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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.

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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.

    Luke Hagerty On His Unlikely Comeback From The Yips, Tommy John Rehab & More

    Luke Hagerty On His Unlikely Comeback From The Yips, Tommy John Rehab & More

    2002 Cubs first-rounder Luke Hagerty joins the pod to discuss his career, including his 2019 comeback in which he returned to organized ball as a 37-year-older touching 99 mph, more than a decade after the yips derailed his professional career. The guys also talk...

    - Taking his only Division I offer as a "project"

    - Sharing a rotation with the 1st overall pick his junior year of college at Ball State

    - Struggling with pain during TJ rehab

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Tyler Watson On The Value of Juco Ball, Arm Angles & More

    Tyler Watson On The Value of Juco Ball, Arm Angles & More

    Former minor league LHP Tyler Watson is today's guest. The guys talk...

    - The value of playing junior college baseball.

    - Struggling bouncing between arm angles and battling injuries.

    - The importance of the conversation around mental health in baseball.

    - Thinking about your future after baseball during your career.

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    • 58 min
    Yonder Alonso On Life As An All-Star, Adapting To America & More

    Yonder Alonso On Life As An All-Star, Adapting To America & More

    Yonder Alonso left the University of Miami an All-American, two-time participant in the College World Series, and first-round pick who’d go on to sign a $4.55 million contract with the Reds. Without some wise foresight and guidance from his parents, he might’ve left the school a week into his freshman year, or not even attended at all.

    Alonso is the latest guest on From Phenom To The Farm. They talk...

    * Baseball helping him adapt to life in America after defecting from Cuba as a child.
    * Being persuaded by parents to attend Miami instead of sign.
    * Playing in the College World Series twice
    * Trying to learn the outfield while being blocked by Joey Votto at 1st.
    * Playing in his only ASG in his hometown of Miami.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Barry Enright Explains His Bulldog Mentality

    Barry Enright Explains His Bulldog Mentality

    Former big leaguer Barry Enright is the latest guest on From Phenom To The Farm. Kyle and Barry talk...

    * Having success as a freshman at Pepperdine.
    * Facing Tulo and Longoria in an NCAA regional.
    * The importance in having borderline-outsized confidence in yourself.
    * The benefits of playing in foreign leagues.
    * A good story about golfing with Kevin Na.

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Marcus Nidiffer On Life In The SEC, Cape League & Indy Ball

    Marcus Nidiffer On Life In The SEC, Cape League & Indy Ball

    Marcus Nidiffer has seen a lot of different types of baseball. On today's episode, he talks...

    * Facing aces and tough crowds every weekend in the SEC.
    * Life in the Cape Cod league.
    * Trying to stick as an undrafted free agent.
    * The pros and cons to playing Indy ball.
    * What makes a guy catch for 7 years in Indy ball.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Dan Straily Discusses His Journeyman Career

    Dan Straily Discusses His Journeyman Career

    Dan Straily discusses his path from small town Oregon to the big leagues and talks about the ups and downs of his journeyman career through professional baseball. Talking points include...

    * Going from high school benchwarmer to the big leagues.
    * Starting a playoff game as a rookie.
    * Being a part of a big mid-season trade.
    * The benefits to being a journeyman.

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
110 Ratings

110 Ratings

goldglove1B ,

Stew

Fantastic series of podcasts. I sent the podcast to some of my friends who love this game and hearing these dudes tell their stories. Keep the podcasts coming!

TheBubba66 ,

One of the Baseball Podcasts

If want to hear how it really happens, listen to this podcast. Kyle does an amazing job of asking the questions to show us all what really happens and how hard it can be to make it to the top.
What ever you do Kyle, don’t stop this Podcast!

JM43502 ,

Always interesting

Every players journey is different. Very interesting to hear the uniques stories about baseball rarely heard

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