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.

#144: Toledo's Kirby Puckett Caper
This is as close to Serial as The Show Before the Show will ever get. The Toledo Mud Hens needed help from the public in identifying Kirby Puckett's number with the club in 1984. Did they get it?
53 min
#143: Marlins' Braxton Garrett
Miami Marlins No. 4 prospect Braxton Garrett calls into this week's podcast to talk about his Tommy John rehab process and his organization's rebuild. Tyler and Sam break down the latest Pirates trades and offer up some pitches on Minor League-inspired Black Mirror episodes.
61 min
#142: SWB radio voice Adam Marco
New Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Adam Marco talks to Ben and Sam about moving up from Class A West Virginia and gives his crack at some home run calls. Also on this week's episode, Tyler and Sam discuss the Gerrit Cole trade that almost was and potential designated hitter prospects.
45 min
#141: Mariners' Evan White
Seattle Mariners first-rounder Evan White joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his first offseason and his work to become a fantastic defender at first base. Tyler and Sam present some of their AL and NL resolutions for 2018, and Ben offers up some of the first promotions of the new year.
65 min
#140: Best of 2017
With the calendar year coming to a close, The Show Before the Show presents some of its best and most memorable interviews from 2017 with some of the game's top prospects and newsmakers.
141 min
#139: Dodgers' Brandon Gomes
Los Angeles Dodgers director of player development Brandon Gomes joins The Show Before the Show podcast to discuss taking over for Gabe Kapler and some of the pitching prospects in the system. Also, Tyler and Sam break down this week's trade between the Giants and Rays, and Ben talks about what he saw on the floor of the Winter Meetings Trade Show.
50 min
#138: It's Winter Meetings time
With the Winter Meetings in full swing, Tyler and Sam come together to talk about Shohei Ohtani's signing with the Angels and the prospect implications in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. Benjamin Hill also joins from Orlando to take you behind the scenes from the Minor League portion of the Meetings. A's special assistant Grady Fuson is this week's guest after he won both the Sheldon "Chief" Bender and Scout of the Year awards for his years working in player development and scouting.
60 min
#137: Blue Jays' Anthony Alford
Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford calls into the show from his winter league stint in Mexico to discuss his time south of the border and his Major League debut. Also, Tyler and Sam go over Kevin Maitan's signing with the Angels, and Ben talks about redesigns in Augusta and Hudson Valley.
63 min
#136: Angels' Michael Hermosillo
Los Angeles Angels prospect Michael Hermosillo joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about how he went from 28th-round pick to 40-man roster member. Tyler and Sam discuss biggest prospect busts, and Ben brings news of the Mexican League's move to Laredo, Texas.
72 min
TSBTS Special: Braves punished
It may be a holiday week, but big news in the world of Minor League Baseball led Tyler and Sam to have an emergency podcast. Major League Baseball hammered the Braves with the loss of 13 prospects Tuesday due to international signing violations. The guys discuss what it means for the organization, players and the future of the international market.
40 min
#135: AFL fantasy draft
The Show Before the Show hosts Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra are joined by's Kelsie Heneghan for a three-team fantasy draft using players from this year's Arizona Fall League. Which team do you think is best?
74 min
#134: Royals' Nick Pratto
This week's Minor League Baseball podcast features remembrances of Roy Halladay, Daniel Flores and Rick Hader (more commonly known as Myron Noodleman). Also, top Royals prospect Nick Pratto joins the show to talk about the start to his pro career.
73 min
#133: Astros' J.B. Bukauskas
Houston Astros first-rounder J.B. Bukauskas calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about watching his new organization's run to the World Series. Tyler and Sam discuss early Arizona Fall League storylines, and Ben will make you hungry with talk of team food names.
56 min
#132: Dodgers' Will Smith
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Will Smith joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his time in the Arizona Fall League while Sam, Tyler and Ben break down how expansion could affect the Minors from player development and business standpoints.
68 min
#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