The Show Before the Show: Episode 108

Bormann details one-day journey from Class A Advanced to Majors

By | May 4, 2017 1:15 PM

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Video: #108: Pirates catching prospect John Bormann

Episode 108

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Three Strikes (1:53)

  • Tyler and Sam open up this week's edition of the podcast with their picks for the top hitting and pitching performers in April.
  • In Strike Two, they pivot to which prospects have pleasantly surprised during the first month of the Minor League season. 
  • On the heels of the Pirates calling up the first Major Leaguers from Lithuania and the continent of Africa as well as one player straight from Class A Advanced, the guys give examples of fascinating Major League call-ups they'd like to see this season.

John Bormann interview (31:32)

  • Bormann was the catcher the Pirates called up from Class A Advanced Bradenton when it looked like Francisco Cervelli might be injured. The 24-year-old backstop details the whole experience from his race across Florida to make it to Miami to his first Major League at-bat to what he kept (and maybe stole) to remember the event by.

Ben's Biz Banter (53:56)

  •'s Benjamin Hill discusses the country-music rivalry developing between Round Rock and Nashville and previews his upcoming trip to Southern California.

Wrapping up (1:08:35)

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