In this week’s episode of A Call Away, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders radio broadcaster Adam Giardino recaps a busy week in the International League. The big news across the Yankees’ farm system is that first baseman Mike Ford is heading up to the big leagues, while Greg Bird heads to the injured list with a foot injury.
He’s joined during the podcast by fellow RailRiders broadcaster, Adam Marco, and the two chat about Ford’s sizzling start to 2019, Gio Gonzalez’ impending opt-out clause, and getting to see Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in person when the Buffalo Bisons came to town.
The episode features interviews with Ford before he got promoted, where he breaks down his road to a call-up. “I felt like I had to prove myself even more,” Ford said of returning to the Yankees organization after a stint with the Seattle Mariners. He also talks about his winter routine and a three home run game.
The show also caught up with 23-year-old infielder Thairo Estrada, who is a consensus top 30 prospect in the New York Yankees’ system. Estrada is off to a great start after playing just 18 games in an injury-riddled 2018 season.
The pod wraps up with reports from the radio broadcasters around the league, including Matt Dean with the Charleston RiverDogs (Single-A), Jon Mozes with the Trenton Thunder (Double-A) and Adam Marco with the RailRiders (Triple-A).
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