College Baseball Central Podcast: Talking TCU Baseball with Garrett Podell

On this episode of the College Baseball Central Podcast, Joe Healy is joined by TCU baseball play-by-play announcer Garrett Podell.

The 2018 season was a tough one for TCU. After four consecutive trips to the College World Series, the Horned Frogs found themselves out of the postseason altogether after going 33-23 with a 10-13 mark in Big 12 play. They had some nice moments throughout the season, such as back-to-back series wins against Texas Tech and West Virginia late in the year, but their metrics, including an RPI stuck in the 50s, just weren’t enough to get them back into the field of 64.

Now, TCU will likely head into the 2019 season confident about what they have in the rotation, what with veterans Jared Janczak and Nick Lodolo returning and a handful of clear contenders for the third spot in the rotation emerging. They also have to feel good about the return of senior outfielder Josh Watson, who bounced back from a difficult 2017 season statistically to put up big numbers as a junior last season. But at the same time, the Frogs do have some question marks around the field, and how well those questions get answered will go a long way toward determining just how far they go in the coming season.

Among the topics discussed on this episode are:

  • From an on-field perspective, where TCU fell short when compared to the previous four seasons
  • How injuries played a role in missing the postseason
  • Expectations for Josh Watson’s senior year
  • The candidates for the third rotation spot behind Janczak and Lodolo
  • Breakout candidates in the lineup
  • Fort Worth food recommendations

About the Author

Joseph Healy
Growing up in Houston, Joe Healy was introduced to college baseball at a young age, and it was love at first sight. Like most good love stories, that love has only grown throughout the years. When he's not at the ballpark, he enjoys tacos, college football during the fall, and the spectacle that is American politics. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Sam Houston State University and a Master's in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville.