Another special guest joins us on ETS! Quint Studer, owner of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos and the newly rebranded High-A Beloit Sky Carp, speaks to Ely Sussman about Monday’s big reveal. This episode covers JJ Bleday being named MVP of the Fall Stars Game (1:45) and upcoming Marlins 40-man roster decisions (13:30) before diving into the interview with Studer (17:00).
Enjoy Episode 42!
“Sky carp” is a slang term for a goose that doesn’t migrate in the winter. As Studer explains on the pod, that’s apropos for Beloit, which has historically lost much of its talent to the allure of larger markets. Even the team itself was on the verge of having its Minor League Baseball affiliation stripped when MiLB contracted from 160 to 120 teams. Studer’s efforts to secure private funding for a new facility—ABC Supply Stadium opened on August 3—spared them from that fate.
The Sky Carp’s color scheme features hunter orange, black, dark gray and light blue, awfully similar to what the parent club has been using since their own rebrand three years ago.
Marlins prospects who played for Beloit in 2021 included Will Banfield, Griffin Conine, Dax Fulton, Troy Johnston, Zach McCambley, Kameron Misner, Kyle Nicolas, Eury Pérez, Connor Scott and Antonio Velez. Fulton, Pérez and Víctor Mesa Jr. are among those projected to be on the Sky Carp’s inaugural Opening Day roster (season opener scheduled for April 8, 2022).
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