In this week’s episode of A Call Away, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre radio broadcaster Adam Giardino catches up with RailRiders manager Jay Bell and hot-on-the-scene infielder Gosuke Katoh as the Minor League Baseball season crosses the quarter-mark of 2019.
Bell talks about what he’s seen out of his guys so far, including how hard it is to manage the roster when a pair of 24-year-old infielders hitting over .300 (Katoh and Mandy Alvarez) had to be sent to Double-A Trenton with the crunch of healthy, veteran players.
Katoh discusses his hot start, the MLB baseballs being used in Triple-A for the first time this year which has resulted in him already setting a new career-high in homers, and the personal relationship he has with Ichiro Suzuki. The infielder wrote a first-person article for The Players’ Tribune upon Ichiro’s retirement earlier this year.
Giardino is joined, as always during the podcast, by his broadcast partner with the RailRiders, Adam Marco. The two take a look at those tough decisions needed by the Yankees to put Katoh and Alvarez down in Trenton, a pair of hot-hitting catchers on the roster in Kyle Higashioka and MLB-veteran Ryan Lavarnway, as well as the ever changing complexion of the Triple-A bullpen.
The podcast finishes with reports from broadcasters Matt Dean of the Charleston RiverDogs (High-A), Jon Mozes of the Trenton Thunder (Double-A), and Marco in Triple-A taking a look at the goings-on at the different levels of the minors.
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