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13: Joey Wong
On this week's episode we chat with one of the more recent, but key additions to the St. Paul Saints, shortstop Joey Wong. A native of Salem, OR and former College World Series champion at Oregon State, we reminisce on the ridiculous amount of winning he was a part of early in his playing days. We look back on his now 10-year professional career, playing overseas in Australia for Team China in the World Baseball Classic and also, how baseball has changed for him since becoming a father. All...
12: Zach Walters
On Episode 12, we welcome St. Paul Saints second baseman, Zach Walters. A man that has reached the Major Leagues, we discuss his tenure in pro ball and how he found success playing in five different organizations. Zach talks about getting his first hit off of the late Jose Fernandez and playing for Terry Francona. Nicknamed "The Iron Teddy," Walters takes us into his world of personal quirks, obscure walk-up songs and passion for art. He also reveals his post-playing aspirations to become a...
11: Kyle Barrett
On this week's episode, we are happy to welcome Saints center fielder Kyle Barrett! We dive into what it is like now to be in the thick of a Saints playoff push and how he was able to gel with a close-knit clubhouse. A recently turned 25-year old, Kyle discusses his recent tenure with the Miami Marlins system and going through tough times following his release. We examine the political aspect of baseball and being a part of an organization when there is internal overhaul like the Marlins...
10: Burt Reynolds
On this week's episode, we welcome Saints outfielder Burt Reynolds! Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, we discuss his upbringing in Newark and lifelong baseball relationships, including with his cousin Robinson Cano and close friend Hector Santiago. Reynolds details his professional career, which began at age 19 and how much he's learned over his now 11 years in the pro ranks. We also break down his ridiculously hot start with the Saints and get into some off-the-field...
9: Mike Devine
This week we sit down with one of steadiest members of the St. Paul Saints bullpen, right-hander Mike Devine. (10:34) Originally from just outside of Pittsburg, PA, we discuss what it was like playing sports in a tight-knit community and how he made his decision to attend Virginia Military Institute. He explains his experiences as a KeyDet and then making the transition to Independent Ball in 2012\. From there, we go through his travels and how he made his way to the Twin Cities. The 28-year...
8: Anthony Phillips
On Episode 8, we are pleased to present our guest of week and St. Paul Saints shortstop Anthony Phillips! After getting you caught up on the team's recent play, we jump right into Phillips' (6:30) upbringing in South Africa and his athletic beginnings. Coming over to the states at just 16 years old, the Capetown native had to go through plenty of adjustments both on and off the field. He recounts his time within the Seattle Mariners organization as well as he first stop with the Saints back...
7: Matt Solter
On this week's episode we sit down with St. Paul Saints starting pitcher Matt Solter. Now one of just two Opening Day members of the rotation, we discuss Solter's assessment of himself as well as the club through the halfway point of the 2018 season. We get into his beginnings in New Bern, SC along with his collegiate experience at a top-tier liberal arts school in Furman University. Also, he breaks down his professional experience first in the Independent ranks before pitching in the San...
6: Max Murphy
This week we welcome St. Paul Saints outfielder Max Murphy onto the Pig's Eye Podcast! We discuss the Saints recent surge and how they have found themselves now half-way through the 2018 season. His performance as one of the catalysts of the offense and how his defense has shone all summer long. We talk about growing up 20 minutes away from CHS Field and his time within the Minnesota Twins organization after competing in college for Bradley University (IL). We also get a glimpse inside his...
5: Brady Shoemaker
On Episode 5 we sit down with St. Paul Saints first baseman Brady Shoemaker who is just one of three members in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in a single season (21, 2017). After a dominant first year he has returned to bring a veteran presence and power bat to the hear of the St. Paul order. We get into the Brazil, IN natives upbringing and stellar collegiate career at Indiana State University along with his introduction to the affiliated ranks as a 19th Round selection by the...
4: Eddie Medina
On this week's episode we sit down with Saints starter Eddie Medina to discuss his hot start in 2018, his new role at the top of the rotation and of course we get into his career. From his childhood love for Mariano Rivera, his pride from being from the "fifth borough," his collegiate success at St. John’s university then turned into a freak injury that prevented him from signing with the Toronto Blue Jays and his path from there. Having to take a windy road to where he currently stands in...
3: Josh Allen (Post-Promotion)
On Episode 3 we feature the Saints FORMER second baseman, Josh Allen as he had his contract purchased by the New York Mets just days after we sat down for this weeks episode. Despite moving into affiliated ball for the first time in his professional career, we felt that Allen's story was too good to go untold. From his upbringing in the small rural town of Fort Meade, FL to going undrafted and joining the police academy before beginning his pro career, the Saints first-quarter of the season...
2: Dante Bichette Jr.
On Episode 2, we welcome Saints third baseman and catcher Dante Bichette Jr. to this pullulating podcast. We persevere through some technical difficulties and Evan's poor jokes all while learning about a professional whose roots dig deep in the game of baseball. From having to grow up quickly as a 19-year old 1st-round pick in 2011 by the New York Yankees to his off-the-field music aspirations, Dante gives us a look inside his past, present, and future. Hope you enjoy!
1: Tom Wilhelmsen
Welcome to the very first Pig's Eye podcast as we at the St. Paul Saints hope to get this going on a regular basis. In our first crack at this, we got a chance to sit down with Saints closer, Tom Wilhelmsen. A 7-year MLB Veteran, he's accomplished a little bit of everything both on and off the diamond. From his adventures across America and Europe while being out of baseball for four years, to his time spent as a bartender down in Arizona, to his dominance with the Seattle Mariners and much...