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.

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's Michael Avallone gets into his story of how Dave Hoskins broke the Texas League color barrier.
70 min
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.
84 min
Episode 251:'s Hill, Heneghan, Avallone
Three 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
Episode 250: The ICYMI Episode 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
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's Rob Terranova brings some background on his feature about White Sox hard-throwing prospect Zack Burdi's return to the mound.
72 min
#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.
43 min
#247:'s Katie Woo and Josh Jackson 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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#240: Checking in around'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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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
#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