Turn a Pair Baseball Podcast host Chris MacLean takes a trip around the bases with a new guest each episode. Join us as we dive in to the back story to some of baseball's most memorable events. We'll meet the players, the writers, announcers and many more that experienced it all in and around the diamond.
Luisa Gauci - Green River College//Driveline Baseball
Luisa's Mom signed her up for baseball at 12 because it was more convenient than softball. Baseball isn't very popular in Australia so her Mom didn't know the difference between the two.
The error proved to be a blessing. Luisa fell deeply in love with the game and has pushed well beyond the societal limits that have been placed on girls and woman in the game of baseball.
At 20 years old Luisa has made the roster at Green River College; not as a novelty but as a key member that will contribute to the overall success of the team. She lives baseball 24 hours a day. When she's away from the field, she's at Driveline where she works as the Baseball Technologies Coordinator. She gets to play with all the really cool data and technology offered at Driveline.
In our conversation she tells her incredible story, and shares tips to improve strength, bat speed and enhance arm care.
Twitter - @luisagauci
IG - luisagauic_
Derrik Watson - Colorado Rockies Pitcher
Derrik Watson grew up in Stl dreaming of one day playing basketball for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. He's a pro now, but baseball is his sport. He met Coach Cal, and he shares the pivotal moment in his life on this show.
Derrik has been grinding his way through baseball. After graduating from Hazelwood Central High School, he made his way to Southwest Illinois College and eventually Murray State. After 4 years in college the Colorado Rockies selected Derrik in the 25th round of the 2017 draft. His numbers have improved every year from his freshman year of college to now.
Position: Relief Pitcher
Bats: Right • Throws: Right
6-2, 175lb (188cm, 79kg)
Team: Colorado Rockies (minors)
Born: August 21, 1994 (Age: 26-240d) in St. Louis, MO us
Draft: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 25th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft from Murray State University (Murray, KY).
School: Murray State University (Murray, KY)
Full Name: Derrik J. Watson
Reagan Todd - Colorado Rockies Pitching Prospect
Reagan grew up in a house full of athletes. His Mom, Dad and Sister all played sports at the collegiate level. Competition is fierce in the Todd household. Family card nights got intense during the Covid lockdown.
Reagan fell in line with the family tradition of playing a sport in college. After walking off the High School state semi finals game with a grand slam, he went off to Arizona State. He eventually made his way to Colorado Mesa University before being drafted in the 32nd round of the 2018 draft by his hometown Rockies. He's working his way up the system as a high leverage asset out of the bullpen.
When he's not making life difficult for MiLB hitters, he's running his own business; a recruiting service for potential college athletes. We talk all about his venture in the episode. Check out his business (www.toddurichrecruiting.com)
Reagan is the 4th graduate of Regis Jesuit High School out of Aurora, Colorado to join the show.
Twitter - @ReaTodd
IG - reagan_todd13
Positions: Pitcher and Rightfielder
Bats: Left • Throws: Left
6-3, 218lb (190cm, 98kg)
Team: Colorado Rockies (minors)
Born: August 30, 1995 (Age: 25-224d) in Centennial, CO us
Draft: Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 32nd round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft from Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO).
High School: Regis Jesuit HS (Aurora, CO)
Schools: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO)
Full Name: Reagan John Todd
Joel Condreay - Colorado Rockies Pitching Prospect
In the summer of 2018, Joel Condreay slashed .355/.438/.532 while playing shortstop at Whitworth University. He threw 2 2/3 innings and managed an ERA of 13.50. In June of that summer, the Rockies drafted him in the 31st round. When he received the call from the scout, he was told he was drafted as a pitcher. His tools are off the chart.
He's worked tirelessly from that moment on to reshape himself into a professional pitcher capable of earning a spot on the 25 man roster. We talk about the challenges he has faced and how he has progressed over the last 2 1/2 years.
Back of the Baseball Card:
- Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 31st round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft.
- School: Whitworth University (Spokane, WA)
- Spent 2018 and 2019 in Boise (53.1 IP, 3.71 ERA, 47 K's, 1.331 WHIP)
Cordell Greene - Free Agent Flame Thrower
Cordell Greene grew up in Washington state. He eventually made his way to Indiana State's roster (he shares a really cool Larry Bird story on the podcast), then to Des Moines Area Community College and finally Washington University in 2011. A lot has happened from 2011 to now and that's what this episode is about. Cordell is extremely open and raw on this episode. Cordell hasn't played affiliated ball. In fact he has spent the bulk of that time between '11 and now training baseball players from Little League to MLB.
He owns a gym in Kirkland, Washington. You can see what he has going on by checking out his Instagram page @thenaturalballplayer. At 30 years old he's putting everything he's got into a comeback. He's a few tenths away from hitting triple digits on the radar gun and hopefully only a few weeks away from signing with an affiliate.
Max Bain - Chicago Cubs Pitching Prospect
Max Bain was a lightly recruited High School pitcher that landed at Northwoods University in Midland, MI. After four solid years, he failed to land with an affiliated club. A lot of players would have quit. Max Bain is not like a lot of players. He rededicated himself to fitness, nutrition and pitching. He shares his incredible story with us here.
Baseball Reference Essentials:
Positions: Relief Pitcher and Centerfielder
Bats: Right • Throws: Right
6-5, 240lb (196cm, 108kg)
Team: Chicago Cubs (minors)
Born: September 25, 1997 (Age: 23-170d) in Clarkston, MI us
School: Northwood University (Midland, MI)
Full Name: Maxwell Aaron Bain
Twitter - @mbain_38
IG - maxbain38
YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFXwSwmeH9I (check out his vlog)
Great host and interesting guests
The host does a great job of facilitating an organic conversation and the stories that come out as a result are fascinating and genuine. Really enjoy listening.
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Great baseball stories
It’s really interesting to learn the unique baseball stories of so many who are fighting to reach the top of their profession. Chris does an excellent job of leading the conversation to bring out the best nuggets from each of these MILB prospects. It’s a relaxed discussion and you feel like you really get to know these players and learn their professional and personal paths