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.

#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
#106: Charlotte manager Mark Grudzielanek
Triple-A Charlotte manager Mark Grudzielanek joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his loaded squad that features five of the top seven prospects in the White Sox system. (He also discusses Skee ball and his appearance on Saturday Night Live.) Sam and Tyler expound on what Starling Marte's suspension could mean for top Pirates prospect Austin Meadows, and Ben previews his trip to Frisco.
68 min
#105: Rangers' Jose Trevino
Rangers No. 7 prospect Jose Trevino calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast from the Double-A Frisco bus to discuss a loaded RoughRiders pitching staff and his work to become an impressive defensive catcher and leader behind the plate. Tyler and Sam break down the first week's standouts, and Ben previews the best upcoming Minor League promos, including Daytona's unique Jackie Robinson tribute.
67 min
#104: Season preview featuring Cubs' Ian Happ
Tyler and Sam are joined by's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson to offer up their predictions for the 2017 Minor League Baseball season. Cubs No. 2 prospect Ian Happ is this week's guest to discuss how his productive spring led to him being pushed to Triple-A Iowa, and Ben previews the first week of Minor League promotions.
78 min
#103: Israel/Hartford manager Jerry Weinstein
Fresh off his stint as Team Israel's manager during the World Baseball Classic, Double-A Hartford manager Jerry Weinstein joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his club's surprising run through the WBC, his expectations for the Yard Goats in 2017 and why he could never have managed the club last season. Also, Tyler and Sam continue to get you primed for Opening Day while Ben previews two more of his upcoming road trips.
73 min
#102: Phils', Canada's Pivetta
Phillies No. 12 prospect Nick Pivetta joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his experience pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and his preparation for the 2017 season. Tyler and Sam also get you set for's Prospect Primer series, and Ben previews where he'll be hitting the road in the coming months.
72 min
#101: This Minor League Life
This week's Minor League Baseball podcast is a special one, not just because Tyler, Sam and guest host Josh Jackson bring you Spring Training interviews from top overall prospect/Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, No. 5 White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer, No. 9 Braves prospect Max Fried and No. 6 Rangers prospect Joe Palumbo. No, it's special because this week's episode takes a little different format than the previous 100 episodes. (We hope you're proud, Ira Glass.)
53 min
#100: Yankees' Kyle Higashioka
Yankees catching prospect Kyle Higashioka talks about playing in Major League camp as a member of the 40-man roster and how he plans on continuing his 2016 power surge. Tyler and Sam preview their own Spring Training trips and discuss the latest in's Farm System Rankings.
55 min
#99: MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis senior writer Jim Callis joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his site's prospect ranking lists and how he evaluates the Minor League talent pool entering the 2017 season. Tyler and Sam have a great debate on which farm system has the better pitching group between the White Sox and the Braves, and Ben discusses the life of longtime Norfolk general manager Dave Rosenfield following the news of his death.
74 min
#98: Rays' Willy Adames
Rays top prospect Willy Adames calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast from Spring Training to discuss his baseball roots in the Dominican Republic and what he needs to do to make the jump to Tampa Bay soon. Tyler and Sam start breaking down's Farm System Rankings, and Ben rounds up what he learned about rebranding this offseason.
73 min
#97: Orioles' Hunter Harvey
Orioles No. 3 prospect Hunter Harvey joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his injury history and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Tyler and Sam preview some Spring Training storylines, and Ben discusses a strange Valentine's Day promo in Myrtle Beach.
67 min
#96: Giants' Tyler Beede
Top Giants prospect Tyler Beede calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his roots in Massachusetts and Vanderbilt and what he needs to do in 2017 to jump to the Majors. Tyler and Sam also discuss the new GCL and AZL extra-inning proposal, and Ben looks back at 2016 attendance numbers.
73 min