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They Might Be Mariners, Ep. 24: RHP Levi Stoudt

The 97th pick in the 2019 draft comes to share their excitement for a long-awaited debut.

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Kate, Joe, and John are joined by Seattle Mariners 2019 3rd round pick, RHP Levi Stoudt out of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The one time 97th overall pick has shot up some scouting lists over the winter, including ranking 12th in the organization according to Baseball America.

Stoudt has yet to pitch in an official professional game due to Tommy John surgery he underwent shortly after draft day in 2019 and the cancellation of the MiLB seasons in 2020, but he turned plenty of heads in the fall instructional league Seattle was able to put on with a few other clubs. There he turned the heads of scouts and Mariners brass.

We asked him about what it’s like to be entering his third year as a pro, with plenty of momentum and enthusiasm, but not having technically debuted. His mid-90s heat and Vulcan changeup work well alongside a sweeping slider, and we ask him about how he developed each pitch, and when he realized he was cut out to be a pro.

The Eastern Pennsylvania native also shares his opinions on several of the state’s finest fare, and potentially making a case for water ice to finally sweep the West Coast, with Kate’s enthusiastic, previously-Philadelphia-residing backing. We also hear Stoudt’s draft day story, his intense on field face-off against one of the top starters in his draft class, and what exactly someone does in Peoria, Arizona when they’ve spent over two years almost exclusively rehabbing and adding strength without games to play in.

Music: “Them Changes” - Thundercat / “I CAN’T WAIT” - DROELOE

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