9 episodes

"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.

    PART 2: MLB righty Chad Durbin

    PART 2: MLB righty Chad Durbin

    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.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    ex-MLB RHP Chad Durbin (Ep. 6, Part 1)

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

    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.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    PART 2: RHP Robby Rowland

    PART 2: RHP Robby Rowland

    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.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    RHP Robby Rowland (Ep. 5, Part 1)

    RHP Robby Rowland (Ep. 5, Part 1)

    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.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Former Rays Prospect Luke Bailey (Ep. 4)

    Former Rays Prospect Luke Bailey (Ep. 4)

    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.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Two-Sport Star Josh Booty (Ep. 3)

    Two-Sport Star Josh Booty (Ep. 3)

    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 recordHis first ABs with wood bat were in pro ballMissing out on playing in Tiger Stadium (LSU) while playing in front of 0 people in instructsStarting Opening Day for the World Series champsComparing the life of an MLB 1st rounder vs NFL 6th rounderReality TV (The Next Knuckler) and the difference in Spring Training 20 years apart
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

PAMichaelB ,

Love the history of the guests!

It’s great to hear how guys handle the day in and day out grind that comes with the Road to the Show. I have also enjoyed hearing how they handle adversity, sometimes for the very first time, as the level of competition around them increases. Keep up the great work!

Lodiarmy ,

Inside look

This series is an interesting look inside prospects lives and an extremely well put together program! Keep up the great work

dlkemp2 ,

Well Produced

I enjoyed the first episode with EOF. Thanks for the podcast. I look forward to listening to future episodes.

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