The Show Before the Show

In "The Show Before the Show," MiLB.com 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.

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Episode 265: Why we love Minor League Baseball
With the news now official that the 2020 Minor League Baseball season has been canceled, we hear from a dozen top prospects as well as every MiLB.com writer on what makes the Minor Leagues so special to all of us.
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Episode 264: Discussing MLB's planned return
Tyler and Sam open this week's edition of The Show Before the Show with a full discussion on the impending return of Major League Baseball and what it will mean for top prospects. Also, Benjamin Hill shares an inspiring Father's Day story from Double-A Mississippi, and MiLB.com's Gerard Gilberto talks about prospects that are still awaiting their comebacks after injury-riddled 2019 seasons.
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Episode 263: Royals' Bobby Witt Jr.
Royals top prospect Bobby Witt Jr. joins this week's The Show Before the Show to share memories of his experience going second overall in the 2019 Draft and those of growing up with his Major League pitcher father of the same name. Also, Benjamin Hill discusses the Staten Island Yankees' ties to the latest Judd Apatow and Pete Davidson movie, and MiLB.com's Brian Stultz tells the tale of Indians pick Tanner Burns and his dad Mike.
64 min
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Episode 262: Draft recap, Orioles' Adley Rutschman
Tyler and Sam recap what was surprising and what wasn't from the first round of this year's First-Year Player Draft. Speaking of the Draft, Nationwide ambassador and last year's first overall pick Adley Rutschman swings by to discuss the process that took him to the Orioles system and his first experiences in the Minor Leagues. Also, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Adam Giardino discusses The Black Play-by-Play Broadcaster Grant initiative, and Benjamin Hill shares some fun facts from the California League.
87 min
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Episode 261: 2020 Draft preview, Marlins' JJ Bl...
Tyler and Sam preview the 2020 First-Year Player Draft coming this week on Wednesday and Thursday by touching on the new five-round format and the likelihood that Spencer Torkelson goes first overall. Also, Marlins No. 2 prospect JJ Bleday joins the show to discuss his Draft experience from last year and his early tastes of pro ball.
40 min
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Episode 260: Royals' Nick Heath, Mariners' Jarr...
Kansas City Royals No. 26 prospect Nick Heath talks extensively on life in the wake of George Floyd's death, peaceful protests, the ways he uses his platform for good and his career in baseball. Seattle Mariners top prospect and Nationwide ambassador Jarred Kelenic also breaks down his road toward the Major Leagues, and MiLB.com's Benjamin Hill details how the Rocky Mountain Vibes have found a new way to draw fans safely to the ballpark.
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Episode 259: Dodgers' Josiah Gray
Los Angeles Dodgers No. 3 prospect Josiah Gray joins The Show Before the Show to discuss his preparations in Arizona, his past as a Division II two-way player and his proximity to the Majors. Also, Ben brings some Southern League fun facts, and MiLB.com's Andrew Battifarano shares the Minor League history of NHL legend Doug Harvey.
68 min
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Episode 258: Royals' Kris Bubic
Sixth-ranked Kansas City Royals prospect Kris Bubic joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his big-game experience and the growth that made him the 2019 Minor League leader in strikeouts. Also, Benjamin Hill brings some Eastern League fun facts to the podcast, and MiLB.com's Jordan Wolf discusses the forgotten story of Minor League legend Elliot Bigelow.
74 min
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Episode 257: Rockies' Ryan Vilade
Fourth-ranked Colorado Rockies prospect Ryan Vilade joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his improved hitting in 2019 and his hope to find a defensive home in Denver. Also, Benjamin Hill brings Pacific Coast League facts and opens a set of Major League cards from 1988 on air, and Josh Jackson dives into the history of the Miami Sun Sox.
86 min
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Episode 256: Giants' Sean Hjelle
Ninth-ranked San Francisco Giants prospect Sean Hjelle joins this week's The Show Before the Show episode to discuss what's made him an effective pitcher at 6-foot-11 and how he's climbed through the ranks toward the Bay Area. Also, Ben brings some International League fun facts from his latest MiLB.com piece, and Gerard Gilberto goes deeper into his story on New York Mets pitching prospect Tommy Wilson and his father who you might know as Biff Tannen.
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Episode 255: Astros' Korey Lee
Houston Astros No. 8 prospect Korey Lee calls into The Show Before the Show to talk about how water polo may have made him a better catcher and what it's like to play as himself in MLB The Show 20. Also, Benjamin Hill brings Minor League book recommendations, and Josh Jackson tells the tale of the long-gone Fort Worth Cats.
56 min
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Episode 254: Top Prospect Team Draft
Sam and Tyler draft their teams for an upcoming simulated prospect showdown on MLB The Show 20. Plus, Benjamin Hill comes on this week to talk about how fans can join the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and MiLB.com's Andrew Battifarano tells the tale of Minor League legend Buzz Arlett.
63 min
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Episode 253: Reds' Tyler Stephenson
Third-ranked Cincinnati Reds prospect Tyler Stephenson joins the podcast to talk about how he's staying sharp and what it was like being in Spring Training as a member of the 40-man roster. Also, Benjamin Hill shares the promos that would have been from this week, and MiLB.com's Michael Avallone gets into his story of how Dave Hoskins broke the Texas League color barrier.
70 min
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Episode 252: Rangers' Josh Jung
Top Texas Rangers prospect Josh Jung joins the show for a lengthy discussion of the start to his pro career and the circumstances of 2020. Also, Tyler and Sam share memories of Opening Days past, and Ben brings more Minor League staffers' work-from-home stories.
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Episode 251: MiLB.com's Hill, Heneghan, Avallone
Three MiLB.com writers join the show this week. Benjamin Hill is here with updates from Minor League front-office staffers and their work-from-home situations. Kelsie Heneghan joins to tell the legend of Jackie Mitchell and her strikeouts of both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Michael Avallone discusses how former Mariners prospect Adam Law is doing his part to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
57 min
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Episode 250: The ICYMI Episode
MiLB.com writers Andrew Battifarano, Michael Avallone and Rob Terranova join the show to talk about some of their top stories from the offseason. Plus, Benjamin Hill discusses how Minor League teams are adapting to the delayed season.
60 min
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Episode 249: D-backs' Kristian Robinson
Top Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Kristian Robinson joins The Show Before the Show to talk about how coronavirus protocols have affected his last week and what he did to make a jump in 2019. Also, Benjamin Hill is back with a discussion on baseball movies, and MiLB.com's Rob Terranova brings some background on his feature about White Sox hard-throwing prospect Zack Burdi's return to the mound.
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#248: Top Twins prospect Royce Lewis
Top Minnesota Twins prospect -- and baseball's No. 9 overall -- Royce Lewis joins the show from Spring Training in Florida plus early reassignment updates and more.
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#247: MiLB.com's Katie Woo and Josh Jackson
MiLB.com writers Katie Woo and Josh Jackson, Katie from Spring Training in Arizona and Josh to discuss his story on the 2020 Hometown Collection plus a look at overall farm system rankings and more.
65 min
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#246: Early Spring Storylines
Sam and Tyler discuss some early news from Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida plus Benjamin Hill joins the show.
46 min
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#245: Blue Jays' Woods Richardson
Sixth-ranked Blue Jays prospect Simeon Woods Richardson joins the show plus big league camps we're keeping an eye on and 26th roster spot impact.
65 min
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#244: New York Yankees No. 5 prospect Clarke Sc...
Fifth-ranked Yankees prospect Clarke Schmidt joins the show from the early days of big league camp plus listener questions and more.
75 min
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#243: Pittsburgh Pirates No. 8 prospect Brennan...
Eighth-ranked Pirates prospect Brennan Malone joins the show plus reaction to the Mookie Betts trade and its potential impact on prospects.
61 min
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#242: St. Louis Cardinals No. 17 prospect Trejy...
St. Louis Cardinals No. 17 prospect Trejyn Fletcher joins the show heading into his first full season plus Benjamin Hill on defunct ballparks and a discussion of MLB Pipeline's new Top 100 list.
71 min
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#241: Everett AquaSox manager Louis Boyd
Class A Short Season Everett manager Louis Boyd talks about his new gig coming at just 25 years old plus Hall of Fame discussion with Sam and Tyler and Benjamin Hill on all 2020's new logos.
65 min
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#240: Checking in around MiLB.com
MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson join the show. Kelsie talks about some of the best-selling hats in the Minors while Josh dives into his wild longform two-part series on the 1919 Vernon Tigers. Plus Sam and Tyler on the Astros' punishment and Benjamin Hill on Winston-Salem's new look and more.
74 min
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#239: No. 13 Atlanta prospect Tucker Davidson
Atlanta's 13th-ranked prospect Tucker Davidson joins the first show of 2020 plus a look at resolutions and prospect projections.
56 min
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#238: Detroit Tigers No. 4 prospect Tarik Skubal
Fourth-ranked Detroit Tigers prospect Tarik Skubal joins the show to talk about his breakout first full season plus a look back at the Rule 5 Draft and trades.
58 min
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#237: Live from the Winter Meetings in San Diego
Sam Dykstra, Benjamin Hill, and Fort Wayne TinCaps broadcaster John Nolan join this week's show from the Baseball Winter Meetings in San Diego
54 min
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#236: Chicago Cubs No. 3 prospect Brennen Davis
Third-ranked Chicago Cubs prospect Brennen Davis joins the show plus a Winter Meetings preview and rebrand breakdowns with Benjamin Hill.
71 min
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#235: Washington Nationals No. 15 prospect Ben ...
Washington Nationals No. 15 prospect Ben Braymer joins the show to discuss being added to his team's 40-man roster plus Benjamin Hill on new ballparks for 2020 and more.
65 min
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#234: Top Phillies prospect Alec Bohm from Tokyo
Philadelphia Phillies top prospect and USA Baseball third baseman Alec Bohm joins the show from the Premier12 tournament in Tokyo, plus a look at the first unveiling of Copa de la Diversi├│n for 2020.
51 min
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#233: Hot Stove preview
Sam and Tyler take a look at prospects currently in action in the Premier12 tournament abroad plus a preview of what the hot stove could mean for top talent in the Minors
60 min
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#232: Seattle Mariners No. 3 prospect Logan Gil...
Third-ranked Mariners prospect Logan Gilbert joins the show plus a look at MiLBY nominees and Kannapolis' new identity.
61 min
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#231: Angels No. 2 prospect Brandon Marsh
Second-ranked Angels prospect Brandon Marsh joins the show from his torrid Arizona Fall League stay plus a look at homegrown talent in the LCS and Benjamin Hill on an upcoming promo series.
61 min
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#230: Marlins prospect Nick Neidert
Miami's No. 11 prospect Nick Neidert joins the show from the Arizona Fall League plus Benjamin Hill on the offseason's first rebrands
63 min
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#229: Preseason Predictions Review
Sam, Tyler, Josh and Kelsie look back on their preseason projections for the 2019 campaign plus Benjamin Hill on upcoming rebrands and more.
91 min
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#228: Red Sox's Tanner Houck
No. 5 Red Sox prospect Tanner Houck discusses his move to a starting role in the AFL. Tyler and Sam talk about prospect BABIP in 2019.
64 min
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#227: MiLB Postseason Recap
The Minor League playoffs are in the books and we recap them with a visit from Columbus' Daniel Johnson at the Triple-A National Championship Game plus an AFL preview and much more.
63 min
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#226: Mets prospect Matthew Allan
Fourth-ranked Mets prospect Matthew Allan joins the show to discuss his whirlwind first year in pro ball plus a playoff recap, Benjamin Hill and more.
67 min
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#225: Phillies No. 3 Bryson Stott
Third-ranked Philadelphia Phillies prospect Bryson Stott joins the show to talk about his debut season in the Minors plus a Triple-A playoff preview and more.
64 min
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#224: Postseason Preview
Sam and Tyler preview the Minor League postseason plus potential September call-ups and the Arizona Fall League. Plus Benjamin Hill joins the show from the road.
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#223: A's prospect Sean Murphy
Oakland A's No. 3 prospect Sean Murphy joins the show upon his return to Triple-A Las Vegas plus a look at stories to watch in the season's final few weeks.
58 min
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#222: Dodgers prospect DJ Peters
No. 13 Los Angeles Dodgers prospect DJ Peters joins The Show Before the Show to talk about an exciting Triple-A Oklahoma City team as well as his transition to the Minors' top level. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the Joe Bauman Home Run Award race, and Ben brings details on how Double-A Amarillo is going to bat for the family of pitcher Lake Bachar.
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#222: Dodgers prospect DJ Peters
Dodgers No. 13 prospect DJ Peters joins the show to discuss his impressive season with Triple-A Oklahoma City plus a look at record chases in the season's final month.
49 min
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#221: Reds prospect Jameson Hannah
Reds No. 10 prospect Jameson Hannah calls into the show to talk about his transition from the A's system following a trade last week. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the final month of the 2019 season, and Ben offers perspective on the culinary delights of the new park in Las Vegas.
67 min
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#220: Trade Deadline breakdown
Tyler and Sam recap a busy Trade Deadline that saw several prospects move to new organizations before 4 p.m. ET on July 31. Also, Ben is back from his road trips to Las Vegas and Fresno. He shares a story about one very special promotion in Jacksonville.
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#219: Cleveland's Ethan Hankins
No. 9 Cleveland Indians prospect Ethan Hankins joins The Show Before the Show to break down his impressive season at Class A Short Season Mahoning Valley. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the week's big promotions, and Ben calls in with Josh Jackson from the road in Las Vegas.
67 min
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#218: D-backs' Alek Thomas
No. 7 Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Alek Thomas joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his Futures Game experience and how he uses his status as a second-round pick as motivation. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the Trade Deadline, and Ben brings tales from his trips to Syracuse and Auburn.
63 min
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#217: Orioles' Grayson Rodriguez
Baltimore Orioles top prospect Grayson Rodriguez talks to Sam from the American League clubhouse at the 2019 Futures Game. Also, Tyler and Sam recap the summer's biggest prospect showcase, and Ben has details on Charleston's Helen McGuckin Night, perhaps the most bizarre promotion of the 2019 season.
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#216: Brewers' Devin Williams
Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Devin Williams joins the show to discuss his journey to this year's All-Star Futures Game. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the Futures Game rosters, and Ben wraps up his trip to Amarillo, Albuquerque and El Paso.
64 min
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#215: Twins' Brent Rooker
Minnesota Twins No. 7 prospect Brent Rooker talks to The Show Before the Show about his All-Star first half at Triple-A Rochester. Also, Tyler and Sam break down Wander Franco's move to Class A Advanced, and MiLB.com's Josh Jackson calls in to discuss Portland's Whoopie Pie promotion.
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#214: Rays' Chris Betts
Tampa Bay Rays prospect Chris Betts joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his big week that saw him win two Midwest League Home Run Derbies and celebrate both with bat flips for the ages. Also, Tyler and Sam break down who and what stood out in the first half of the season at the Class A and Class A Advanced levels.
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#213: Triple-A All-Star votes
Tyler and Sam use this week's episode of The Show Before the Show to make their selections on the Triple-A All-Star ballot, presented by the Grilling All-Stars. Also, Ben calls in from his first trip to Amarillo, Texas, where he is taking in all things Sod Poodles.
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#212: 2019 Draft coverage, Nats' Rutledge
Tyler and Sam break down the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, and Kelsie Heneghan joins in with a pre-Draft interview with Nationals first-rounder Jackson Rutledge. Also, Ben provides details on the MiLB Pride initiative.
67 min
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#211: Rangers' Tim Dillard
Texas Rangers righty Tim Dillard joins the show to talk about his record-setting career with Triple-A Nashville, his social media persona and more. Plus, Tyler and Sam preview the 2019 Draft, and Ben has details on on the Rochester Hustlers.
66 min
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#210: Mets' Anthony Kay
Mets No. 7 prospect Anthony Kay joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his impressive start to the season for Double-A Binghamton. Tyler and Sam break down Triple-A Reno's crazy offensive performance earlier this week, and Ben discusses the suite life in Fayetteville.
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#209: Pirates' Trayvon Robinson
Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand Tryavon Robinson joins the show to tell the story of his return to the Minor Leagues after he spent the last three years in independent ball. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the promotions of Keston Hiura and Austin Riley, and Ben says goodbye to the Ben's Biz Blog.
59 min
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#208: Angels' Patrick Sandoval
Los Angeles Angels No. 12 prospect Patrick Sandoval joins The Show Before the Show to talk about building on his 2018 breakout season and his first trip to Triple-A. Also, Tyler and Sam bring news of the return of Alex Kirilloff, and Ben is back with stories from his road trip to Fayetteville, Lynchburg and Richmond.
63 min
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#207: Erie pitching coach Mark Johnson
Double-A Erie pitching coach Mark Johnson joins the podcast to talk about his staff that has already thrown two no-hitters this season, including one by Casey Mize in his Eastern League debut. Also, Tyler and Sam offer picks for April's best performers, and Ben calls in from his first trip to Fayetteville.
57 min
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Emergency Vladcast: The time has arrived
Finally, finally, finally. The game's top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is on his way to the Majors and will debut with the Blue Jays on Friday. Tyler and Sam sound the sirens and do an emergency podcast on what to expect from Vlad Jr.'s arrival in The Show.
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#206: Red Sox prospect Marcus Wilson
Newest Red Sox prospect Marcus Wilson calls into the podcast to discuss his trade from the D-backs, Tyler and Sam break down Will Benson's four-homer game with Class A Lake County and Ben discusses Omaha's embrace of the Potholes.
71 min
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#205: Brewers' Zack Brown
Milwaukee Brewers No. 6 prospect Zack Brown talks about his transition to Triple-A, Tyler and Sam break down their favorite early-season performances and Ben rolls out his first road trip of 2019.
59 min
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#204: White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo
No. 8 White Sox prospect Micker Adolfo joins the podcast to talk about his early impressions of Double-A and his return from multiple injuries, including the latest that required Tommy John surgery. Also, Tyler and Sam break down first-week standouts, and Ben has details on how Myrtle Beach is honoring local heroes from Hurricane Florence.
64 min
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#203: Opening Night Megacast with MacKenzie Gore
It's the first day of the 2019 Minor League Baseball season! Tyler Maun, Sam Dykstra, Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson celebrate by providing their predictions for best lineups, pitching staffs, overall teams and so much more. Benjamin Hill also has his picks for most intriguing promotions for the year to come. Padres No. 2 prospect MacKenzie Gore joins the show to preview his second full season and his move to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. (It's a packed show, people.)
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#202: Dodgers' Dustin May
A few days after pitching at Dodger Stadium, No. 69 overall prospect Dustin May joins the show to discuss his impressive spring and proximity to the Majors. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the 2019 Major League season, and Ben brings info on this year's batch of Minor League anniversary logos.
65 min
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#201: Padres' Todd Van Steensel
Tyler and Sam wrap up their trips to Arizona and Florida, Ben has all the details on the new Copa de la Diversion identities for 2019 and San Diego Padres relief prospect Todd Van Steensel takes us through the arduous life of a Minor League free agent.
72 min
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#200: Yankees' Trevor Stephan
New York Yankees No. 8 prospect Trevor Stephan talks from Tampa about his time in Major League camp and his expectations for the 2019 season. Sam brings more stories about his Spring Training time in Florida, and both he and Tyler look back on the 200-episode run of The Show Before the Show.
76 min
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#199: Marlins' Connor Scott
Miami Marlins No. 6 prospect Connor Scott provides a breakdown of his first Spring Training and his introduction to the organization's rebuild. Also, Tyler and Sam preview their trips to Arizona and Florida and run down MiLB.com's overall Farm System Rankings.
61 min
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#198: Cubs' Nico Hoerner
Cubs No. 2 prospect Nico Hoerner joins the show to recap an eventful first year in pro ball and look forward to his second season. Also, Tyler and Sam provide early spring storylines, and Ben has details on how Altoona is using an RV to promote ticket sales.
73 min
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#197: Nationals' Sterling Sharp
Washington Nationals No. 9 prospect Sterling Sharp calls into the show from Spring Training to talk about his development as a sinkerballer and his dunking ability. Also, Tyler and Sam break down how the Manny Machado signing affects the Padres farm, and Ben has details on Chattanooga's connection to the K-pop band BTS.
69 min
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#196: Blue Jays' Kevin Smith
Toronto Blue Jays prospect Kevin Smith calls into the show from Dunedin to talk about his start to Spring Training and how he's broken out early in his pro career. Also, Tyler and Sam go over Kyler Murray's decision, and Ben has more details on Hartford's peanut ban.
73 min
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#195: Phillies-Marlins blockbuster
Tyler and Sam break down Thursday's big trade that sent top prospect Sixto Sanchez to the Marlins and All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto to the Phillies while Ben brings news from a big week in promo announcements.
57 min
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#194: Reds' Jonathan India
Fresh off being named MLB.com's No. 53 overall prospect, Reds third baseman Jonathan India joins the show to talk about his long 2018 season and the trade rumors around him. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the rest of the Top 100, and Ben and Kelsie have details on Fresno's new look.
65 min
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#193: Atlanta's Kyle Muller
Atlanta's No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller joins the show to talk about his breakout 2018 season and his work with Driveline this winter. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the new class of Hall of Famers, and Ben discusses defunct Minor League ballparks.
78 min
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#192: Cleveland's Bobby Bradley
Cleveland's No. 7 prospect Bobby Bradley joins the show to discuss his addition to the Tribe's 40-man roster and more, Sam and Tyler give their takes on the Kyler Murray saga and Ben has details on Minor League stalwarts.
72 min
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#191: Dodgers' Gavin Lux
Los Angeles Dodgers No. 4 prospect Gavin Lux joins the show to talk about his offseason and the year ahead. Plus a review of NL and AL East prospect projections.
59 min
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#190: Royals' Brady Singer
Top Royals prospect Brady Singer joins the show to talk about his viral heartwarming Christmas gift to his parents and his upcoming professional debut season in 2019. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben share some Minor League-related resolutions for this year.
73 min
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#189: D-backs' Andy Young
D-backs No. 22 prospect Andy Young joins the podcast to talk about his trade from the Cardinals for Paul Goldschmidt while Tyler and Sam wrap up the 2018 year in Minor League Baseball.
44 min
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#188: Viva Las Vegas
Sam and Ben join the show to recap all things Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
54 min
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#187: Mariners' Justin Dunn
Mariners No. 3 prospect Justin Dunn joins the show to talk about his trade from the Mets and what he did to turn his performance around in 2018. Tyler, Sam and Ben preview the Winter Meetings.
69 min
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#186: Pirates' Cole Tucker
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker joins the show fresh off being added to the 40-man roster, Sam and Tyler review other players protected from the Rule 5 Draft and Ben addresses the Rocky Mountain Vibes rebrand.
67 min
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#185: Rays prospect Lucius Fox
Tampa Bay Rays No. 9 prospect Lucius Fox joins the show from the Arizona Fall League, plus Tyler, Sam and Ben have a discussion on the long-anticipated Amarillo Sod Poodles announcement.
72 min
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#184: Padres' Buddy Reed
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed joins the show fresh off his MVP turn at last weekend's Fall Stars Game, Sam and Tyler detail which farm systems could change as a result of offseason trades and Ben goes into his picks for favorite Minor League ballpark views.
59 min
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#183: Royals' Khalil Lee
Kansas City Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee discusses his AFL stint and his upcoming trip to the Fall Stars Game, and Sam and Ben talk about the new Rocket City Trash Pandas identity.
44 min
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#182: Twins prospect Griffin Jax
Calling in from the Arizona Fall League, Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Griffin Jax talks about balancing his duties in the Air Force and professional baseball. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss early AFL standouts, and Ben has the news on Syracuse's new identity.
61 min
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#181: MiLBY, AFL previews
Tyler and Sam discuss the major categories for this year's edition of the MiLBY Awards and preview the 2018 Arizona Fall League season. Ben breaks down Promo of the Year nominees.
68 min
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#180: Rangers prospect Bubba Thompson
Texas Rangers No. 9 prospect Bubba Thompson joins the show fresh off a trip to instructs, Tyler and Sam evaluate which Major League playoff teams have benefited most from their farm systems and Ben provides more affiliation change updates.
69 min
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#179: Looking back on 2018 predictions
Sam and Tyler are joined by Josh Jackson and Kelsie Heneghan to look back on their 2018 season predictions, Tigers prospect and cancer survivor Clate Schmidt tells the story of his comeback and Ben calls in from the Promo Seminar in Des Moines.
98 min
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#178: Memphis manager Stubby Clapp
Triple-A national champion Memphis Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp talks to Kelsie Heneghan from Columbus, plus Ben provides an update on affiliation changes and Tyler and Sam discuss top playoff performers.
54 min
191
#177: Astros prospect Seth Beer
Houston Astros No. 7 prospect Seth Beer joins the show fresh off a Carolina League championship with Class A Advanced Buies Creek, Sam and Tyler recap their favorite playoff games so far and Ben takes your questions.
76 min
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#176: Benjamin Hill's Ballpark Opus
After visiting the last two MiLB ballparks on his list, Benjamin Hill joins the show to talk about his odyssey through the Minors. Plus, Tyler and Sam offer their remembrances of the 2018 season.
58 min
193
#175: White Sox prospect Dylan Cease
Fresh off being shut down at his innings limit in 2018, No. 5 White Sox prospect Dylan Cease joins the final regular season episode of the show from Double-A Birmingham. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the prospects heading to the Majors in September, and Ben recaps his crab-filled visit to Aberdeen.
69 min
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#174: Gwinnett pitching coach Reid Cornelius
Triple-A Gwinnett pitching coach Reid Cornelius joins the show to discuss his talented staff, Sam and Tyler break down the Michael Kopech and Bryse Wilson promotions and Ben has details on his visit to Williamsport for the Little League Classic.
81 min
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#173: D-backs prospect Jasrado Chisholm
Arizona Diamondbacks No. 2 prospect Jasrado Chisholm talks about his home run breakout and his Bahamian background, Sam and Tyler discuss the Major League readiness of two top prospects and Ben provides his thoughts on his trip to Staten Island.
66 min
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#172: A Night in Brooklyn
Sam, Ben and Kelsie Heneghan report back from Ben's road trip to see the Brooklyn Cyclones with interviews from players and front-office staff about the goings-on at MCU Park, including the club's move to become the Brooklyn Jefes.
48 min
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#171: New Rangers prospect Taylor Hearn
Texas Rangers pitching prospect Taylor Hearn joins the show to tell the story of his trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates and to talk about his roots in the Lone Star State. Tyler and Sam recap the trade deadline, and Ben has more details on his discussion with Dale Murphy in Bristol.
55 min
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#170: Orioles prospect DL Hall
Baltimore Orioles No. 3 prospect DL Hall joins the show from Class A Delmarva to discuss his place in the organization's rebuild. Also, Tyler and Sam offer their early trade reactions, and Ben returns from the road with more stories from North Carolina and Virginia.
59 min
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#169: Giants prospect Shaun Anderson
San Francisco Giants No. 7 prospect Shaun Anderson joins the show to talk about his promotion to Triple-A and what it's like to go through a trade from the player perspective. Plus, Tyler and Sam have a Futures Game recap, and Ben checks in from his road trip through the southeast.
59 min
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#168: Blue Jays prospect T.J. Zeuch
Toronto Blue Jays prospect T.J. Zeuch breaks down his groundball-based approach from the Eastern League All-Star Game, Tyler and Sam look ahead to the Futures Game and Ben previews his upcoming trip through the southeast.
50 min