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.

#31: Interview with the Mets' Brandon Nimmo
With the Mets in the World Series, Tyler and Sam talk to one of their top prospects, Brandon Nimmo, about watching his parent club in the Fall Classic and what baseball's like in Wyoming.
62 min
#30: Interview with the Pirates' Reese McGuire
Pittsburgh catching prospect Reese McGuire joins the show to discuss how he's become a top defender and his experience thus far in the Arizona Fall League. In light of the Cubs' elimination, Ben joins Tyler and Sam to consider the Minors' longest championship droughts.
46 min
#29: A's instructional coach Justine Siegal
Justine Siegal became the first female coach in MLB history this month. She joins the show from A's instructional league in Arizona. That and more in the latest episode.
60 min
#28: Announcing 2015 MiLBYs nominees
Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra announce and break down nominees for the 2015 MiLBY awards. Ben Hill joins later to talk about the Promo Seminar and the Promo of the Year award.
73 min
#27: Interview with Rays No. 2 prospect Blake S...
Tampa Bay's No. 2 prospect, Blake Snell, joins the show to look back on another breakout year, plus Ben Hill checks in from the Minor League Promo Seminar in Columbus.
52 min
#26: Kelsie Heneghan from the Triple-A Champion...'s Kelsie Heneghan joins the show from El Paso to recap Fresno's victory in the Triple-A Championship Game. Benjamin Hill also talks to Tyler and Sam about both sides of the Pawtucket stadium debate now that the original plans for a Providence ballpark have fallen through. That and more storylines from the end of the 2015 season.
55 min
#25: Interview with Astros prospect A.J. Reed
After winning the Minor League home run crown, 2014 Golden Spikes Award winner and No. 5 Astros prospect A.J. Reed joins the show to talk about his explosive season. That and a breakdown of top prospects in the playoffs and Benjamin Hill joins to talk postseason promotions in this week's episode.
49 min
#24: Interview with D-backs' Dansby Swanson
Tyler and Sam have a sweeping conversation with the top pick in the 2015 Draft, the D-backs' Dansby Swanson. He talks Vandy in the College World Series, getting picked No. 1, moving to shortstop, his interest in Forrest Gump's Lieutenant Dan and more.
66 min
#23: On September call-ups and Fall League rosters
Sept. 1 marked one of the milestone days of the season, one in which many prospects were promoted while others learned they'd be headed to the Fall League in October. That plus Ben Hill on his New England road trip and more in this week's episode.
48 min
#22: Interview with Rockies SS prospect Trevor ...
Along with the usual analysis and frivolity from Tyler Maun, Sam Dykstra and Ben Hill, Rockies shortstop prospect Trevor Story stops by to discuss, among other things, how the Troy Tulowitzki trade has opened a door for him
60 min
#21: Billy Bean talks Denson, inclusion in base...
Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra have an extended conversation with MLB Ambassador of Inclusion Billy Bean on David Denson's historic announcement this weekend. Tune in for that plus typically insightful prospect analysis as well as more from Ben Hill on his recent ballpark trip to the South.
70 min
#20: Evaluating's midseason top 100
Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra break down MLB Pipeline's re-ranked top 100 prospects with an eye on notable risers. Plus Ben Hill has returned from a sweltering road trip in the South with tales to tell.
45 min
#19: Trade Deadline prospect analysis
With a flurry of deals at the MLB Trade Deadline, Jake, Sam and Tyler discuss the trades they thought led to the best prospect returns. Plus, how long must we wait to declare winners and losers?
58 min
#18: Talking Boston prospects with Greenville's...
Jake, Tyler and Sam Dykstra talk about some of the trades that are making this deadline hot. They also bring in Greenville manager Darren Fenster to discuss the glut of exciting Red Sox prospects he's working with this year. All that plus Ben Hill checks in from steamy New Orleans.
56 min
#17: Tacos and second-half debuts
With the Trade Deadline approaching, Jake and Tyler talk prospects who could debut soon plus the Fresno Tacos and more crossover promotions.
49 min
#16: Interview with M's prospect Patrick Kivlehan
Mariners third baseman Patrick Kivlehan joins this podcast episode from Toronto, where he's playing with Team USA in the Pan Am Games.
45 min
#15: Interview with Twins' Adam Brett Walker II
Twins slugger Adam Brett Walker II talks about the factors behind his huge season. Tyler and Jake also discuss the Touki Toussaint velocity controversy and other top storylines from around the Minors.
58 min
#14: Interviews with Rays' Honeywell
Tyler and Jake are joined by No. 7 Rays prospect Brent Honeywell and and pitcher Sean Conroy, pro baseball's first openly gay player.
46 min
#13.5: Interview with Rockies top pick Rodgers
In a special edition of The Show Before The Show, Tyler and Jake chat with top Rockies selection Brendan Rodgers before his pro debut.
17 min
#13: Trading Touki plus awareness promotions
Tyler and Jake discuss Arizona's surprising trade of 2014 first-rounder Touki Toussaint to Atlanta, plus they talk LGBT Minor League promotions and more.
45 min
#12: Talking Dodgers with Razor Shines
Tyler and Jake welcome Tulsa manager Razor Shines to go in depth on Dodgers prospects. Ben Hill explains what "Wackramento" means. Also, which recently promoted prospects have the brightest futures? Plus, short-season leagues are set to begin.
62 min
#4: Interview with Mark Appel, Astros pitching ...
Tyler and Jake have an extended conversation with Astros colorful pitching prospect Mark Appel; plus Ben Hill returns to discuss his first 2015 road trip and what to expect from the latest MLB callups like the Cubs' Addison Russell.
64 min
#2: Durham manager Jared Sandberg
The Bulls' Jared Sandberg joins the podcast to chat Rays prospects, plus what to watch on Opening Day and Ben Hill on designated eaters.
59 min
#1: Spring Training visits
Tyler Maun and Jake Seiner discuss their Spring Training treks and talk MiLB road trips with Ben Hill and Prospect Primers with Sam Dykstra.
59 min
#5: Hitting coach Desi Wilson talks Cubs prospects
Tyler and Jake talk Cubs offensive prospects with Tennessee Smokies hitting coach Desi Wilson. They also discuss top ballpark promos with Ben Hill and hot starts from the Brewers' Orlando Arcia and others.
57 min