The Show Before the Show: Episode 54

Salem manager Oliver discusses prospect trio, high expectations

By | April 14, 2016 2:00 PM

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Episode 54:

Three Strikes (1:15)

  • With the first week of the Minor League season in the books, Tyler and Sam open up the discussion with a talk about which prospects have stood out to them in the early going.
  • Rangers No. 3 prospect Nomar Mazara lasted just three games in the Minors -- the Rangers brought him up after Shin-Soo Choo hit the disabled list. The guys discuss what to expect from the 20-year-old outfielder.
  • With Mazara on the brain, Tyler and Sam brood over which top-100 prospect could be best-equipped to make the jump to the Majors.

Joe Oliver interview (16:17)

  • Red Sox Class A Advanced affiliate Salem has one of the most loaded rosters in the Minors this season with top-25 prospects Yoan Moncada, Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi each in the lineup. Salem manager Joe Oliver calls into the show to talk about how that group is coming together and how they're dealing with high expectations from prospect lovers and Red Sox Nation.

Ben's Biz Banter (27:33)

Wrapping up (40:00)

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