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On Catcher's Corner we talk fantasy baseball from a catcher's point-of-view. Eric and Sami use the lessons for their playing days in working with pitchers, scouting opposing hitters, and calling games to help you see beyond just the metrics. Blending stats with on-field scouting experience, they'll tell you pitcher performances can you believe in, which arms have a breakout looming, or even which hitters have a flaw that opponents may begin to attack. Come from the baseball, stay for the banter. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/eric-samulski/support

Catcher's Corner Eric Samulski

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On Catcher's Corner we talk fantasy baseball from a catcher's point-of-view. Eric and Sami use the lessons for their playing days in working with pitchers, scouting opposing hitters, and calling games to help you see beyond just the metrics. Blending stats with on-field scouting experience, they'll tell you pitcher performances can you believe in, which arms have a breakout looming, or even which hitters have a flaw that opponents may begin to attack. Come from the baseball, stay for the banter. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/eric-samulski/support

    Catcher's Corner Ep 43: Interview with Stephen Vogt on retirement and his career in baseball

    Catcher's Corner Ep 43: Interview with Stephen Vogt on retirement and his career in baseball

    Eric Samulski (@SamskiNYC) sits down with two-time All-Star and World Series champion Stephen Vogt to talk about his decision to retire this season and 16-year professional baseball career. They talk about the "I Believe in Stephen Vogt" chants, the final at-bat that went viral on social media, and also dive into questions on the players Vogt loved/hated to catch and hit off of and much more. 

    As always, all music in this episode is produced by Brooklyn hip-hop artist Dan Dillinger, whose music can be found on Spotify. 


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    • 35 min
    Catcher's Corner: 2nd Half Starting Pitcher Breakouts

    Catcher's Corner: 2nd Half Starting Pitcher Breakouts

    With Sami on vacation, Eric welcomes John Laghezza (@MLBMovingAvg) to talk about starting pitchers that interest them for the end of the season. They also talk about the philosophy of baseball and how to “create fishermen” in fantasy baseball by having people think about process and not just results.

    All music in this episode is made by Brooklyn hip-hop artist Dan Dillinger, whose new album can be found on Spotify



    TIMESTAMPS

    START - Eric and John talk baseball and creating useful fantasy content. They chat about the value of discussing process: how to find the answers and what to look for and not just focusing on getting the “right” answers. They also talk about adding value to the fantasy space and the value of opening up conversations. 

    15:00 - Specific player analysis starts

    Second Half Stars: Players we're banking on solid end-of-season performance from (plus some we're not)


    Reid Detmers
    Braxton Garrett
    Brady Singer
    Ranger Suarez
    Janson Junk
    Felix Bautista
    Other closer specs
    Nick Lodolo
    Jose Quintana

    Quick Hitters: A quick list of hitters to keep an eye on


    Tommy Pham
    Jose Siri
    Lars Nootbaar
    James Outman
    Miguel Vargas
    Jake McCarthy
    Paul DeJong


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Catcher's Corner: Relief Pitcher Trade Deadline Preview

    Catcher's Corner: Relief Pitcher Trade Deadline Preview

    Sami (@Believe_Sami) and Eric (@SamskiNYC) welcome Nate Marcum (@natemarcum) of Reliever Recon to discuss what the trade deadline could mean for fantasy relievers. They discuss pitchers most likely to be traded away and who to stash in their place. Then they end with some players they’re fading in the second half and others they’re actively trying to get on their teams.

    All music in this episode is made by Brooklyn hip-hop artist Dan Dillinger, whose new album can be found on Spotify



    Rundown

    News and Notes


    Is Tanner Scott still the closer in Miami?
    Garrett Whitlock gets a save in Boston. Is he the closer?
    MacKenzie Gore with an elbow injury. Drop in all formats?
    Daniel Vogelbach traded to the Mets
    Willson Contreras and David Robertson to Mets?

    Trade Deadline Impact on Closers: Who is most likely to be dealt?


    Chicago (NL)
    Kansas City
    Oakland
    Colorado
    Detroit
    Arizona
    Baltimore
    Pittsburgh
    What’s happening in St. Louis. Is Gallegos droppable?

    Second Half Fades (Players we think are in for rough second haves)


    Trevor Rogers
    Taylor Ward
    Jeff McNeil (vs Nico Hoerner tangent)

    Second Half Optimism (Players we think are in for good second halves)


    Jean Segura (Other injured players to stash: Mitch Haniger, Ozzie Albies, Jesus Luzardo, Dustin May)
    Nick Lodolo
    Reid Detmers
    Anthony Santander
    Josh Lowe
    Marcus Semien
    Jon Gray


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Catcher's Corner: Father's Day Waiver Wire Special

    Catcher's Corner: Father's Day Waiver Wire Special

    Sami (@Believe_Sami) and Eric (@SamskiNYC) welcome Chris Torres (@TorresTakes) to discuss whether or not Sami is being replaced on the podcast and what to do about current breaking news, like injuries to Ozzie Albies and Liam Hendriks. Then they discuss the catcher waiver wire landscape and look ahead for which fringe starting hitters have good upcoming weekends. 

    All music in this episode is made by Brooklyn hip-hop artist Dan Dillinger, whose new album can be found on Spotify

    Timestamps

    4:00 - Trending News Breakdown


    Fernando Tatis Jr. not healing as the Padres want
    Ozzie Albies fractured foot. Which 2B can you add to replace him?

    Jon Berti, Cesar Hernandez, Matt Reynolds, Ezequial Duran, Cavan Biggio


    Liam Hendriks to the IL. How much FAAB for Graveman?
    Corey Knebel is out as closer. Would you add Dominguez over Graveman?
    Edward Cabrera to the IL.
    Yoan Moncada has a great day. Does it matter?
    Leody Tavares gets called up:

    Taveras, Jarren Duran, or Edward Olivares?


    Oneil Cruz is coming up. Is he? I mean, really, is he?



    39:00 - Catcher Landscape: We get in on the talk about the current crop of streaming catchers


    Gabriel Moreno
    Christian Bethancourt
    Cal Raleigh
    Jose Trevino
    Omar Narvaez
    Carson Kelly
    Elias Diaz
    Brian Severen



    48:30 - Fringe Starters with Good Weekend Schedules: Are they playable?


    Didi Gregorius
    Bryson Stott
    Alec Bohm
    Seth Brown
    Hunter Dozier
    Andrew Benintendi
    Nomar Mazara
    Jurickson Profar
    Jake Cronenworth
    Jorge Alfaro
    Ji-Man Choi
    Vidal Brujan
    Dylan Moore
    J.P Crawford?
    Orlando Arcia
    Adam Duvall
    Michael Chavis
    Marcell Ozuna


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Catcher's Corner: Claim or Lame?

    Catcher's Corner: Claim or Lame?

    Sami (@Believe_Sami) and Eric (@SamskiNYC) welcome Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) to discuss recent pieces of news and then play a game of Cut or Keep followed by a game of Claim or Lame. This episode has tons of quick-hitting analysis on as many players as we could possibly fit. 

    All music in this episode is made by Brooklyn hip-hop artist Dan Dillinger, whose new album can be found on Spotify

    Timestamps

    4:00 - Top News Stories


    Joe Maddon is fired. Do managers matter for fantasy?
    Tylor Megill coming back this weekend. Start him right away?
    Ezequial Duran called up by the Rangers
    Travis Swaggerty called up by the Pirates
    Elehuris Montero called up by the Rockies

    21:00 - Cut or Keep


    Juan Yepez
    Josh Naylor
    Connor Joe
    Yasmani Grandal
    Javier Baez
    Trevor Rogers
    Jon Gray
    Josiah Gray
    Reid Detmers

    53:45 - Claim or Lame


    Jeffrey Springs
    Graham Ashcraft
    Zach Eflin
    Michael Wacha
    Ross Stripling
    Brady Singer
    Alex Kirilloff
    Oscar Gonzalez
    Jack Suwinski
    Lane Thomas
    Luis Garcia (Nationals)
    Jon Berti
    Jose Trevino
    Cal Raleigh
    Curt Casali
    Spec Save Claims


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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Catcher's Corner: Cut, Keep, or Claim with Vlad Sedler

    Catcher's Corner: Cut, Keep, or Claim with Vlad Sedler

    Eric (@SamskiNYC) welcomes Vlad Sedler (@RotoGut to talk about his takeaways now that we're two months into the fantasy baseball season. Then they play some Cut, Keep, or Claim with trending waiver wire options as well as some struggling veterans. 

    All music in the show is by Brooklyn hip-hop artist Dan Dillinger (his complete work can be found on Spotify).



    Timestamps

    2:15 - Early takeaways from the first two months of the fantasy baseball season. Players we missed on and changes in our process we’re happy about.



    Cut, Keep, or Claim (Yahoo roster %)

    12:30 - Tim Anderson/Jean Segura

    15:20 - Jose Berrios (91% rostered)

    17:45 - Merrill Kelly (46% rostered)

    21:00 - Reid Detmers (16% rostered)

    24:10 - Spencer Strider (40% rostered)

    28:00 -  Jeffrey Springs (50% rostered)

    31:05 - Jakob Junis (14% rostered)

    33:45 - Edward Cabrera (12% rostered)

    37:15 - Tanner Houck tangent (Houck as the new Whitlock?)

    38:00 - Javier Baez (89% rostered)

    41:00 - Bryan Reynolds (88% rostered)

    43:15 - Jesus Sanchez (22% rostered)

    45:45 - Michael Harris (33% rostered) or Christopher Morel (42% rostered)

    48:15 - Evan Longoria (12% rostered)

    50:00 - Trevor Larnach (7% rostered)

    51:30 - Michael Chavis (4% rostered)

    54:00 - Edwin Rios (13% rostered)


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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

jumpngeorge ,

The student becomes the teacher

I will tell you up front, I’m a little biased. I taught Eric mathematics and coached him on my middle school baseball team. He was a good player... good enough to get a scholarship to play baseball in college and play professionally in Australia. I don’t know Sami, but he knows his stuff too. The hosts on this podcast were both catchers. They look at pitchers with a lens refined and polished behind the plate. They back up their observations with data. While they have just started this podcast, it’s well produced, informative and entertaining and better than many well established podcasts covering pitching and fantasy baseball that have been around for years. I’m never missing an episode!

Yancy Eaton ,

Sky’s The Limit 🚀

I for one and very excited to see where Eric and Sami takes this. I know it’s only 1 episode in but I feel strongly that this podcast will change the world.

Congrats on the new endeavor! 🙌

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