On this week’s episode of From The Back Fields To The Bronx, Ricky Keeler is joined by Tampa Tarpons beat writer John Brophy and Hudson Valley Renegades beat writer/lead scout Steve Alhona.
The show starts with John talking about his interview with Tampa hitting coach Kevin Martir, Anthony Volpe continuing his strong season, and Tampa’s first taste of “adversity” losing their series to Bradenton last week.
Out in Hudson Valley, the Renegades have won six in a row and had one of the craziest wins of the season on Wednesday. Steve recaps that, talks about Shawn Semple and Mitch Spence shining in the rotation and Brandon Lockridge back in the lineup. Both John and Steve gave their hitter and pitcher that stood out this week as well.
After updates on what has gone on at Somerset and Scranton Wilkes-Barre, which included a discussion on Hoy Park playing some centerfield, the trio talks about the Florida Complex League beginning on Monday. They give their hitters to watch besides Jasson Dominguez and look at some intriguing arms as well.
In our MLB Draft segment this week, they talk about whether or not the Yankees could draft an impact pitcher with the 20th pick and go into some possible picks at both the prep and college ranks that would be good fits for New York.
They wrap up the show by talking about this week’s sticky stuff enforcement in MLB along with their final thoughts which included the MLB Draft Combine and which Yankee should go to the Futures Game?