy - Playing baseball in front of fans in 2020 for the Milwaukee Milkmen Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Bob Tewksbury Talks The Mental Side Of Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 76:54

    As data filters throughout all levels of the game, some can forget the it's still a game played by human beings. Bob Tewksbury joins to talk the nerves, insecurities and anxieties facing pro baseball players today. Talking points include... * 80's minor league lifestyle stories. * Trying to fit in as a rookie on the 1986 Yankees with future HOFers and Lou Pinella managing. * Pitching against future HOFers in the All Star Game. * Pitching in a year with a labor strike. * The job of a veteran on a bad team. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Gift Ngoepe On Growing Up Loving Baseball In South Africa

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 64:20

    Thanks to Gift Ngoepe for joining the show! Discussion points include... * Growing up quite literally living at a baseball field in South Africa * Being beaten down by the heat and workload of the GCL in his first pro season * Frustration of his glove being big-league ready but his bat struggling to catch up * Losing his mother during his first AA season * Becoming the first player from the continent of Africa to reach the show. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Ty Kelly On The Art Of Being A Utility Man

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 79:34

    Ty Kelly is our latest guest! Among the talking points... * The art of being a utilityman * Making a good decision to transfer after his freshman year * Tough living and eating conditions in the minors * Getting the call after a long wait in the minors * Playing in the WBC for Team Israel * His work with Advocates for Minor Leaguers Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Sam Wolff On Growing As A Pitcher, The Difference Between AA And AAA Hitters & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 78:57

    Sam Wolff on getting recruited from South Dakota, growing as a pitcher at each of his three college stops, finding the right time to hang it up & much more. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Russ Ortiz Talks World Series Heartbreak, Strike-Throwing, MLB Food & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 81:42

    Longtime big league righthander Russ Ortiz joins to discuss the mental approach to working on throwing strikes, battling through injuries, and what it’s like to share a clubhouse with Barry Bonds. Among the other talking points... - Experience pitching in the College World Series - The best parts of All Star Weekend - Best food city in MLB Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Danny Black On Speed Changes, Nearly Quitting The Sport & Learning Work Ethic In Juco

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 91:38

    Danny Black on playing in the final CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium, how having speed changes your approach at the plate, nearly quitting baseball after his senior year of HS & much more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    What It's Like To Play In The World Series

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 32:00

    Over the past few months, we've asked guests of the pod to share their World Series and postseason experiences. We've pieced together the highlights, including fun answers from Brandon Guyer, Billy Butler, Chad Durbin, Russ Ortiz & more. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Ryan Dempster On His 16-Year Career, Being Traded, Learning From Greg Maddux & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 91:11

    Ryan Dempster joins the latest episode to discuss his 16-year MLB career, being traded during his first professional season, lessons learned from picking the brain of Greg Maddux and much more.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Past Guests (Including Eric O'Flaherty, Billy Butler, and Richie Schaffer) Discuss Their First Year Of Pro Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 34:58

    Past guests discuss their first year of pro ball—dealing with the adjustment in level of competition, game intensity, being away from home for the first time, and sometimes struggling on a baseball field for the first time in their life.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Will Venable On Baseball, Basketball & Life In The Ivy League (Ep. 15)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 62:34

    Current Cubs 3B coach and former big league outfielder Will Venable joins the pod to discuss his career. Among the topics... * Balancing baseball and basketball with an Ivy League course workload at Princeton * Having your dad as your coach in MiLB * Can thank his mom for giving baseball a shot * Playing in March Madness against two future NBA players (TJ Ford & PJ Tucker) * Importance of figuring out what kind of player you are at each level * How he learned the art of the stolen base * Which Cubs player he'd want to take on in a game of one-on-one basketball Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Billy Butler Talks Bat Control, The Big Leagues & More (Ep. 14)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 62:38

    Billy Butler carved out a 10-year MLB career in a relatively short amount of time, rocketing through the minors to Kansas City. He talks his big league career, the joys of competing for a World Series juxtaposed to several years spent playing for losing teams, & more. Among the other highlights... - A run-in with George Steinbrenner at a pre-draft workout - Hitting his way to the big leagues at 21 - Experience as Futures Game MVP - How he incorporated video into working on his hitting - Receiving no free agent offers after his 10th season Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Cody Decker On Crash Davis Comparisons, Minor League Stardom (Ep. 13)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 94:13

    On the latest episode of ‘From Phenom to the Farm’, former big leaguer Cody Decker joins to discuss his career, from UCLA to retirement. He will walk us through how he embraced the fun in baseball throughout the highs and lows of the minor leagues. He’ll talk bad paychecks, waiting for a call that might never come, and perhaps the greatest prank of all-time. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Brett Lorin On How To Know Whether To Transfer (Ep. 12)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 56:50

    Brett Lorin walked onto an Arizona team with College World Series dreams and bountiful talent. Yet he eventually came to the tough conclusion his future -- especially to help his professional aspirations -- would need to be in another program's rotation. The righty talks navigating the transfer market in college, his seven-year pro career, the frustrations of repeating A-ball, what it's like to be a Rule 5 Draft pick and so much more. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    OF Brandon Guyer Talks Playing In A World Series (Ep. 11)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 67:33

    Brandon Guyer joins the pod to discuss his career arc, which began as a two-sport star in high school. He details his initial struggles at Virginia before blossoming into a UVA Hall of Famer, a winding path through the minors, his penchant for getting hit by pitches as a big leaguer, and what it's like to play in a World Series. Thanks to Brandon for spending the time! You can follow him on Twitter here ( https://twitter.com/BrandonGuyer ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    RHP Carter Capps On His Delivery, Betting On Himself & Chasing A Dream (Ep. 10)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 62:25

    Fire-balling Carter Capps is mostly known for his unusual hop-step delivery that was later outlawed by MLB. But what's less discussed is his path to pro ball, which began as a Division II catcher before a pitching change unlocked an ascension to the majors. Capps discusses his path, how he became a pitcher, betting on himself in the Cape Cod League, dealing with Tommy John surgery, his funky delivery and so much more. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    3B Richie Shaffer Talks Confidence, First Round Expectations (Ep. 9)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 72:49

    Richie Shaffer has experienced the highs. He was a first-round pick, appeared in the Futures Game and played in the College World Series. His first big league hit was a homer. But he's also dealt with the lows -- wrecked confidence in the minors, a roundabout trip to indy ball to rediscover his passion for baseball. Shaffer joins the pod to talk his journey, plus his newfound pursuits outside of baseball, where he is an avid Twitch streamer ( twitch.tv/dickydanger ) and also a sci-fi writer ( https://t.co/BqKap55iOr?amp=1 ). If you're a fan of the series, please consider subscribing and leaving a review for From Phenom To The Farm! New episodes drop twice a month on Tuesday mornings. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    LHP Zack Dodson's Winding Path Through Pro Baseball (Ep. 8)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 84:08

    Zack Dodson's 10-year pro career has spanned five countries on three continents. He takes us through the winding journey, beginning with a draft night surprise that landed him in Pittsburgh, how he was conned out of $75,000, coming back to baseball after multiple suspensions and so much more. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Lane Adams On Approaching Baseball As A Multi-Sport Athlete (Ep. 7)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 73:12

    In our latest episode of ‘From Phenom to the Farm’ current Twins outfielder Lane Adams joins to discuss not wanting to give up basketball, steady improvements in short-season, and how things can move quickly in professional baseball. He’ll talk finding the right fit in an organization, life as a big league bench player, and what it’s like to face off against “Mad” Max Scherzer. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Players Share Their Favorite MLB Draft Stories

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 38:01

    Nearly every player we've interviewed for this podcast so far has shared a unique draft day story of their own. We’ve compiled a few of their draft day memories to enjoy, as we approach the 2020 MLB Draft. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    PART 2: MLB righty Chad Durbin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 71:09

    The second part of our conversation with Chad Durbin focuses on the struggle of sticking in the big leagues and bouncing from organization to organization. He also discusses how some tough love from his wife led to a much-needed attitude adjustment, what it was like to play on a World Series team, and how he knew it was time to walk away from the game. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    ex-MLB RHP Chad Durbin (Ep. 6, Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 85:05

    Chad Durbin pitched parts of 14 seasons in the big leagues. But before that, he was a relatively unknown third rounder who jumped directly into professional baseball from high school. Part one of our conversation with Durbin discusses how he was recruited to LSU -- including an impressive recruiting tactic by legendary LSU coach Skip Bertman -- and ultimately chose to go professional right away. We also talk his rise through Kansas City's system, some humorous stories from his time in the lower minors, and his path to becoming a big leaguer. Like what you hear? Consider supporting Baseball America. ( https://www.baseballamerica.com/sign-up/ ) Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    PART 2: RHP Robby Rowland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 73:00

    How does a once-heralded prospect rebuild body and mind? That's the focus of part two of our in-depth conversation with RHP Robby Rowland. We discuss how he rebuild his body and training methods after he was released, put himself back on the prospect radar, reaching unemployment, clawing back from indy ball to affiliated ball, and his ongoing quest to reach the big leagues after shoulder surgery. Enjoy the podcast? Consider supporting Baseball America ( https://www.baseballamerica.com/sign-up/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    RHP Robby Rowland (Ep. 5, Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 80:27

    Robby Rowland is a professional pitcher, the son of a big leaguer and a third round pick out of high school. He has also, as he points out on his website, been labeled a bust, was traded less than two years into his big league career, released by the age of 22 and is currently a free agent. He discusses processing all that, including reclaiming his athletic identity and his desire to now help others who choose to forge a similar path to his, jumping directly into the deep waters of pro baseball as an 18-year-old high schooler. Enjoy the podcast? Consider supporting Baseball America here ( https://www.baseballamerica.com/sign-up/ ). Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Former Rays Prospect Luke Bailey (Ep. 4)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 76:39

    Luke Bailey knows the ebbs and flows of the draft cycle better than most. A high school catcher in the same draft class as Mike Trout, Bailey once had first-round potential and a commitment to Auburn. But Tommy John surgery hurt his draft stock. He fell to the fourth round, where the Rays nabbed him and signed him to an over-slot bonus. But the grind of the lower levels coupled with persistent injuries took their toll on Bailey. He discusses all of it, including his journey to pro ball and how he fell back in love with the game playing indy ball, in our latest episode. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Two-Sport Star Josh Booty (Ep. 3)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 77:14

    The pressures on most top-tier prep baseball prospects are immense. But when they're also seemingly destined to be a star quarterback, too? It's almost unthinkable. We talked with Josh Booty about life as a two-sport star -- first as a first-round MLB Draft pick, then an NFL pick as a QB -- about life as a big time prospect in both sports. Among the discussion points: * Setting the draft bonus record * His first ABs with wood bat were in pro ball * Missing out on playing in Tiger Stadium (LSU) while playing in front of 0 people in instructs * Starting Opening Day for the World Series champs * Comparing the life of an MLB 1st rounder vs NFL 6th rounder * Reality TV (The Next Knuckler) and the difference in Spring Training 20 years apart Feel free to rate + review the pod as well! Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Former Nats Prospect J.P. Ramirez (Ep. 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 106:38

    How quickly can a phone call change a prospect's life? Just ask J.P. Ramirez. We talked with the former Nats farmhand about how a last-minute pitch from the Nationals ultimately swayed Ramirez toward pro ball -- and out of his commitment to Tulane -- and jumpstarted his pro career. He’ll further detail the signing deadline that changed his life, dealing with front office upheaval when you’re a low-level prospect, speaking up about injuries, and life in non-affiliated professional baseball. Other talking points include... * A story about a Friday night game starting after 1a.m. * Parents/family pulling him in both directions about the college or pro decision * Being afraid to speak up for himself as a young prospect about an injury * Being released at 23 * Life in Indy ball/Mexico Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Ex-MLB Lefty Eric O'Flaherty

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 99:28

    Our first guest is Eric O'Flaherty, who spent parts of 12 years in the big leagues. He candidly discusses his rocky transition to pro ball, detailing how he slowly learned how to be a professional after initially arriving as a self-described immature sixth rounder, his path to pro ball, what it was like to be drafted, dealing with a sudden influx of money, surprising things he learned about the journey and so much more. 'From Phenom To The Farm' chronicles the experience of high school draft picks, detailing the highs and lows, do's and don't's, and memorable stories from their time in the minors. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    ESPN's Mike Rooney On His Path Through College Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 77:45

    On today's episode of ‘From Phenom to the Farm,' ESPN college baseball analyst Mike Rooney joins to discuss his long career in baseball. He talks how to survive as a walk-on under Pat Murphy, recruiting battles at Arizona State, and what the essentials are for anyone visiting the College World Series. Other discussions include...Coaching first-rounders as a high school coachCompeting for conference titles and recruiting battles at Arizona StateFinding the right fits for his program as a Juco head coachCalling college baseball for ESPNThe essentials for any CWS trip and his pick to win in 2022Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Josh Sale On Finding Sobriety, Stability And A Second Chance At Life And Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 52:00

    This week's guest is Josh Sale, the 2010 first-round pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. Sale is in the midst of a career comeback, currently playing in the Atlantic League six years after he was out of baseball entirely. On this episode, Sale discusses...Becoming a first-round pickHow he developed his work ethicHow addiction and off-field issues derailed his pro careerHis path to finding sobrietyWhat he hopes to accomplish in his return to baseballSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Chris Shelton On What It's Like To Be The Hottest Hitter In Baseball

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 72:17

    Chris Shelton could always hit. But the opportunity to do so, as he learned, was far from guaranteed. Shelton is the latest guest on 'From Phenom To The Farm,' discussing his career to professional baseball, which includes time as a Rule 5 pick and a torrid stretch in April 2006 that momentarily put him among the best in the game. Chris and Kyle also talk...Switching from hockey to baseball in high school. How junior college prepared him for pro ballHanging on the big league roster as a Rule 5 pick despite minimal playing time.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Chuckie Fick Discusses His Baseball Journey With Big League Bloodlines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 58:53

    Chuckie Fick is the latest guest on 'From Phenom to the Farm!' He talks his path through baseball, which includes...- Growing up the son of a scout and nephew of an All-Star. - Transferring out of Fresno State to find a better fit.- Dealing with accusations of nepotism after being drafted.- How to improve as a pitcher at each step up the ladder.- A rollercoaster big league debut season - Why he liked MiLB bus rides. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    TRAILER: Introducing 'From Phenom To The Farm'

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 2:48

    Every year, MLB teams dish out bonuses -- sometimes multi-million dollar bonuses -- and entice high schoolers, some just days removed from graduating, to embark on professional careers. It begins a professional odyssey unlike any other among the major American sports, and rarely is the progression through the minors a smooth one. Our new series, 'From Phenom To The Farm,' hosted by Kyle Bandujo, speaks to both current and former professional baseball players about their journey through pro ball. They discuss adjusting to life on their own for the first time, handling money, learning professionalism, and other various aspects that a player encounters on their journey through the farm system. They’ll look back and provide insight on what they could’ve done, if anything, to be more prepared for life as a teenage professional athlete, and their opinions on what organizations should be doing to get the most out of their high school signees. Our first episode features lefty Eric O'Flaherty, who has logged nearly 500 innings across 12 big league seasons. Here's sneak peak of the episode. Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands

    Michael Roth Talks Unlikely Rise As Ace Pitcher

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 81:20

    On today's episode of ‘From Phenom to the Farm', former South Carolina ace Michael Roth joins to discuss his career. He talks his unlikely rise as an ace pitcher, the mentality a team needs to repeat as College World Series champions and how NIL might help players like himself, who graduated with student loan debt.Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Nightmare Bus Ride Stories From The Minor Leagues

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 28:29

    Today's pod is a bit of a changeup from previous episodes. Kyle compiles some of the best 'bad bus ride' stories from various interviews, to give you insight into what travel is like in the minors. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

    Jonathan Perrin Breaks Down Baseball's Financial Side

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 1970 42:20

    Former Oklahoma State right hander Jonathan Perrin breaks down the financial side of baseball, from amateur ball to pro ball. Jonathan is an investment advisor, and he takes us through the finances of the game along with his career.- Costs of travel ball in high school- Walking on to OSU and trying each year to earn a baseball scholarship- Matching up against aces every Friday night in the Big 12- The three worst things to spend your bonus money onSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/from-phenom-to-the-farm/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

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