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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#167: Rangers prospect Jonathan Hernandez
Texas Rangers No. 13 prospect Jonathan Hernandez joins the show to talk about his breakout year and his international signing story, plus Tyler and Sam provide some midseason farm-system grades and Ben discusses Las Monarcas de Eugene.
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#166: Erie manager Andrew Graham
Double-A Erie manager Andrew Graham joins the show to talk about his loaded roster in the Detroit Tigers organization, Tyler and Sam take a look back at the month of June and Ben has the details on the Grizzlies' Coming to Fresno promotion.
65 min
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#165: Rockies' Garrett Hampson
Colorado Rockies No. 6 prospect Garrett Hampson joins the show to talk about his fast rise. Tyler and Sam break down all the big prospect promotions throughout the Minor Leagues. Ben returns from his trip through the Midwest.
59 min
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#164: Cardinals' Andrew Knizner
Andrew Knizner talks about his climb from Cardinals seventh-rounder to top-10 catching prospect. Tyler and Sam preview short-season ball. Ben has details on his upcoming trip through the Midwest.
68 min
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#163: Draft pick Anthony Seigler
Catcher Anthony Seigler talks to the podcast before going to the Yankees in the first round, Tyler and Sam break down this year's top picks and Ben has the details on Syracuse's tribute to the Brannock Device.
64 min
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#162: Yankees' Ryan Bollinger
Yankees left-hander Ryan Bollinger discusses his road to The Show that took him through Australia and Germany, and Tyler and Sam offer a 2018 Draft preview.
66 min
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#161: Red Sox prospect C.J. Chatham
Boston's No. 10 prospect C.J. Chatham discusses his breakout (and healthier) start to the season, plus a conversation about why the Angels have been the most aggressive farm system in terms of promotions so far.
57 min
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#160: Prospect finishing school
When a super prospect like Vladimir Guerrero Jr. showcases he's got little left to prove in the Minors by Double-A, is a stop in Triple-A worthwhile? That and much more on this week's show.
67 min
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#159: Potomac manager Tripp Keister
Class A Advanced Potomac manager Tripp Keister joins the show to talk about his talented club that includes Juan Soto and Carter Kieboom, plus Tyler and Sam offer reaction to injuries around the Minors.
54 min
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#158: Mets' Peter Alonso
New York Mets No. 4 prospect Peter Alonso joins the show to talk about his hot start with Double-A Binghamton, plus Tyler and Sam offer other reflections on the first month of the Minor League season.
67 min
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#157: Athletics' Jesus Luzardo
Jesus Luzardo, the Oakland Athletics' No. 2 prospect, joins the show to talk about his scorching start to the season and early promotion to Double-A, plus Tyler and Sam give their Ronald Acuna Jr. reactions.
60 min
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#156: Early season reaction, RiverDogs promos
Sam and Tyler are back to discuss some of the biggest storylines of the early season for prospects in the Minors and those graduating, plus Ben and Tyler interview members of the Charleston RiverDogs front office to get an in-depth look at their recent colorful promo.
51 min
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#155: New Hampshire manager John Schneider
Double-A New Hampshire manager John Schneider calls into the podcast to talk about how he handles mega Blue Jays prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the first week in the Minors, and Ben discusses Kannapolis's autism initiative.
73 min
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#154: Reds' Nick Senzel; Opening Day megacast
Top Reds prospect Nick Senzel joins the show, plus Kelsie Heneghan, Josh Jackson and Benjamin Hill stop by with hosts Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra for a Minor League Opening Day Megacast season preview.
97 min
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#153: Prospects in the big leagues
Happy MLB Opening Day! Tyler and Sam break down which prospects are opening the 2018 season in the Majors and which could help their clubs make runs toward the postseason. Ben also previews the first three of his planned road trips for the upcoming year.
67 min
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#152: Eloy Jimenez and Fernando Tatis Jr.
From Spring Training in Arizona, Josh Jackson catches up with top White Sox prospect Eloy Jimenez and Tyler Maun talks with top Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. Back in New York, Sam Dykstra and Benjamin Hill discuss MiLB's new Copa de la Diversion initiative.
85 min
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#151: Marlins prospect Lewis Brinson
Tyler and Sam open up the latest edition of The Show Before the Show with a lengthy discussion on Minor League Baseball's upcoming changes to the extra-innings rules. Also, Marlins top prospect Lewis Brinson talks to Sam about his first Spring Training with his hometown team and what he wants Miami fans to know about the club after a busy offseason.
71 min
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#150: Phillies prospect Adam Haseley
Philadelphia Phillies first-rounder Adam Haseley joins the show from his first Spring Training camp in Clearwater, Florida. Sam and Tyler also break down more news from Spring Training while Kelsie Heneghan joins to talk about the best farm systems for pitching.
47 min
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#149: Rays farm director Mitch Lukevics
Tampa Bay Rays director of Minor League operations Mitch Lukevics calls into this week's The Show Before the Show to discuss Brent Honeywell's Tommy John surgery and the organization's prospect depth. Also, Tyler and Sam present their picks for top Spring Training performers so far and dive into MiLB.com's Farm System Rankings based on position players.
66 min
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#148: Braves prospect Austin Riley
No. 97 overall prospect and Braves third baseman Austin Riley calls into the podcast from Orlando to talk about his relationship with Chipper Jones and his growth at the hot corner. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the Forrest Whitley suspension news, and Ben brings news of the Omaha Runzas.
53 min
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#147: Brewers' Corbin Burnes
No. 69 overall prospect Corbin Burnes calls into The Show Before the Show after reporting to Spring Training camp with the Milwaukee Brewers. Tyler and Sam provide some Spring Training-Olympics crossover talk, and Ben is back to discuss the Minors' largest attendance increases.
64 min
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#146: Remembering the Maine Guides
Tyler and Sam are joined by their MiLB.com colleague Josh Jackson to discuss his piece on the short-lived Triple-A Maine Guides. The co-hosts also talk about their favorite pitcher-catcher combos ahead of Spring Training reporting dates next week.
63 min
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#145: Breaking down new Top 100
Sam and Tyler discuss MLB Pipeline's new Top 100 Prospects list for 2018 and last week's Brewers-Marlins trade, plus Ben provides info on Greeneville's new logos, Minor League-Super Bowl connections and more.
75 min
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#144: Toledo's Kirby Puckett Caper
This is as close to Serial as The Show Before the Show will ever get. The Toledo Mud Hens needed help from the public in identifying Kirby Puckett's number with the club in 1984. Did they get it?
53 min
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#143: Marlins' Braxton Garrett
Miami Marlins No. 4 prospect Braxton Garrett calls into this week's podcast to talk about his Tommy John rehab process and his organization's rebuild. Tyler and Sam break down the latest Pirates trades and offer up some pitches on Minor League-inspired Black Mirror episodes.
61 min
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#142: SWB radio voice Adam Marco
New Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Adam Marco talks to Ben and Sam about moving up from Class A West Virginia and gives his crack at some home run calls. Also on this week's episode, Tyler and Sam discuss the Gerrit Cole trade that almost was and potential designated hitter prospects.
45 min
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#141: Mariners' Evan White
Seattle Mariners first-rounder Evan White joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his first offseason and his work to become a fantastic defender at first base. Tyler and Sam present some of their AL and NL resolutions for 2018, and Ben offers up some of the first promotions of the new year.
65 min
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#140: Best of 2017
With the calendar year coming to a close, The Show Before the Show presents some of its best and most memorable interviews from 2017 with some of the game's top prospects and newsmakers.
141 min
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#139: Dodgers' Brandon Gomes
Los Angeles Dodgers director of player development Brandon Gomes joins The Show Before the Show podcast to discuss taking over for Gabe Kapler and some of the pitching prospects in the system. Also, Tyler and Sam break down this week's trade between the Giants and Rays, and Ben talks about what he saw on the floor of the Winter Meetings Trade Show.
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#138: It's Winter Meetings time
With the Winter Meetings in full swing, Tyler and Sam come together to talk about Shohei Ohtani's signing with the Angels and the prospect implications in the Giancarlo Stanton deal. Benjamin Hill also joins from Orlando to take you behind the scenes from the Minor League portion of the Meetings. A's special assistant Grady Fuson is this week's guest after he won both the Sheldon "Chief" Bender and Scout of the Year awards for his years working in player development and scouting.
60 min
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#137: Blue Jays' Anthony Alford
Toronto Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford calls into the show from his winter league stint in Mexico to discuss his time south of the border and his Major League debut. Also, Tyler and Sam go over Kevin Maitan's signing with the Angels, and Ben talks about redesigns in Augusta and Hudson Valley.
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#136: Angels' Michael Hermosillo
Los Angeles Angels prospect Michael Hermosillo joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about how he went from 28th-round pick to 40-man roster member. Tyler and Sam discuss biggest prospect busts, and Ben brings news of the Mexican League's move to Laredo, Texas.
72 min
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TSBTS Special: Braves punished
It may be a holiday week, but big news in the world of Minor League Baseball led Tyler and Sam to have an emergency podcast. Major League Baseball hammered the Braves with the loss of 13 prospects Tuesday due to international signing violations. The guys discuss what it means for the organization, players and the future of the international market.
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#135: AFL fantasy draft
The Show Before the Show hosts Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra are joined by MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan for a three-team fantasy draft using players from this year's Arizona Fall League. Which team do you think is best?
74 min
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#134: Royals' Nick Pratto
This week's Minor League Baseball podcast features remembrances of Roy Halladay, Daniel Flores and Rick Hader (more commonly known as Myron Noodleman). Also, top Royals prospect Nick Pratto joins the show to talk about the start to his pro career.
73 min
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#133: Astros' J.B. Bukauskas
Houston Astros first-rounder J.B. Bukauskas calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about watching his new organization's run to the World Series. Tyler and Sam discuss early Arizona Fall League storylines, and Ben will make you hungry with talk of team food names.
56 min
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#132: Dodgers' Will Smith
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Will Smith joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his time in the Arizona Fall League while Sam, Tyler and Ben break down how expansion could affect the Minors from player development and business standpoints.
68 min
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#131: Arizona Fall League preview
With the Arizona Fall League season starting this week, Tyler and Sam provide their picks for best teams, MVP and potential surprise performers. Ben breaks down the news of a new stadium coming to Las Vegas.
54 min
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#130: Orioles' Austin Hays
Baltimore Orioles prospect Austin Hays joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to break down his impressive 2017 season that saw him climb from Class A Advanced Frederick all the way to the big leagues. Tyler and Sam also discuss the toughest picks in this year's MiLBY Awards categories.
64 min
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#129: D-backs' Jon Duplantier
Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Jon Duplantier talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his breakout season in which he posted a 1.39 ERA over 136 innings. Sam and Tyler give their positional picks for an All-MiLB Team, and Ben calls in from the Promo Seminar in Greenville.
67 min
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#128: Revisiting preseason predictions
Tyler and Sam are joined this week by MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson as they see what went right and what went wrong with their preseason Minor League predictions. Also, Sam spoke to Tampa Bay Rays prospect Jake Bauers before the Triple-A National Championship Game, and Ben gives some of his Crooked Numbers from the 2017 season.
91 min
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#127: Twins' Nick Gordon
Minnesota Twins prospect Nick Gordon joins The Show Before the Show to discuss his role in Double-A Chattanooga's run to a Southern League title. Tyler and Sam break down other championship winners, and Ben discusses the Astros' move out of Rookie-level Greeneville.
51 min
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#126: Postseason preview
With the 2017 Minor League regular season closing out this week, Sam and Tyler come together to provide their parting thoughts of the season and preview the upcoming playoffs. Andrew Battifarano stops by to discuss his story about Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman, and Ben tells tales of Wilmington's Mr. Celery mascot.
64 min
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#125: Pirates' Shane Baz
Pittsburgh Pirates first-rounder Shane Baz joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his home area of Houston and his first season in the Minors. Tyler and Sam discuss Arizona Fall League rosters, and Ben breaks down Erie's "Alternative Facts Night."
65 min
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#124: Cubs' Chris Singleton
Chicago Cubs prospect Chris Singleton joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss getting his pro career started two years after his mother was murdered in the Charleston church shooting in 2015. Also, Benjamin Hill returns from the road with stories about his encounters with Bill Murray and Monday's eclipse.
69 min
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#123: Tigers' Alex Faedo
Detroit Tigers first-rounder Alex Faedo joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his development as a pitcher at Florida and his heroics in the College World Series. Tyler and Sam discuss the big promotions of Dominic Smith, Rhys Hoskins and Eloy Jimenez, and Ben previews his trip to the Carolinas.
61 min
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#122: Reds' Taylor Trammell
Cincinnati Reds prospect Taylor Trammell joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his impressive first full season and when he first knew he was incredibly fast. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the Joe Bauman Home Run Award race, and Ben returns from the road to tell tales from all over the northeast.
72 min
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#121: Rangers' Willie Calhoun
Fresh off his move from the Dodgers to the Rangers, No. 69 overall prospect Willie Calhoun joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss the trade, his approach to hitting and when he saw his power make a big jump. Tyler and Sam also break down some of the other big deals from this year's Trade Deadline as well as the promotions of Amed Rosario and Ozzie Albies.
53 min
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#120: Updated Top 100 Prospects
On the latest episode of the Minor League Baseball podcast, Tyler and Sam discuss MLB.com's updated top-100 prospect rankings, Rafael Devers' promotion to the Major Leagues and Potomac's George Costanza promotion. (Jerk Store not included.)
54 min
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#119: Astros' Forrest Whitley
Houston Astros prospect Forrest Whitley joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his quick ascension in just his first full professional season. Tyler and Sam break down some of the big trades over the last week, and Ben talks about a conspiracy theory promo in State College.
68 min
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#118: Phillies' Scott Kingery
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Scott Kingery talks about his breakout 2017 season from the Futures Game down in Miami. Tyler and Sam also discuss who would win midseason MiLBYs, and Ben has the info on Daytona's Bob Ross bobblehead.
59 min
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#117: Dodgers' Alex Verdugo
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Alex Verdugo joins the Minor League podcast to discuss his upcoming trip to the Futures Game and his impressive performance with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Tyler and Sam break down the Futures Game rosters, and Ben wraps up his trip through Montana, Idaho and Utah.
61 min
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#116: Binghamton skipper Luis Rojas
Double-A Binghamton manager Luis Rojas talks about what advice he's received from his father Felipe Alou and what adjustments skippers have to make as they climb the Minor League ladder. Sam and Tyler break down the Triple-A All-Star rosters, and Ben reports from his road trip through the Mountain Time Zone.
64 min
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#115: Rockies' Brendan Rodgers
MiLB.com's Josh Jackson caught up with Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers and D-backs pitcher Bud Jeter at the California League All-Star Game. Tyler and Sam discuss Gleyber Torres' season-ending elbow injury and go over when really is the best time to push a prospect to a new level.
71 min
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#114: New Angels prospect Jo Adell
Before he went 10th overall to the Los Angeles Angels in the 2017 MLB Draft, outfielder Jo Adell talked to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his work to become a first-rounder. Also on this week's episode, Tyler and Sam break down the rest of the first round, and Ben talks about Albuquerque's move to become the Green Chile Cheeseburgers.
62 min
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#113: Padres' Cal Quantrill
With the Draft around the corner, San Diego Padres No. 2 prospect Cal Quantrill joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about going through his Draft process while trying to recover from Tommy John surgery. Tyler and Sam also preview this year's version of the Draft, and Ben discusses Lake Elsinore's latest iteration of GEEKend.
74 min
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#112: Brewers' Brandon Woodruff
Brewers No. 8 prospect Brandon Woodruff joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about finding success at Triple-A Colorado Springs and how he grew to become one of the top arms in the Milwaukee system. Sam and Tyler discuss their choices for top May performers, and Ben previews Louisville's tribute to Muhammad Ali.
68 min
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#111: Indians' Triston McKenzie
Indians No. 3 prospect Triston McKenzie joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about how he racks up so many strikeouts and how he got the nickname Doc. Sam and Tyler discuss Gleyber Torres' move to Triple-A, and Ben opines on his Topps card set collaboration.
66 min
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#110: Ben Hill in California
MiLB.com's Benjamin Hill calls in from the road to discuss his trip through the California League with stops at places like Lancaster, Inland Empire and Lake Elsinore. Ben also brings an interview with Storm broadcaster Sean McCall, the so-called dean of the California League. In prospect news, Tyler and Sam break down the recent Major League promotions of Ian Happ and Bradley Zimmer.
61 min
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#109: Cardinals' Jack Flaherty
St. Louis Cardinals No. 8 prospect Jack Flaherty joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his hot start in the Texas League that has seen him post a 0.69 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings for Double-A Springfield. Also, Sam and Tyler discuss their favorite on- and off-the-field Minor League stories from the month of May.
65 min
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#108: Pirates' John Bormann
Ever wonder what it's like to play in the Majors for just one day? Pirates catcher John Bormann details his whole experience on the latest Minor League Baseball podcast, including how he rushed across the state of Florida to join the Bucs from Class A Advanced Bradenton. Tyler and Sam also give their picks for April's top players and pitchers, and Ben previews his trip to California.
73 min
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#107: Oakland's Matt Chapman
Oakland Athletics No. 4 prospect Matt Chapman calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about overcoming his season-starting wrist injury, how he developed power and what the recent prospect promotions from the Pacific Coast League mean to him. Tyler and Sam discuss the ascensions of Cody Bellinger and Christian Arroyo, and Ben looks back on his trip to Frisco.
77 min
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#106: Charlotte manager Mark Grudzielanek
Triple-A Charlotte manager Mark Grudzielanek joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his loaded squad that features five of the top seven prospects in the White Sox system. (He also discusses Skee ball and his appearance on Saturday Night Live.) Sam and Tyler expound on what Starling Marte's suspension could mean for top Pirates prospect Austin Meadows, and Ben previews his trip to Frisco.
68 min
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#105: Rangers' Jose Trevino
Rangers No. 7 prospect Jose Trevino calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast from the Double-A Frisco bus to discuss a loaded RoughRiders pitching staff and his work to become an impressive defensive catcher and leader behind the plate. Tyler and Sam break down the first week's standouts, and Ben previews the best upcoming Minor League promos, including Daytona's unique Jackie Robinson tribute.
67 min
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#104: Season preview featuring Cubs' Ian Happ
Tyler and Sam are joined by MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson to offer up their predictions for the 2017 Minor League Baseball season. Cubs No. 2 prospect Ian Happ is this week's guest to discuss how his productive spring led to him being pushed to Triple-A Iowa, and Ben previews the first week of Minor League promotions.
78 min
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#103: Israel/Hartford manager Jerry Weinstein
Fresh off his stint as Team Israel's manager during the World Baseball Classic, Double-A Hartford manager Jerry Weinstein joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his club's surprising run through the WBC, his expectations for the Yard Goats in 2017 and why he could never have managed the club last season. Also, Tyler and Sam continue to get you primed for Opening Day while Ben previews two more of his upcoming road trips.
73 min
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#102: Phils', Canada's Pivetta
Phillies No. 12 prospect Nick Pivetta joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his experience pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and his preparation for the 2017 season. Tyler and Sam also get you set for MiLB.com's Prospect Primer series, and Ben previews where he'll be hitting the road in the coming months.
72 min
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#101: This Minor League Life
This week's Minor League Baseball podcast is a special one, not just because Tyler, Sam and guest host Josh Jackson bring you Spring Training interviews from top overall prospect/Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, No. 5 White Sox prospect Carson Fulmer, No. 9 Braves prospect Max Fried and No. 6 Rangers prospect Joe Palumbo. No, it's special because this week's episode takes a little different format than the previous 100 episodes. (We hope you're proud, Ira Glass.)
53 min
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#100: Yankees' Kyle Higashioka
Yankees catching prospect Kyle Higashioka talks about playing in Major League camp as a member of the 40-man roster and how he plans on continuing his 2016 power surge. Tyler and Sam preview their own Spring Training trips and discuss the latest in MiLB.com's Farm System Rankings.
55 min
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#99: MLB Pipeline's Jim Callis
MLBPipeline.com senior writer Jim Callis joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his site's prospect ranking lists and how he evaluates the Minor League talent pool entering the 2017 season. Tyler and Sam have a great debate on which farm system has the better pitching group between the White Sox and the Braves, and Ben discusses the life of longtime Norfolk general manager Dave Rosenfield following the news of his death.
74 min
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#98: Rays' Willy Adames
Rays top prospect Willy Adames calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast from Spring Training to discuss his baseball roots in the Dominican Republic and what he needs to do to make the jump to Tampa Bay soon. Tyler and Sam start breaking down MiLB.com's Farm System Rankings, and Ben rounds up what he learned about rebranding this offseason.
73 min
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#97: Orioles' Hunter Harvey
Orioles No. 3 prospect Hunter Harvey joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his injury history and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. Tyler and Sam preview some Spring Training storylines, and Ben discusses a strange Valentine's Day promo in Myrtle Beach.
67 min
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#96: Giants' Tyler Beede
Top Giants prospect Tyler Beede calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his roots in Massachusetts and Vanderbilt and what he needs to do in 2017 to jump to the Majors. Tyler and Sam also discuss the new GCL and AZL extra-inning proposal, and Ben looks back at 2016 attendance numbers.
73 min
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#95: Yankees' Justus Sheffield
Yankees left-hander Justus Sheffield, who was named MLB.com's No. 79 overall prospect last week, joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his first offseason in pinstripes and his sibling rivalry with brother and Dodgers prospect Jordan Sheffield. Tyler and Sam break down the rest of the new top 100, and Ben brings the update on Lowell's new logos.
60 min
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#94: Marlins' Thomas Jones
Marlins No. 7 prospect Thomas Jones joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his decision to choose pro ball over a baseball scholarship at Vanderbilt or a football scholarship at Clemson. Tyler and Sam also talk about this week's trade involving Jose De Leon, and Ben breaks down what's happening in Las Vegas.
59 min
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#93: Rangers' Josh Morgan
Rangers No. 12 prospect Josh Morgan discusses life as a utility infielder, his potential move to catcher and what it was like to play the final season in High Desert. Tyler and Sam also break down NL East rookie projections, and Ben discusses Triple-A Memphis's new look.
65 min
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#92: Cardinals' Carson Kelly
St. Louis prospect Carson Kelly calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast from the start of the Cardinals Caravan to discuss his growth as a catcher, his Major League debut and his "little black book." Also, Tyler and Sam break down the latest Mariners-Braves swap, and Ben discusses the new Down East Wood Ducks logos.
61 min
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#91: Twins' Alex Kirilloff
In the first Minor League Baseball podcast of 2017, Twins 2016 first-rounder and No. 4 prospect Alex Kirilloff guests to talk about his road from Western Pennsylvania to Minnesota's farm system. Also, Tyler and Sam give their Minor League resolutions for the new year, and Ben previews some potential anniversary promotions for the coming season.
62 min
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#90: Best of 2016 - Newsmakers
Tyler and Sam wrap up the calendar year with more of their favorite interviews from 2016, this time featuring some of the Minor Leagues' biggest newsmakers such as first overall pick Mickey Moniak and Minor League journeyman/Major League debutant Matt Buschmann.
99 min
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#89: Best of 2016 - Players
Tyler and Sam begin a two-part "Best of 2016" series with their favorite podcast interviews involving former prospects who made their Major League debuts this past season, including World Series champions Willson Contreras and Albert Almora Jr. and former top overall prospect Alex Bregman.
78 min
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#88: Detroit's Dan Lunetta
Sam and Tyler break down the particulars of the Adam Eaton/Lucas Giolito/Reynaldo Lopez trade and the Rule 5 Draft while Ben closes the loop on the Fayetteville Astros. Tigers director of Minor League operations Dan Lunetta guests after winning the 2016 Sheldon "Chief" Bender Award for his work in player development.
60 min
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#87: Live from Winter Meetings
It's certainly been a busy 2016 edition of baseball's Winter Meetings, and Tyler, Sam and Ben are here to catch you up on all the Minor League Baseball and prospect-related goings-on from National Harbor, Maryland. White Sox scouting director Nick Hostetler guests to break down the package of prospects his organization picked up for All-Star left-hander Chris Sale, including top overall prospect Yoan Moncada and impressive right-hander Michael Kopech.
52 min
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#86: Louisville groundskeeper Nielsen
Triple-A Louisville head groundskeeper Tom Nielsen calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his long career in turf management and how the job is a lot more than just cutting the grass. Tyler and Sam also break down two Mariners trades, and Ben previews the Winter Meetings.
79 min
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#85: Brewers' Lewis Brinson
Brewers top prospect Lewis Brinson calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his recent addition to the 40-man roster, his trade from the Rangers and, of course, his favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss other prospects added to 40-man rosters, and Ben is back from vacation to bring you updates on the Buies Creek Astros.
58 min
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#84: Nationals' Spin Williams
Nationals senior advisor of player development Spin Williams joins the podcast after winning the 2016 Mike Coolbaugh Award for his work mentoring prospects. Tyler and Sam also give their AFL MVP picks and discuss the newly named New Orleans Baby Cakes.
57 min
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#83: Braves' Kolby Allard
Back from a one-week break, the Minor League Baseball podcast returns with Braves No. 4 prospect Kolby Allard, fresh off his first full season in the Minors, as our guest. Tyler and Sam also break down the Arizona Fall League and all the MiLBY winners while Ben catches you up on some of the game's newest names like Fire Frogs, Rumble Ponies and Jumbo Shrimp.
56 min
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#82: Fall League Spectacular
Tyler scored interviews from Twins No. 2 prospect Nick Gordon, Dodgers top prospect Cody Bellinger and Mets signee Tim Tebow down at the Arizona Fall League. Tyler and Sam also break down some of the recent Organization All-Stars, and Ben previews Minor League rebranding season.
83 min
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#81: Boston's Mauricio Dubon
No. 12 Red Sox prospect Mauricio Dubon calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast from the Arizona Fall League to talk about his breakout 2016 season and his journey from Honduras to the United States as a teenager. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the first week in the AFL, and Ben brings you lots of ballpark news.
61 min
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#80: MiLBY preview, Angels' Taylor Ward
Sam, Tyler and Ben break down all of the nominees in the major categories of this year's MiLBY Awards. Also, Angels No. 3 prospect Taylor Ward calls in from the Arizona Fall League as this week's guest.
72 min
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#79: Mets' Amed Rosario
Mets top prospect Amed Rosario talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his impressive 2016 season and his plans for the offseason. Tyler and Sam also preview the Arizona Fall League, and Ben discusses this year's Golden Bobblehead winner.
61 min
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#78: Team Israel's Cody Decker
Minor League veteran Cody Decker joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about how he helped Israel to a World Baseball Classic qualification last week in Brooklyn. Also, Tyler and Sam share their feelings on the unfortunate death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, and Ben calls in with lessons from this year's Promo Seminar.
72 min
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#77: Blue Jays' Bo Bichette
A packed edition of the Minor League Baseball podcast this week. Kelsie Heneghan makes a guest appearance to talk about her trip to the Triple-A National Championship, and Blue Jays No. 12 prospect Bo Bichette calls in to talk about his first pro season, his upcoming appearances with Brazil in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Brooklyn and a health scare involving his appendix. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben bring you the rest of the week in Minor League news.
80 min
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#76: Pirates' Mitch Keller
Fresh off winning a Florida State League title, Pirates No. 5 prospect Mitch Keller joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss getting the late call to Bradenton and his breakout 2016 season. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the rest of the remaining postseasons, and Ben presents two tales he collected from his trip to California.
64 min
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#75: Cardinals' Dylan Carlson
The Minor League playoffs have begun in earnest, and Tyler and Sam give you what to look for in postseasons across the Minor League landscape. Cardinals first-rounder Dylan Carlson also stops by after claiming a Gulf Coast League title, and Ben breaks down the new Staten Island team name possibilities.
71 min
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#74: Phillies' Mickey Moniak
No. 2 Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about his road to the top spot in the 2016 Draft and his introduction to professional baseball. Also, Tyler and Sam go over the importance of the September roster expansions, and Ben discusses one of the biggest secrets in the Minors.
65 min
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#73: On Minor League realignment
It was a big week in Minor League Baseball with the news that two California League teams (High Desert, Bakersfield) would be contracted to make way for two new clubs in the Carolina League. Sam, Tyler and Ben break the movement down from all angles, and Bakersfield broadcaster Dan Besbris joins the show to provide the perspective of a front office and community that is losing its baseball club.
65 min
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#72: Yankees' Nick Solak
New York Yankees second-round pick Nick Solak joins the show from the New York-Penn League All-Star Game to talk about the start to his pro career and his time at Louisville. Tyler and Sam also talk about Dansby Swanson and the end of Francisco Mejia's hitting streak while Ben is back from his trip with more tales from the Pacific Northwest.
71 min
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#71: Reds prospect T.J. Friedl
Reds prospect T.J. Friedl joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about how he found out he was Draft eligible and how he ended up signing with Cincinnati. Ben joins the show from the road to talk about his west coast swing, and Tyler and Sam discuss two big Cardinals promotions.
64 min
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#70: Trade Deadline Recap
In the first podcast of August, Tyler and Sam break down a big week in prospect movement following the Trade Deadline. Which farm systems improved? Which took the biggest hits? Also, Benjamin Hill calls in from California to give an update on his trip to the west coast.
56 min
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#69: Fort Wayne mgr. Contreras
Fort Wayne manager Anthony Contreras joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about new Padres prospects Anderson Espinoza and Chris Paddack and what it's like to coach young players after they've come over in a trade. Tyler and Sam also break down a big week in Major League promotions, and Ben previews his West Coast road trip.
60 min