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.

#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
#3: Bryant, Gallo and upswing
Tyler Maun on Kris Bryant and Joey Gallo growing up together; Jake Seiner with Yankees pitcher Chris Smith; Ben Hill with a Bradenton employee who delivered a baby at the ballpark.
50 min
#7: Astros' Radison on Correa, other Houston pr...
Tyler and Jake interview Dan Radison, the Corpus Christi Hooks' hitting coach, to discuss top Astros prospect Carlos Correa as well as the other precocious Houston hitters Radison has mentored. Tyler also considers the danger of Minor League bus rides in the wake of the Carolina Mudcats crash, Ben Hill joins with his crookedest number of the week and the guys have the latest on the most important storylines in Minor League Baseball.
54 min
#6: Frank Viola on Mets pitching prospects
Las Vegas pitching coach Frank Viola gives his insight on Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and other Mets pitching prospects, Sam Dykstra chats Cubs prospect versatility with Tyler and Jake, plus analysis of the Twins' Byron Buxton, Reds' Philip Ervin and more.
45 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
#11: Interview with Draft prospect Garrett Whit...
It's MLB Draft week, and Jake was in Secaucus to witness the first round and talk to some of the picks. We have an interview with Rays first-rounder Garrett Whitley, plus Jake and Tyler on recent callups, the latest happenings in the Minors and a chat with's Benjamin Hill.
65 min
#10: Interview with Blue Jays prospect Jeff Hof...
Tyler and Jake chat with Toronto righty Jeff Hoffman, who has recently returned from Tommy John surgery to pitch well in the Florida State League. They also discuss the ugly injury for the Rockies' David Dahl and Joey Gallo's call-up to the Rangers. Finally, they bring in Ben Hill to chat about Lehigh Valley's obsession with bacon.
56 min
#9: Interview with Nats prospect Lucas Giolito
Tyler and Jake have an interesting conversation with baseball's top pitching prospect -- the Nationals' Lucas Giolito. In addition, they discuss the no-longer-streaking (but still dominant) Rays pitcher Blake Snell and the debut of Blue Jays' fireballer Jeff Hoffman. They also check in with Ben Hill on his Midwest road trip.
49 min
#8: Super Moncada and Super Two discussion
Red Sox phenom Yoan Moncada made his stateside debut this week. Jake and Tyler discussed Moncada's impact and potential, plus the emergence of Dodgers righty Jose De Leon. They also bring in Sam Dykstra to help explain the often-confounding Super Two deadline and its impact on prospect callups.
32 min