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.

#68: Rockies prospect David Dahl
Rockies No. 2 prospect David Dahl talks to the Minor League Baseball podcast about his scorching start at Triple-A Albuquerque and what life on the road was like with Double-A Hartford. Tyler and Sam also preview the trade deadline, and Ben discusses his own merchandising.
60 min
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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