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A-Ball with Erik Oas Episode 4: Will Banfield on the art of catching

Top Marlins prospect Will Banfield and the franchise’s Director of Player of Development Dick Scott talk Minor League Baseball.

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Miami Marlins catcher Will Banfield, a highly touted 2018 MLB Draft pick, sits down for an extended interview (6:08) on his baseball gifts, the art of catching, and an awaking bat. Then, Director of Player of Development Dick Scott (27:20) joins us for a quick conversation about the Clinton LumberKings roster and organizational philosophy.

Enjoy Episode 4 of A-Ball:

Banfield enters Wednesday with an ugly .136/.224/.250 slash line and bloated 38.8 K% in 11 games for Clinton, though he’s riding a season-best three-game hitting streak. The 19-year-old has amazed behind the plate by throwing out 13 of 19 (68.4%) of attempted base-stealers.

“I have a job to do behind the plate and I have a job to do while I’m at the plate hitting-wise, so those two things are separate for me. I flush it, whether I’m doing good or bad.”

The Fish Stripes podcast also had him as a guest last summer shortly after his professional career began. Growing up so fast!

The Fish Stripes podcast is home to Miami Marlins shows Fish Bites, Earning Their Stripes and A-Ball with Erik Oas. All new episodes are posted to You can also find them on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Megaphone, PlayerFM or wherever you normally get your pods.

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