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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.

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

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

    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 decisionBeing afraid to speak up for himself as a young prospect about an injuryBeing released at 23Life in Indy ball/Mexico

    • 1 hr 46 min
    Ex-MLB Lefty Eric O'Flaherty

    Ex-MLB Lefty Eric O'Flaherty

    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.

    • 1 hr 39 min
    TRAILER: Introducing 'From Phenom To The Farm'

    TRAILER: Introducing 'From Phenom To The Farm'

    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.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

dlkemp2 ,

Well Produced

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

Radthad 43 ,

Turns pros into people just like you

Kyle does a great job of leading the interviews with the players. Professionals that are larger than life, become just like you by hearing some of their stories of woe as they started off in the big league.

Easton Riggs ,

Great Pod

Congrats on a great start to the podcast Kyle! Looking forward to more episodes... Rails.

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