The Show Before the Show

In "The Show Before the Show," 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.

#131: Arizona Fall League preview
With the Arizona Fall League season starting this week, Tyler and Sam provide their picks for best teams, MVP and potential surprise performers. Ben breaks down the news of a new stadium coming to Las Vegas.
54 min
#130: Orioles' Austin Hays
Baltimore Orioles prospect Austin Hays joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to break down his impressive 2017 season that saw him climb from Class A Advanced Frederick all the way to the big leagues. Tyler and Sam also discuss the toughest picks in this year's MiLBY Awards categories.
64 min
#129: D-backs' Jon Duplantier
Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Jon Duplantier talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his breakout season in which he posted a 1.39 ERA over 136 innings. Sam and Tyler give their positional picks for an All-MiLB Team, and Ben calls in from the Promo Seminar in Greenville.
67 min
#128: Revisiting preseason predictions
Tyler and Sam are joined this week by's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson as they see what went right and what went wrong with their preseason Minor League predictions. Also, Sam spoke to Tampa Bay Rays prospect Jake Bauers before the Triple-A National Championship Game, and Ben gives some of his Crooked Numbers from the 2017 season.
91 min
#127: Twins' Nick Gordon
Minnesota Twins prospect Nick Gordon joins The Show Before the Show to discuss his role in Double-A Chattanooga's run to a Southern League title. Tyler and Sam break down other championship winners, and Ben discusses the Astros' move out of Rookie-level Greeneville.
51 min
#126: Postseason preview
With the 2017 Minor League regular season closing out this week, Sam and Tyler come together to provide their parting thoughts of the season and preview the upcoming playoffs. Andrew Battifarano stops by to discuss his story about Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman, and Ben tells tales of Wilmington's Mr. Celery mascot.
64 min
#125: Pirates' Shane Baz
Pittsburgh Pirates first-rounder Shane Baz joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his home area of Houston and his first season in the Minors. Tyler and Sam discuss Arizona Fall League rosters, and Ben breaks down Erie's "Alternative Facts Night."
65 min
#124: Cubs' Chris Singleton
Chicago Cubs prospect Chris Singleton joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss getting his pro career started two years after his mother was murdered in the Charleston church shooting in 2015. Also, Benjamin Hill returns from the road with stories about his encounters with Bill Murray and Monday's eclipse.
69 min
#123: Tigers' Alex Faedo
Detroit Tigers first-rounder Alex Faedo joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his development as a pitcher at Florida and his heroics in the College World Series. Tyler and Sam discuss the big promotions of Dominic Smith, Rhys Hoskins and Eloy Jimenez, and Ben previews his trip to the Carolinas.
61 min
#122: Reds' Taylor Trammell
Cincinnati Reds prospect Taylor Trammell joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his impressive first full season and when he first knew he was incredibly fast. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the Joe Bauman Home Run Award race, and Ben returns from the road to tell tales from all over the northeast.
72 min
#121: Rangers' Willie Calhoun
Fresh off his move from the Dodgers to the Rangers, No. 69 overall prospect Willie Calhoun joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss the trade, his approach to hitting and when he saw his power make a big jump. Tyler and Sam also break down some of the other big deals from this year's Trade Deadline as well as the promotions of Amed Rosario and Ozzie Albies.
53 min
#120: Updated Top 100 Prospects
On the latest episode of the Minor League Baseball podcast, Tyler and Sam discuss's updated top-100 prospect rankings, Rafael Devers' promotion to the Major Leagues and Potomac's George Costanza promotion. (Jerk Store not included.)
54 min
#119: Astros' Forrest Whitley
Houston Astros prospect Forrest Whitley joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his quick ascension in just his first full professional season. Tyler and Sam break down some of the big trades over the last week, and Ben talks about a conspiracy theory promo in State College.
68 min
#118: Phillies' Scott Kingery
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Scott Kingery talks about his breakout 2017 season from the Futures Game down in Miami. Tyler and Sam also discuss who would win midseason MiLBYs, and Ben has the info on Daytona's Bob Ross bobblehead.
59 min
#117: Dodgers' Alex Verdugo
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo joins the Minor League podcast to discuss his upcoming trip to the Futures Game and his impressive performance with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Tyler and Sam break down the Futures Game rosters, and Ben wraps up his trip through Montana, Idaho and Utah.
61 min
#116: Binghamton skipper Luis Rojas
Double-A Binghamton manager Luis Rojas talks about what advice he's received from his father Felipe Alou and what adjustments skippers have to make as they climb the Minor League ladder. Sam and Tyler break down the Triple-A All-Star rosters, and Ben reports from his road trip through the Mountain Time Zone.
64 min
#115: Rockies' Brendan Rodgers's Josh Jackson caught up with Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers and D-backs pitcher Bud Jeter at the California League All-Star Game. Tyler and Sam discuss Gleyber Torres' season-ending elbow injury and go over when really is the best time to push a prospect to a new level.
71 min
#114: New Angels prospect Jo Adell
Before he went 10th overall to the Los Angeles Angels in the 2017 MLB Draft, outfielder Jo Adell talked to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his work to become a first-rounder. Also on this week's episode, Tyler and Sam break down the rest of the first round, and Ben talks about Albuquerque's move to become the Green Chile Cheeseburgers.
62 min
#113: Padres' Cal Quantrill
With the Draft around the corner, San Diego Padres No. 2 prospect Cal Quantrill joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about going through his Draft process while trying to recover from Tommy John surgery. Tyler and Sam also preview this year's version of the Draft, and Ben discusses Lake Elsinore's latest iteration of GEEKend.
74 min
#112: Brewers' Brandon Woodruff
Brewers No. 8 prospect Brandon Woodruff joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about finding success at Triple-A Colorado Springs and how he grew to become one of the top arms in the Milwaukee system. Sam and Tyler discuss their choices for top May performers, and Ben previews Louisville's tribute to Muhammad Ali.
68 min
#111: Indians' Triston McKenzie
Indians No. 3 prospect Triston McKenzie joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about how he racks up so many strikeouts and how he got the nickname Doc. Sam and Tyler discuss Gleyber Torres' move to Triple-A, and Ben opines on his Topps card set collaboration.
66 min
#110: Ben Hill in California's Benjamin Hill calls in from the road to discuss his trip through the California League with stops at places like Lancaster, Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore. Ben also brings an interview with Storm broadcaster Sean McCall, the so-called dean of the California League. In prospect news, Tyler and Sam break down the recent Major League promotions of Ian Happ and Bradley Zimmer.
61 min
#109: Cardinals' Jack Flaherty
St. Louis Cardinals No. 8 prospect Jack Flaherty joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his hot start in the Texas League that has seen him post a 0.69 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings for Double-A Springfield. Also, Sam and Tyler discuss their favorite on- and off-the-field Minor League stories from the month of May.
65 min
#108: Pirates' John Bormann
Ever wonder what it's like to play in the Majors for just one day? Pirates catcher John Bormann details his whole experience on the latest Minor League Baseball podcast, including how he rushed across the state of Florida to join the Bucs from Class A Advanced Bradenton. Tyler and Sam also give their picks for April's top players and pitchers, and Ben previews his trip to California.
73 min
#107: Oakland's Matt Chapman
Oakland Athletics No. 4 prospect Matt Chapman calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about overcoming his season-starting wrist injury, how he developed power and what the recent prospect promotions from the Pacific Coast League mean to him. Tyler and Sam discuss the ascensions of Cody Bellinger and Christian Arroyo, and Ben looks back on his trip to Frisco.
77 min