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The Show Before the Show Podcast

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 top prospects, managers, player development experts and other newsmakers. They'll also have a weekly look at what's going on outside the lines with business of the Minors expert Benjamin Hill.

Episodes

Milwaukee Brewers first-round pick Garrett Mitchell joins The Show Before the Show to discuss his Draft experience coming out of UCLA and how he's starting his career in the middle of a Minor League stoppage. Also, Benjamin Hill joins Tyler and Sam to discuss a potential name change in Beloit, and MiLB.com's Josh Jackson shares a story about one Minor League fan who has spanned the country collecting sundae helmets.

Major League Baseball is coming to Buffalo in 2020 as the Bisons host the Toronto Blue Jays. Mike Buczkowski, president of Rich Baseball Operations, calls into The Show Before the Show to talk about how the Triple-A club is preparing to bring the bright lights of the Majors to Sahlen Field. Also, Tyler and Sam break down prospect standouts from the first week of the season, and MiLB.com's Gerard Gilberto shares the story of Esteban Quiroz's road from the Mexican League to the Tampa Bay Rays player pool.

Tigers prospect and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Spencer Torkelson joins The Show Before the Show to discuss his early days in Detroit's Summer Camp, his move to third base and his potential readiness to debut this season. Also, Tyler and Sam are joined by MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson to preview the upcoming Major League campaign, and Benjamin Hill brings along some of the best Minor League crooked numbers from years past.

San Diego Padres No. 9 prospect Ryan Weathers calls into The Show Before the Show to break down his early days in Summer Camp and his added velocity on the mound. Also, Benjamin Hill brings along some New York-Penn League fun facts, and MiLB.com's Jordan Wolf discusses his recent piece on Dwight D. Eisenhower's rumored Minor League career.

Seattle Mariners No. 2 prospect Julio Rodriguez talked to Tyler and Sam shortly before heading to Washington state to join his organization's Summer Camp workouts. Also, Ben shares Midwest and South Atlantic League fun facts, and MiLB.com writer Rob Terranova tells the tale of Nolan Ryan's brief but dominant Minor League career.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Show Before the Show cohosts Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra selected teams of American and National League prospects on last week's episode of the Minor League Baseball podcast. Now, the two MiLB.com writers sim their matchup between Pawtucket (serving as the AL) and Nashville (NL) using the video game MLB The Show 20 and commentate over the action.

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.

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.

The Show Before the Show cohosts Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra are back with a new simulated matchup on MLB The Show 20 with Sam's squad, featuring prospects from the United States (represented by Triple-A Durham), taking on Tyler's team of the World (Albuquerque).

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.

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.

The Show Before the Show cohosts Tyler Maun and Sam Dykstra drafted their own prospect teams on the April 23, 2020 episode of the Minor League Baseball podcast. Now, the two MiLB.com writers sim their matchup, using the Hartford Yard Goats and Rocket City Trash Pandas for their rosters, on the video game MLB The Show 20 and commentate over the action. The download information for last week's episode is below.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Minnesota Twins prospect Royce Lewis speaks from Spring Training camp in Fort Myers about his Arizona Fall League improvements, his batting stance and the growth of the organization since he was taken first overall in 2017. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the latest reassignments and options from Major League camps across Arizona and Florida.

MiLB.com writers Katie Woo and Josh Jackson join this week as guests. Katie brings stories from her trips to A's and Padres Spring Training camps in Arizona, and Josh has details on this year's Hometown Collection assortment of Minor League caps. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the final overall edition of this year's Farm System Rankings.

Sam and Tyler discuss some early news from Spring Training camps in Arizona and Florida. Plus, Ben breaks down what went into the jump in 2019 Minor League attendance figures.

MLB.com's No. 98 overall prospect Simeon Woods Richardson joins the The Show Before the Show to discuss his first Spring Training with the Toronto Blue Jays following last year's trade from the New York Mets. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the top farm systems for pitching, and Ben details how Jacksonville is honoring arguably the most famous toy car of all time with a coming 2020 promotion.

No. 88 overall prospect Clarke Schmidt joins The Show Before the Show to talk about his arrival in Major League camp with the Yankees and his breakout 2019 season. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the farm systems with the best groups of position players, and Ben brings details of Minor League stadiums with new names for 2020.

Pitcher Brennan Malone joins the podcast to talk about his trade last week from the D-backs to the Pirates. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the ramifications of Mookie Betts' reported move to the Dodgers, and Ben discusses his piece on Minor League promotions gone wrong.

Cardinals outfield prospect Trejyn Fletcher joins the show to talk about his road to becoming the highest Draft pick out of a Maine high school. Also, Tyler and Sam break down MLB.com's new Top-100 prospect ranking, and Ben looks back at four newly defunct Minor League stadiums.

Class A Short Season Everett manager Louis Boyd talks about taking over a dugout at just 25 years old. Plus, Tyler and Sam participate in some Hall of Fame discussion, and Ben recaps all of 2020's new logos.

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 break down Matthew Liberatore's move to the Cardinals, and Ben brings details on Winston-Salem's new look.

No. 13 Atlanta Braves prospect Tucker Davidson joins the first episode of 2020 from the Rookie Career Development Program in Miami. Also, Tyler and Sam present some farm system resolutions, and Ben brings a story of how one former Trenton intern became an owner in Visalia.

Detroit Tigers No. 4 prospect Tarik Skubal joins The Show Before the Show to break down his breakout 2019 season. Also, Tyler and Sam share some of their prospect-related lessons from the year that was.

Tyler Maun hosts as Sam Dykstra, Benjamin Hill and Fort Wayne TinCaps broadcaster John Nolan join this week's show from the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Chicago Cubs No. 3 prospect Brennen Davis joins the show to discuss his successful season at Class A South Bend and his transition to full-season ball. Also, Tyler and Sam preview Winter Meetings transactions, and Ben breaks down the new Worcester Red Sox and Fort Myers Mighty Mussels identities.

Washington Nationals No. 15 prospect Ben Braymer joins the show to discuss being added to his team's 40-man roster plus Benjamin Hill breaks down the new ballparks for 2020 and more.

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 Diversión for 2020.

Sam and Tyler take a look at prospects currently in action in the Premier12 tournament abroad and offer up a preview of what the Hot Stove could mean for top talent in the Minors. Ben also swings by to provide the update on the newest Minor League rebrand -- the Missoula PaddleHeads.

Third-ranked Mariners prospect Logan Gilbert joins the show to talk about his first full season in 2019. Plus, Tyler and Sam take a look at MiLBY nominees, and Ben brings details on Kannapolis' new identity.

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.

Miami's No. 11 prospect Nick Neidert joins the show from the Arizona Fall League plus Benjamin Hill on the offseason's first rebrands.

Sam, Tyler, Josh and Kelsie look back on their preseason projections for the 2019 campaign plus Benjamin Hill on upcoming rebrands and more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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