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.

#43: Interview with logo designer Todd Radom
Graphic designer Todd Radom joins the show to discuss his redesigns of the Southern and Appalachian League logos, his nearly three decades producing iconic designs and much more. Tyler and Sam also discuss the reveal of's top 100 prospects.
58 min
#42: On Devenski and more with's Heneghan's Kelsie Heneghan joins Tyler and Sam to talk about the interesting journey of Astros pitching prospect Chris Devenski. That plus an early look at the top prospects by position and more in this week's episode.
59 min
#41: Talking Mariners with Andy McKay
Andy McKay has joined the Mariners from the Rockies as Seattle's new farm director. He joins the podcast to talk about the M's system, his plan for its development and the mental approach to the game. That plus more from Tyler, Sam and Ben Hill.
66 min
#40: Talking Reds with Jagielo, Graupe
The Reds have been active this winter, trying to bolster their system via trade. Tyler and Sam talk to one of those acquisitions, third baseman Eric Jagielo, as well as Cincy's director of player development Jeff Graupe.
66 min
#39: Previewing the 2016 NL
After covering the AL last week, Sam and Tyler look at how New Year's goals will stack up for National League teams in the 2016 season.
52 min
#38: Previewing the 2016 AL
Sam and Tyler look at how holiday wish lists and New Year's goals will stack up for American League teams in the 2016 season.
47 min
#37: Interview with the Braves' Aaron Blair
In the offseason's biggest trade to date, righty Aaron Blair was dealt to Atlanta as part of the package for Shelby Miller,. Tyler and Sam talked with Blair about how he found out, what the 2015 season was like and what's ahead for him as a Brave.
61 min
#36: Analyzing the Rule 5 Draft, Winter Meeting...
Tyler and Sam recap Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, where dozens of players changed teams. They also hear from Ben Hill, who was at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.
56 min
#35: Interview with MiLB homer king Hessman
After announcing his retirement last week, all-time Minor League home run king Mike Hessman joins Tyler and Sam to talk about his illustrious career and what's next for him.
41 min
#34: Interview with new Braves lefty Sean Newcomb
Sam speaks with pitching prospect Sean Newcomb, the biggest piece heading to Atlanta from the Angels in the Andrelton Simmons trade. Ben Hill joins to discuss logo changes and rebrands across the Minors, and Tyler and Sam talk about the Padres' prospect return in the Craig Kimbrel deal.
68 min
#33: Interview with the Brewers' Brett Phillips
Milwaukee's No. 2 prospect Brett Phillips talks to Tyler in Taiwan as he plays for Team USA at the Premier12 tournament. Tyler and Sam also form their Arizona Fall League dream teams with their own fun draft.
74 min
#32: Interview with the Orioles' Dylan Bundy
Baltimore's No. 2 prospect Dylan Bundy made the Majors a year out of the Draft but has been derailed by injuries since. He talks to Tyler from the Arizona Fall League. That and plenty more from Sam and Ben Hill.
60 min
#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