Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast

Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast

By Fayetteville Woodpeckers
The official podcast of the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. Join Woodpeckers broadcaster Matt Dean as he welcomes a myriad of guests ranging from some of the top prospects in the Astros system, coaches, Woodpeckers staff, Fayetteville community leaders, and more. They'll chat about everything Woodpeckers on field and off it.
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Episode 9 feat. Astros prospect OF Jake Meyers & Fayetteville City Councilwoman Shakeyla Ingram
Be sure to share, like, and subscribe before diving into Episode 9 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast! Matt Dean is joined first by former Fayetteville outfielder Jake Meyers, one of 13 former Woodpeckers on the Astros current 60-man player pool, to talk about his experiences at the Astros' summer camp in preparations for the upcoming season. Among other topics, the former Nebraska Cornhusker standout also shares his memories of playing in front of crowds at Segra Stadium last year and how he grew to love the game as a kid watching the College World Series every year in Omaha. Next, Fayetteville City Councilwoman Shakeyla Ingram joins the show to talk about updates surrounding the renovation of the Fayetteville market house downtown, the city's solidarity with the Black Lives matter movement, and what she misses most at a Woodpeckers game in 2020. 5:18- Interview with Astros OF prospect Jake Adams 24:05- Interview with Fayetteville City Councilwoman Shakeyla Ingram 41:29- Woodpeckers OOTP virtual season update and Episode 10 preview Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
44:23
July 10, 2020
Episode 8 feat. catcher Colton Shaver and Astros Sr. Director of Business Ops Dan O'Neill
In Episode 8 of the Woodpeckers pod, Matt Dean chats with Astros slugging prospect Colton Shaver, one of 13 former Woodpeckers announced on the Astros initial 60-man player pool for the 2020 season this week. The former BYU standout discusses his approach to joining the big league camp, philosophy behind how he views the catching position, and how joining the fly ball revolution helped his offensive game explode with a 21-homer campaign in the minors last season. Next, Astros Sr. Director of Business Operations Dan O'Neill hops on the show to talk about the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season, how the Astros are preparing for the Major League season in earnest, and his impressive on-base percentage figures during his career at the University of Illinois and Phillies minor league system. 7:27- Interview with Astros catcher Colton Shaver 24:00- Interview with Dan O'Neill, Astros Sr. Director of Business Operations 42:41- "Woodpeckers Rewind" and OOTP Virtual Season Update Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of the Free Music Archive
47:52
July 3, 2020
Episode 7 with INF David Hensley and Astros Player Eval Dir. Charles Cook on the Draft
In Episode 7 of the podcast, Matt Dean is first joined by a standout from the Woodpeckers' 2019 playoff run, infielder/outfielder extraordinaire David Hensley, who among other things discusses his upbringing in a baseball household, enjoying the summertime in San Diego, and how he draws inspiration from the sweet stroke of perennial MVP candidate Christian Yelich to devise his ideal swing. Finally, Astros Director of Player Evaluation Charles Cook makes an appearance on the pod to break down the Astros' 2020 draft class and discuss the four talented selections that could be in a Woodpeckers uniform over the next couple of seasons. 5:04- Interview with Woodpeckers infielder David Hensley 27:34- Astros Draft Recap with Houston Director of Player Evaluation Charles Cook 39:07- Segra Stadium Event Updates and Virtual Woodpeckers Recap on OOTP 21 Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
43:17
June 26, 2020
Episode 6 feat. The Baseball Brit & Astros prospect Matthew Barefoot
In Episode 6 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast, Matt Dean chats with local product Matthew Barefoot, the 6th round pick of the Astros in 2019. Among other topics, the former Fighting Camel and Tarheel State native talks about his previous experiences at Segra Stadium, how a mutual partnership between Campbell and the Astros help him get noticed, and how his access to an indoor batting cage on his family's farm in Dunn, N.C. is helping him stay game ready in the absence of baseball. Finally, noted baseball Twitter personality Joey Mellows AKA "The Baseball Brit" joins the show to talk about his visit to Segra Stadium last season, his chance meeting with the Luhnow family, and plans for a book featuring some of the wackiest and wildest behind-the-scenes stories from his travels to over 140 baseball games during the 2019 season. 4:16- Interview with Astros prospect/Campbell product Matthew Barefoot 23:49- Interview with Joey Mellows, "The Baseball Brit" Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
52:18
June 19, 2020
Episode 5 feat. Astros Radio Voice Robert Ford & RHP JP France
In Episode 5 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast, Matt Dean is joined by a right-hander on Fayetteville's record-setting staff from last season, who discusses his experience at the College World Series with Mississippi State in 2018 and how he approaches the use of data to help him become a better pitcher. Next, Astros radio play-by-play voice Robert Ford says "see ya later" after a compelling conversation in which he discusses how he grew to love the game growing up in New York, a memorable story about Carlos Correa's call up to the Big Leagues, and speaking with an overzealous caller in a prom dress during his time as the pre and post-game show host on the Kansas City Royals radio network. 4:20- Interview with Astros prospect and RHP JP France 24:24- Interview with Astros radio broadcaster Robert Ford Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
1:00:57
June 12, 2020
Episode 4 feat. Astros prospect Jeremy Peña and MiLB.com's Ben Hill
In Episode 4 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast, Fayetteville broadcaster Matt Dean welcomes former Woodpecker shortstop Jeremy Peña to the show to discuss his preparations for the season on hold along with his experiences as a non-roster invitee to the Astros' big league camp. Next, writer of the "Ben's Biz Blog" for MiLB.com Ben Hill joins the show to talk about his visit to Segra Stadium in 2019, trends in the industry, and how he is entertaining the masses on Twitter in the absence of baseball. 5:58- Interview with Astros No. 7 prospect Jeremy Peña 21:39- Interview with MiLB.com's Ben Hill 47:46- Woodpeckers Rewind and OOTP Virtual Season Check-In Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
52:22
June 5, 2020
Episode 3 feat. Astros Pitching Coach Brent Strom & First-Rounder Seth Beer
In Episode 3 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast, Fayetteville broadcaster Matt Dean is joined by Astros pitching coach Brent Strom, who discusses how he stays in touch with his staff during the current shutdown, a few notable Astros prospects that passed through Fayetteville in 2019, and his unique perspective as the second ever baseball player to undergo Tommy John surgery. Finally, the former first-round pick and current D-Backs farmhand Seth Beer reminiscences about his time in Fayetteville last season, his illustrious college career at Clemson, and his crazy travel schedule after switching organizations in the Zach Greinke trade last July.  5:20- Interview with Houston pitching coach Brent Strom 21:42- Interview with former Fayetteville slugger Seth Beer Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
48:50
May 29, 2020
Episode 2 featuring Astros prospect Shawn Dubin & Ft. Bragg's Justin Mitchell
On Episode 2 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast, Matt Dean is joined by the Astros' No. 20 prospect Shawn Dubin about his offseason preparations heading into 2020 and talks with Justin Mitchell, the Deputy Garrison Commander at Ft. Bragg, about the base's emergency preparedness during COVID-19 and his memories of the unforgettable Ft. Bragg Game between the Braves and Marlins in 2016. 3:38- Interview with RHP Shawn Dubin 18:24- Interview with Justin Mitchell 32:22- update on the "Virtual Woodpeckers" season in Out of the Park Baseball 21 Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
38:50
May 22, 2020
Episode 1 (May 11-16) with guests GM David Lane, catcher Michael Papierski, Bianca Shoneman
On Episode 1 of the Woodpeckers Baseball Podcast, Matt Dean is joined by the Woodpeckers GM David Lane for an update on Segra Stadium operations to prepare for the beginning of the season, chats with Woodpeckers catcher Michael Papierski about his preseason preparations during the stay-at-home order, and has a conversation with Bianca Shoneman, the CEO & President of Cool Springs Downtown about the future of the downtown Fayetteville's development. 4:25- Interview with David Lane 12:31- Michael Papierski 25:47- Bianca Shoneman 37:46- update on the "Virtual Woodpeckers" season in Out of the Park Baseball 21 Music: "We'll Never Sleep" by Ryan Anderson, courtesy of Free Music Archive
43:40
May 15, 2020