The Show Before the Show

In "The Show Before the Show," MiLB.com writers Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra break down Minor League Baseball's biggest storylines with guests from around the Minors including players, managers and player development experts. They'll also have a weekly look at what's going on outside the lines with business of the Minors expert Benjamin Hill.

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#219: Cleveland's Ethan Hankins
No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect Ethan Hankins joins The Show Before the Show to break down his impressive season at Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the week's big promotions, and Ben calls in with Josh Jackson from the road in Las Vegas.
67 min
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#218: D-backs' Alek Thomas
No. 7 Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Alek Thomas joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his Futures Game experience and how he uses his status as a second-round pick as motivation. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the Trade Deadline, and Ben brings tales from his trips to Syracuse and Auburn.
63 min
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#217: Orioles' Grayson Rodriguez
Baltimore Orioles top prospect Grayson Rodriguez talks to Sam from the American League clubhouse at the 2019 Futures Game. Also, Tyler and Sam recap the summer's biggest prospect showcase, and Ben has details on Charleston's Helen McGuckin Night, perhaps the most bizarre promotion of the 2019 season.
50 min
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#216: Brewers' Devin Williams
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Devin Williams joins the show to discuss his journey to this year's All-Star Futures Game. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the Futures Game rosters, and Ben wraps up his trip to Amarillo, Albuquerque and El Paso.
64 min
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#215: Twins' Brent Rooker
Minnesota Twins No. 7 prospect Brent Rooker talks to The Show Before the Show about his All-Star first half at Triple-A Rochester. Also, Tyler and Sam break down Wander Franco's move to Class A Advanced, and MiLB.com's Josh Jackson calls in to discuss Portland's Whoopie Pie promotion.
60 min
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#214: Rays' Chris Betts
Tampa Bay Rays prospect Chris Betts joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his big week that saw him win two Midwest League Home Run Derbies and celebrate both with bat flips for the ages. Also, Tyler and Sam break down who and what stood out in the first half of the season at the Class A and Class A Advanced levels.
52 min
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#213: Triple-A All-Star votes
Tyler and Sam use this week's episode of The Show Before the Show to make their selections on the Triple-A All-Star ballot, presented by the Grilling All-Stars. Also, Ben calls in from his first trip to Amarillo, Texas, where he is taking in all things Sod Poodles.
75 min
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#212: 2019 Draft coverage, Nats' Rutledge
Tyler and Sam break down the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and Kelsie Heneghan joins in with a pre-Draft interview with Nationals first-rounder Jackson Rutledge. Also, Ben provides details on the MiLB Pride initiative.
67 min
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#211: Rangers' Tim Dillard
Texas Rangers righty Tim Dillard joins the show to talk about his record-setting career with Triple-A Nashville, his social media persona and more. Plus, Tyler and Sam preview the 2019 Draft, and Ben has details on on the Rochester Hustlers.
66 min
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#210: Mets' Anthony Kay
Mets No. 7 prospect Anthony Kay joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his impressive start to the season for Double-A Binghamton. Tyler and Sam break down Triple-A Reno's crazy offensive performance earlier this week, and Ben discusses the suite life in Fayetteville.
62 min
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#209: Pirates' Trayvon Robinson
Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Tryavon Robinson joins the show to tell the story of his return to the Minor Leagues after he spent the last three years in independent ball. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the promotions of Keston Hiura and Austin Riley, and Ben says goodbye to the Ben's Biz Blog.
59 min
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#208: Angels' Patrick Sandoval
Los Angeles Angels No. 12 prospect Patrick Sandoval joins The Show Before the Show to talk about building on his 2018 breakout season and his first trip to Triple-A. Also, Tyler and Sam bring news of the return of Alex Kirilloff, and Ben is back with stories from his road trip to Fayetteville, Lynchburg and Richmond.
63 min
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#207: Erie pitching coach Mark Johnson
Double-A Erie pitching coach Mark Johnson joins the podcast to talk about his staff that has already thrown two no-hitters this season, including one by Casey Mize in his Eastern League debut. Also, Tyler and Sam offer picks for April's best performers, and Ben calls in from his first trip to Fayetteville.
57 min
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Emergency Vladcast: The time has arrived
Finally, finally, finally. The game's top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is on his way to the Majors and will debut with the Blue Jays on Friday. Tyler and Sam sound the sirens and do an emergency podcast on what to expect from Vlad Jr.'s arrival in The Show.
25 min
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#206: Red Sox prospect Marcus Wilson
Newest Red Sox prospect Marcus Wilson calls into the podcast to discuss his trade from the D-backs, Tyler and Sam break down Will Benson's four-homer game with Class A Lake County and Ben discusses Omaha's embrace of the Potholes.
71 min
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#205: Brewers' Zack Brown
Milwaukee Brewers No. 6 prospect Zack Brown talks about his transition to Triple-A, Tyler and Sam break down their favorite early-season performances and Ben rolls out his first road trip of 2019.
59 min
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#204: White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo
No. 8 White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo joins the podcast to talk about his early impressions of Double-A and his return from multiple injuries, including the latest that required Tommy John surgery. Also, Tyler and Sam break down first-week standouts, and Ben has details on how Myrtle Beach is honoring local heroes from Hurricane Florence.
64 min
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#203: Opening Night Megacast with MacKenzie Gore
It's the first day of the 2019 Minor League Baseball season! Tyler Maun, Sam Dykstra, Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson celebrate by providing their predictions for best lineups, pitching staffs, overall teams and so much more. Benjamin Hill also has his picks for most intriguing promotions for the year to come. Padres No. 2 prospect MacKenzie Gore joins the show to preview his second full season and his move to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. (It's a packed show, people.)
123 min
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#202: Dodgers' Dustin May
A few days after pitching at Dodger Stadium, No. 69 overall prospect Dustin May joins the show to discuss his impressive spring and proximity to the Majors. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the 2019 Major League season, and Ben brings info on this year's batch of Minor League anniversary logos.
65 min
270
#201: Padres' Todd Van Steensel
Tyler and Sam wrap up their trips to Arizona and Florida, Ben has all the details on the new Copa de la Diversion identities for 2019 and San Diego Padres relief prospect Todd Van Steensel takes us through the arduous life of a Minor League free agent.
72 min
271
#200: Yankees' Trevor Stephan
New York Yankees No. 8 prospect Trevor Stephan talks from Tampa about his time in Major League camp and his expectations for the 2019 season. Sam brings more stories about his Spring Training time in Florida, and both he and Tyler look back on the 200-episode run of The Show Before the Show.
76 min
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#199: Marlins' Connor Scott
Miami Marlins No. 6 prospect Connor Scott provides a breakdown of his first Spring Training and his introduction to the organization's rebuild. Also, Tyler and Sam preview their trips to Arizona and Florida and run down MiLB.com's overall Farm System Rankings.
61 min
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#198: Cubs' Nico Hoerner
Cubs No. 2 prospect Nico Hoerner joins the show to recap an eventful first year in pro ball and look forward to his second season. Also, Tyler and Sam provide early spring storylines, and Ben has details on how Altoona is using an RV to promote ticket sales.
73 min
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#197: Nationals' Sterling Sharp
Washington Nationals No. 9 prospect Sterling Sharp calls into the show from Spring Training to talk about his development as a sinkerballer and his dunking ability. Also, Tyler and Sam break down how the Manny Machado signing affects the Padres farm, and Ben has details on Chattanooga's connection to the K-pop band BTS.
69 min
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#196: Blue Jays' Kevin Smith
Toronto Blue Jays prospect Kevin Smith calls into the show from Dunedin to talk about his start to Spring Training and how he's broken out early in his pro career. Also, Tyler and Sam go over Kyler Murray's decision, and Ben has more details on Hartford's peanut ban.
73 min