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.

#67: Oakland's Ryon Healy
Oakland Athletics prospect Ryon Healy joins the Minor League podcast to discuss his Futures Game experience in San Diego and his breakout 2016 season. Sam and Tyler also break down the first half while Ben talks about potential new names in Lynchburg.
59 min
#66: Futures Game preview
Sam and Tyler take their hands at starting their own farm systems using only players that will appear in this year's All-Star Futures Game while Ben wraps up his trip through the Appalachian League.
53 min
#65: Reds prospect Amir Garrett
Cincinnati Reds No. 4 prospect Amir Garrett joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his upcoming second trip to the Futures Game, his recent transition to Triple-A ball and how he chose baseball over basketball. Tyler and Sam also break down the rest of the Futures Game rosters while Ben calls in from his Appalachian League road trip.
49 min
#64: Mariners' Kyle Lewis
Mariners top pick Kyle Lewis joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his experience entering the 2016 Draft, his dominant time at Mercer and his introduction to pro ball. Sam and Tyler also break down the latest prospect promotions, and Ben previews his upcoming Appalachian League trip.
46 min
#63 Indians first-rounder Will Benson
Before being taken by the Indians in the first round of the 2016 Draft, Will Benson talked with Sam about the Draft process and what type of player he hopes to become. Tyler and Sam also break down the Draft and preview short-season ball. Ben joins to talk top merchandising sales.
48 min
#62: Giants prospect Phil Bickford
With the Major League Draft this week, Giants No. 3 prospect Phil Bickford joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his two Draft experiences as a first-round pick with the Blue Jays in 2013 and with the Giants in 2015. Ben Hill also joins the show for during a packed week for Minor League promos while Sam and Tyler go over what top prospects will hear their names called in the first round of the Draft.
53 min
#61: OKC broadcaster Alex Freedman
Triple-A Oklahoma City broadcaster Alex Freedman joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk Dodgers top prospect Julio Urias and the life of a radio guy in the Pacific Coast League. Ben Hill also discusses dueling Deflategate promos while Sam and Tyler go over the Triple-A All-Star ballot.
56 min
#60: Astros' Alex Bregman
Houston Astros top prospect Alex Bregman calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his incredibly hot start to the 2016 season. Benjamin Hill also stops by to discuss the Class A Advanced Lynchburg name change while Tyler and Sam bring you all the latest news and notes on prospects.
50 min
#59: Toronto prospect Max Pentecost
Toronto Blue Jays prospect Max Pentecost joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his road back from a pair of shoulder surgeries and his start with Class A Lansing. Also, Ben Hill is back from the road to discuss his trip and Binghamton's new name options.
57 min
#58: Ben Hill on the road
Benjamin Hill calls the Minor League Baseball podcast from his road trip through the Carolinas to discuss all the sights and sounds from his first excursion of the 2016 season. Tyler and Sam also break down which organizations have the prospect pieces to possibly even consider a trade for Angels superstar Mike Trout.
59 min
#57: Indianapolis' Stan Kyles
The Triple-A Indianapolis Indians boast one of the most exciting pitching staffs in all of Minor League Baseball, and Indy pitching coach Stan Kyles joins the show to discuss top prospects Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow and more. Plus, Benjamin Hill previews his first road trip of the 2016 season and Sam and Tyler look back on risers and fallers from the first month of the campaign.
49 min
#56: Cubs' Albert Almora
No. 5 Chicago Cubs prospect Albert Almora stops by the latest edition of the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his hot start in Triple-A, how his lengthy resume with USA Baseball helped him prepare for pro ball and more. Plus, Benjamin Hill has all the details on's Food Fight competition and the Beer City Tourists.
48 min
#55: Arizona's Matt Buschmann
It took a decade in the Minor Leagues, but Arizona pitcher Matt Buschmann didn't give up on his dream of playing baseball at the game's highest level. This season, he was rewarded when he made his big league debut with the D-backs. Buschmann joins Tyler and Sam on Episode 55 to discuss his journey, plus Benjamin Hill talks early season promotions and more.
70 min
Special Edition: MiLB Team Songs
Benjamin Hill and Tyler Maun bring you the ear-wormiest episode of The Show Before The Show yet by highlighting some of the best team songs Minor League Baseball has to offer.
62 min
#54: Salem manager Joe Oliver
The Salem Red Sox are loaded for the 2016 Minor League Baseball season, and their manager Joe Oliver joins the 54th episode of The Show Before The Show. Plus, Benjamin Hill gives us his first Promo Watch breakdown of the new campaign, and Sam and Tyler discuss early breakout performances.
45 min
#53: Opening Day Megacast
The Minor League Baseball podcast gets you set for the 2016 season with a packed preview edition. This week's podcast features a host of writers going organization-by-organization through all 30 Minor League systems and noting the season's top storylines.
64 min
#52: Phillies' Jake Thompson
Jake Thompson is part of the core group of talent leading a rejuvenated Philadelphia Phillies system into the 2016 season. He joins this week's edition of the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about being a centerpiece in two trades and more. Plus Sam and Tyler get you set for Opening Day with the latest big player assignments from Spring Training.
60 min
#51: Astros' Rachel Balkovec
Houston Astros Latin America Strength & Conditioning Coach Rachel Balkovic joins Ep. 51 of The Show Before The Show to discuss how she broke into the game as baseball's first-ever female strength and conditioning coach. Benjamin Hill gives the lowdown on the Lehigh Valley Cheesesteaks, and Sam and Tyler talk top systems and what the thaw in relations with Cuba could mean for prospects.
69 min
#50: Brewers' Denson, Rockies' Rodgers
Sam and Tyler are back from Spring Training for the 50th edition of The Show Before The Show. This week, they reflect on the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues, hear from Brewers prospect David Denson and top Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers. Benjamin Hill is back with news about Florida ballparks and more.
69 min
#49: Spring Training Special
Tyler Maun, Sam Dykstra and special guest Josh Jackson bring you stories and interviews from Spring Training in Arizona and Florida including conversations with the Braves' Max Fried, the Brewers' Jacob Nottingham, the Giants' Mac Williamson and more.
62 min
#48: Interview with Mets prospect Dominic Smith
Mets slugger Dominic Smith discusses his unique background as a highly regarded prospect from South-Central Los Angeles. Plus, the lazy river becomes a reality in Frisco, and Sam and Tyler discuss which Minor Leaguer's story would make for an Oscar-worthy movie. It's all in this week's The Show Before the Show Minor League Baseball podcast.
59 min
#47: Interview with Royals prospect Kyle Zimmer
Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer joins the show to discuss his time in big league camp and his hopes for the 2016 season. Plus, Benjamin Hill takes a look at the Fresno Grizzlies' Taco Tuesdays promotion, a baseball fan dedicated to covering lost Minor League no-hitters and more in the latest Minor League Baseball podcast.
58 min
#46: Interview with Cubs prospect Willson Contr...
The Cubs' Willson Contreras, who broke out in 2015 and is now rated the top catching prospect in baseball, joins this week's podcast. Benjamin Hill joins the show to discuss the Great Lakes Loons' new look, the Bowling Green Bootleggers and more. Sam and Tyler talk best pitcher-catcher batteries and more in the Minor League Baseball podcast.
53 min
#45: Athletics prospect Sean Manaea
Current A's and former Royals pitching prospect Sean Manaea joins The Show Before The Show Minor League Baseball podcast to, among other things, explain his Twitter handle (@BABYSMGIRAFFE). Benjamin Hill discusses a former Minor Leaguer making an impact, and Three Strikes takes a look at prospects who could make noise in the presidential race -- if only they were running.
59 min
#44: Interview with Twins phenom Max Kepler
The Twins' Max Kepler --'s No. 44 overall prospect and one of 2015's breakout prospects -- discussed what it was like growing up in Germany as the son of professional dancers and as the rare German athlete to play baseball. Benjamin Hill discusses the future of scheduling in the Minors, a proposed lazy river in Frisco and more.
45 min