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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

Sam and Tyler break down this year’s MLB Draft results and discuss the All-Star Futures Game. They also chat about their work together broadcasting the West Coast League All-Star Game in Bellingham, Washington.

Ben and Tyler look at some recent Minor League Crooked Numbers, Sam previews the All-Star Futures Game and 2024 Draft and Josh releases a sick edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

During a short holiday week, Sam jumps in quick to chat about Futures Game rosters, MLB Pipeline’s updated Top 100 prospect ranking and James Wood’s callup to the Nationals.

Ben returns from his most recent road trip with stories from stops in Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas. Also, Ben and Sam share interviews with Rome PA announcer Larry Gardner and Negro Southern League Museum director Anthony C. Williams, and Josh makes himself at home in Ghosts of the Minors.

Kelsie and Sam chat with Tyler about their coverage of MiLB at Rickwood Field, Willie Mays’ death and their road trip from Daytona Beach to Birmingham. They also share an interview with Jacksonville general manager Harold Craw that was recorded one day after the Jumbo Shrimp did their own Negro Leagues celebration. Finally, Ben reports the road following stops to Rome, Rocket City and Memphis.

Former Salt Lake broadcaster Steve Klauke died this week at 69 years old. Fellow voices from around Minor League Baseball share their memories of Klauke and talk about the legacy he leaves behind in Utah and beyond. Also, Ben and Sam share itineraries for their swings through the South, and Josh strikes fear in all with the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler asked for fake Minor League team names, and listeners responded in droves. The cohosts comb through their favorite submissions before picking and designing the 2024 winner. Also, Josh rattles off another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Rancho Cucamonga broadcaster Mike Lindskog talks about the club's BBQs alternate identity. Also, Ben shares three more new looks coming to Minor League teams soon, the podcast hosts asks for creative Minor League team names from listeners and Josh extracts the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Red Sox prospect Zach Penrod talks about his journey from the independent Pioneer League to Double-A ball. Also, Sam and Josh recap the MLB Pipeline Prospect Showcase Game in Portland, Ben and Tyler look at throwback promos from across the Minors and Josh wrangles the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Fort Wayne TinCaps president Mike Nutter explains the importance of his club’s focus on mental health this weekend and all year. Also, Ben provides details on the Hub City Spartanburgers, Sam and Tyler look at the updated MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects list and Josh gavels in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben returns from the road to share stories from San Jose, Modesto, Stockton and Sacramento. Also, Sam and Tyler preview Paul Skenes’ upcoming Major League debut, and Josh packs in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Sam and Tyler discuss the hottest prospect performances at Triple-A, including those of Junior Caminero and Coby Mayo. Also, Ben interviews author Erick Vickrey about his book covering a 1946 Spokane bus disaster, and Josh shares another noble edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Sam shares an excerpt from his interview with top pitching prospect Paul Skenes, and Sam and Tyler discuss the Pirates right-hander’s early dominance. Also, Ben talks about his favorite bobbleheads and interviews Jersey Shore’s Greg Giombarrese and Gianna Fiocco about the club’s new song “ShoreTown is Your Town” that was released this week. Finally, Josh shares the fruits of another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Sam calls in from Indianapolis to chat with Ben and Tyler about his visit to see top pitching prospect Paul Skenes. Also, Ben talks with Wichita general manager Matt Hamilton about the club’s new Chili Buns alternate identity, and Josh plays another round of Ghosts of the Minors.

Erie SeaWolves president Greg Coleman details the team ring after last year's Eastern League title. Also, Ben previews his 2024 road trips, Sam and Tyler talk about Jackson Holliday’s ascent to the Majors and Josh proves his mettle in Ghosts of the Minors.

Happy second Opening Day! Ben, Sam and Tyler are joined by Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson for a second draft around Double-A, High-A and Single-A teams. Also, Ben looks ahead to next week’s eclipse, Sam details early prospect assignments and members of the MLB Pipeline and MiLB.com crew explain why they’re excited for the 2024 season ahead.

To celebrate the start of the Minor League season, Ben, Sam and Tyler build their own Triple-A franchises using categories like main identities, ballparks and mascots. Also, Sam and Tyler discuss notable prospects opening the season at the Minors’ top level, and Josh puts in the work in Ghosts of the Minors.

Emma Tiedemann, Jesse Scaglion and their baby daughter Lucy join the podcast to share stories of working as a growing Portland Sea Dogs family. Also, the group looks at coming Double-A promotions for 2024 and recaps the best Spring Breakout performances. Josh fortifies the episode with the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Nationals No. 3 prospect Brady House checks in from Spring Training. Also, Sam previews this week’s Spring Breakout series, Ben looks at Triple-A promotions and Josh takes a swing at the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Rays No. 4 prospect Xavier Isaac chats with Sam about his first full season, second Spring Training and sleeper status in the 2022 Draft. Also, Ben and Tyler discuss Spokane’s King Carl campaign, Sam has the details on the Spring Breakout roster reveal and Josh glues together the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler look at alternate identities for Winston-Salem and Great Lakes and take a certain left bovine turn into summer collegiate ball too. Also, Winston-Salem GM Brian DeAngelis gives more details on his club’s Tobacco Beetles look, and Sam and Tyler chat about early prospect performance in Spring Training. Finally, Josh revisits Babylon in Ghosts of the Minors.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp promo director David Ratz discusses his club’s upcoming jersey featuring famous characters and images in the public domain. Also, Ben, Sam and Tyler talk about the role of speed in today’s game, and Josh brings the fire in Ghosts of the Minors.

Bowling Green general manager Kyle Wolz chats with Ben about his club’s new Cavemen alternate identity. Also, Sam and Tyler look at Spring Training prospects to watch, and Josh goes bust in Ghosts of the Minors.

MLB.com's Michael Clair shares the story of Hudson Valley's connection with Bhutan baseball, and Reading's Jake Starr talks ballpark updates with Ben, Sam and Tyler. Also, Josh opens a box o’ joe in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Sam and Tyler discuss MLB Pipeline’s updated Top 100 prospect ranking, Ben looks at the King Cakes identity coming to Biloxi in 2024 and the gang interviews MiLB logo designer Ryan Foose of Fooser Studios, who was involved in the Jersey Diners branding. Also, Josh brings a spark to Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler chat about Somerset’s new Jersey Diners identity and look back at the Minor League careers of the 2024 Hall of Fame Class. Also, Sam breaks down MLB Pipeline’s Top 10 shortstop and outfielder rankings, former Princeton GM Jim Holland discusses his book “My Fortunate Detour” and Josh yammers on in Ghosts of the Minors.

Nationals prospect DJ Herz talks about his trade from the Cubs, 40-man roster spot and Vulcan changeup. Also, Ben, Sam and Tyler look at new food identities and Top 10 prospect lists, and Josh glows in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Cardinals prospect Masyn Winn talks about making The Show, and Ben, Sam and Tyler look at Double-A Mississippi’s move to Columbus, Georgia. The gang also discusses National Bobblehead Day, and Josh wiggles his way through the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler provide their New Year’s resolutions and goals for the 2024 season ahead in Minor League Baseball and get some help from MLB Pipeline/MiLB.com colleagues and podcast listeners alike. Also, Josh wipes the slate clean in Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler each present their five favorite Minor League or baseball-related things from the 2023 season and dive into the pop-culture world in this year-end podcast. Also, Josh hollers about the latest Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler talk about the new Spring Breakout series coming in 2024 and the Oklahoma City Baseball Club identity revealed this week. Also, Akron merchandise manager Luke Trese discusses the anniversary of the flooding of the RubberDucks team store and the club’s apparel comeback.

On this week’s episode, Ben shares the new look of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, and Sam and Tyler chat about Winter Meetings moves, including Juan Soto’s trade to the Yankees and the Rule 5 Draft. Also, Braves No. 14 prospect David McCabe stops by to talk about his first full season and the Arizona Fall League, and Josh cleans up in Ghosts of the Minors.

Eastern League Home Clubhouse Attendant of the Year Jon Weinberg takes us behind the scenes of the Bowie Baysox and the successful Baltimore Orioles farm system. Also, Ben shares the story of how Italian chef Alessandro Buccino ended up working at the ballpark in Lehigh Valley, Sam and Tyler preview the Winter Meetings and Josh takes a hike through history in Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler interview each other about their careers – both where they are now and how they got there – on a Thanksgiving episode of the Minor League Baseball podcast. Also, Josh swings by for his own unique version of Ghosts of the Minors.

Veteran design artist Dan Simon discusses his work on the Rome Emperors rebrand, and much more. Ben runs down other new looks and dishes on concessions from his Southern ballpark trip, and Josh looks back at a particularly slick team for Ghosts of the Minors.

Greensboro general manager Tim Vangel discusses the club’s updated logo set for the 2024 season. Also, the gang reairs an interview with Rangers rookie and World Series champion Evan Carter, and Josh looks back at a legend of consistency in Ghosts of the Minors.

Columbia broadcaster John Kocsis Jr. discusses his book “Play-by-Play from the Minors: Profiles of Baseball Broadcasters from Scranton to Yakima,” Tyler and Ben look at the end of title droughts and Josh spreads his wings in another Ghosts of the Minors.

Red Sox prospect Corey Rosier talks to Sam from the Arizona Fall League about his two trades and his progress in 2023. Also, Ben shares stories from a recent trip to Triple-A Columbus, the gang looks at the MLB postseason and Josh is in the tank for another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

No. 11 Padres prospect Graham Pauley chats with Sam about his early time in the Arizona Fall League and his breakout 2023 season in the San Diego system. Also, Ben talks about his Indianapolis visit, the group discusses the MLB postseason and Josh lays gloomy stonework in Ghosts of the Minors.

Sam and Tyler draft teams made of Arizona Fall League starts from the 2023 season, taking one player from each position, a right-handed pitcher, a left-handed pitcher and a DH. Also, Ben looks back at his visit to Louisville and discusses this year’s winning alternate identity from the MiLB Awards Show.

Ben, Sam and Tyler preview the first-ever MiLB Awards Show, coming to MLB Network on Monday, Oct. 2. The guys also chat about the new Minor League Baseball logo coming for 2024 and the remaining Minor League postseason series. Later, Josh delivers another colorful edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben chats about a Mike Veeck documentary on Netflix, Tyler and Sam look at new champions at the High-A and Single-A levels, Biloxi manager Mike Guerrero speaks about a loaded roster and Josh propagates a new edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Palm Beach GM Andrew Seymour chats about his club's intrastadium Florida State League postseason series with Jupiter. Also, Sam and Tyler look at top High-A and Single-A performers, Ben recaps visits to Bowling Green and Louisville and Josh starts a discourse in Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben is on the road for his final road trip of 2023 with early stops in Nashvile and Bowling Green, and he interviews Hot Rods assistant general manager Ashlee Wilson on this week’s episode. Also, Tyler and Sam talk September callups, and Josh makes a household name out of a Minor Leaguer of yore.

Nationals top prospect Dylan Crews chats about his insane 2023 calendar year, the national title game with LSU and the start of his career in the Washington system. Also, Ben shares stories from Montgomery and Lehigh Valley, and Josh drinks in another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Brooklyn Cyclones assistant general Billy Harner shares details of the club's incredibly famous Seinfeld Night promotion, which took place last Saturday in Coney Island. Also, Tyler and Sam look at the Double-A promotions of Paul Skenes, Dylan Crews and Ethan Salas, and Josh lays the foundation of the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

RailRiders voice Adam Marco talks to Ben about his status as a Minor League Baseball Kerouac. Also, Ben looks back on his trip to Lehigh Valley, and Tyler reviews the Home Run Derby X event in Hartford.

Lake County blind broadcaster Allan Wylie and Captains director of broadcasting Cole Liggett join the podcast to discuss Allan’s time in the booth. Also, Ben recaps his recent road trip through New York and Pennsylvania, and Sam breaks down the new MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects ranking.

Marvel director of themed entertainment Brian Crosby talks about this year’s Defenders of the Diamond designs. Also, Tyler and Sam chat about the Trade Deadline, Ben checks in from the road in Binghamton and Josh brings the buzz in Ghosts of the Minors.

Sam and Kelsie bring interviews from the MLB Pipeline Game of the Month in Nashville, including one on the art of the callup with Sounds manager Rick Sweet. Also, The Other Boys of Summer director Lauren Meyer talks to the show about her Negro Leagues documentary, and Josh presents a seasoned edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Buffalo GM Anthony Sprague joins the podcast to talk about the Bisons’ upcoming bobblehead of superfan Mark Aichinger. Also, Sam and Tyler preview the Trade Deadline, Ben details the odyssey of Kaleb Bowman and Josh spins a colorful yarn in Ghosts of the Minors.

Rochester GM Dan Mason talks to the podcast about the Red Wings’ Intentional Walk fundraiser. Also, Ben recaps his trip to Biloxi, Tyler and Sam break down the 2023 Draft and Josh ascends to the peak of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben chats with Birmingham broadcasting legend Curt Bloom, Sam and Tyler draft their own Futures Game rosters ahead of Saturday’s showcase and Josh joshes everyone around in Ghosts of the Minors.

USA Baseball 18U National Team manager Michael Cuddyer talks PDP League play about the game’s next generation, Ben reviews the first half of the MiLB season, Sam previews the All-Star Futures Game and Josh enumerates his options in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Negro Southern League Museum deputy director Frank Adams Jr. talks to Ben during his trip to Birmingham, Tyler and Sam preview the updated MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospect ranking and Josh proves his mettle in Ghosts of the Minors.

Ten Minor League broadcasters share their favorite calls from over the years and take listeners behind the scenes. Also, Ben previews his trip to the South, and Josh is up to his usual antics in Ghosts of the Minors.

It’s a week for explosions on the podcast. First, Ben talks about his longform piece on the Eugene Exploding Whales and presents an interview with reporter Paul Linnman who covered the 1970 event that inspired the promotion. Later, Sam and Tyler discuss Elly De La Cruz’s loud arrival in the Major Leagues.

TinCaps VP of marketing Michael Limmer talks about the club's upcoming night honoring local All-American Girls Professional Baseball League club, the Fort Wayne Daisies. Also, Ben, Sam and Tyler review viral promotion Walt Whitman Night for Lake County and look at some of the big recent prospect promotions involving Marcelo Mayer, James Wood and teenager Ethan Salas.

Ben tells the story of Tacoma journeyman Mike Ford, and Sam shares what he learned from his trip to Louisville. Also the gang revisits an interview on Cider Donuts ahead of Ben’s return to Hudson Valley, and Josh strikes out on his own in Ghosts of the Minors.

Triple-A Louisville catcher Chuckie Robinson talks to Sam about his hot start, his 2022 Major League debut and the effect the ABS system has on his defensive work. Also, Ben shares more tales from the northwest, and Josh blusters through another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben brings stories from his first road trip of the season to the Pacific Northwest along with interviews with D-backs prospects Dylan Ray and Conor Grammes. Also, Sam and Tyler preview an update to MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect ranking, and Josh travels to non-international waters in Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben, Sam and Tyler talk to Minor League Baseballs fans across the country about how they fell in love with the sport and what they’re looking forward to most during the 2023 season.

No. 1 Rangers prospect Evan Carter discusses his hot start with Double-A Frisco from the MLB Pipeline Game of the Month. Also, Sam details his journey to Amarillo, and Ben previews his upcoming road trip (his first of 2023!) to the northwest.

Triple-A Charlotte honored the history of the Negro Leagues with Black Hornets uniforms and other events last Sunday. Tommy Viola talks to Ben, Sam and Tyler about the long-running celebration on this week’s show. Also, the gang discusses more new food items for 2023 and Pensacola’s Artificial Unintelligence Night, and Josh meddles with another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

West Michigan’s Dan Hasty joins the Minor League Baseball podcast after going viral for his Masters call with the Whitecaps last weekend. Ben, Sam and Tyler review other popular Minors moments from the week, and Josh presents a devilish edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

ESPN senior writer Ryan McGee discusses his new book “Welcome to the Circus of Baseball” about his time working for the Asheville Tourists in 1994. Ben, Sam and Tyler also wrap up the Minor League Ballpark Guide project, and Josh tugs at the heartstrings in Ghosts of the Minors.

It’s the 400th episode of The Show Before the Show! Tyler, Sam, Josh and Kelsie make their prospect predictions for the 2023 season, Ben brings details of the Eugene Exploding Whales and Josh mows down another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Tyler and Sam recap a wild ending to the World Baseball Classic and select their favorite Copa identities for the 2023 season. Also, Lehigh Valley president Kurt Landes discusses his club’s two separate Copa looks for the year ahead, and Josh chows down on another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Tyler returns with stories from the World Baseball Classic, Ben shares details on a new ballpark in Hillsboro and El Paso’s Tim Hagerty discusses his entertaining book Tales from the Dugout.

Writer James Bailey discusses his book covering every Major League debut from the 2022 season, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcaster Emily Messina talks about her new gig with the RailRiders.

It’s a new theme episode of The Show Before the Show! Minor League execs from Durham, Reading, Rochester, West Michigan and Wisconsin take Ben and Tyler through ballpark renovations for the 2023 season.

Top 30 Brewers prospect Cam Robinson talks to the podcast about his first Major League Spring Training trip and his 2022 season in which he led the Minors in saves. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss Noah Song’s arrival in Phillies camp, and Ben has details on the Akron Devil Strips.

New Lake County owner/president Alan Miller talks about his love for the Minors and his previous experience running the Portland Pickles. Also, the co-hosts chat about new Minor League alternate identities, World Baseball Classic rosters and the start of Spring Training, while Josh maneuvers his way through another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Pirates seventh-rounder J.P. Massey discusses his life starting a pro career, and Fresno's Jonathan Bravo talks about a celebrity-filled promo coming in the 2023 season. Also, Ben, Sam and Tyler go over their scorekeeping strategies, and Josh gets eponymous in Ghosts of the Minors.

After working in the Minors for 30 years, broadcaster Johnny Doskow joins the podcast to talk about his jump from the Triple-A Sacramento booth to Oakland. Also, Josh plays favorites in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Hillsboro's Ronnie Gajownik joins the Minor League Baseball podcast after being named the first-ever woman manager at the High-A level. Also, Tyler and Sam break down MLB Pipeline's updated Top 100 Prospects list, Ben looks at the best stadium views in the game, Josh lumbers into another Ghosts of the Minors and the gang provides an update on the look of the Austin Nights.

Ben, Sam and Tyler put their heads together to design a Minor League cap for National Hat Day. Josh heads abroad in Ghosts of the Minors.

Tyler and Sam go division-by-division to provide New Year's prospect resolutions, Ben talks about the new Akron Sauerkraut Balls identity and Josh takes from the rich history of baseball in Ghosts of the Minors.

Mets No. 12 prospect Dominic Hamel joins the show to discuss his award-winning 2022 season and what’s ahead for him on the mound for 2023. Also, Ben, Sam and Tyler wrap up the year in Minor League Baseball, and Josh suits up for Ghosts of the Minors.

California League Visiting Clubhouse Manager of the Year Mario Guerrero joins the podcast to talk about what can be an unsung role in the game. Also, Tyler and Sam break down some big baseball moves from this week, and Josh presents another spudtacular edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben and Tyler look back on this year’s Winter Meetings, including interviews of Fort Wayne’s Mike Nutter and Bradenton’s Rebekah Rivette, plus Josh stops by with a slippery Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben speaks with Columbia's Brad Shank and John Kocsis about Fireflies Holiday Lights. Tyler and Ben talk Winter Meetings, Miguel Cabrera's pro debut. Josh dresses up another edition of “Ghosts of the Minors."

Ben, Sam and Tyler take turns selecting their favorite Minor League Baseball Marvel logos in a five-round draft, and Josh slings another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Rangers pitching prospect Grant Wolfram discusses the Arizona Fall League and his pair of 2022 league titles. Also, Ben looks at what new ownership means in San Antonio, Tyler and Sam talk about 40-man roster decisions and Josh dives deep into another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Daytona emcee The Young Professor (Matt Graifer) talks about his approach to an entertaining gig. Also, Ben previews the return of Ballpark Guides, Tyler and Sam look at a big weekend in the Arizona Fall League and Josh takes his seat in Ghosts of the Minors.

Hudson Valley general manager Tyson Jeffers talks to the podcast about the club's fall-themed identity coming to the field in 2023. Also, Ben shares details of new looks in Charlotte and Erie, Tyler and Sam preview a big weekend ahead in the Arizona Fall League and Josh launches another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Fort Myers GM Judd Loveland talks about the Mighty Mussels’ community efforts following Hurricane Ian. Also, Ben tells the tale of a Buffalo Bisons historian, Tyler and Sam preview the World Series and Josh provides a wealth of knowledge in Ghosts of the Minors.

Top St. Louis prospect and Nationwide Road to the Show ambassador Jordan Walker joins the podcast to talk about his time in the Arizona Fall League, his move to the outfield and his friendship with Masyn Winn. Also, Tyler and Ben choose some of their favorite Marvel Defenders of the Diamond logos.

High-school teammates, Top 100 prospects and Nationwide Road to the Show ambassadors Anthony Volpe and Jack Leiter make guest appearances to talk about their history and future. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the MLB postseason through a rookie lens, and Ben looks ahead to the MiLB-Marvel logo partnership.

No. 4 overall prospect and Nationwide Road to the Show ambassador Grayson Rodriguez joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his return from a lat injury and the outlook on the future of the Orioles. Ben, Sam and Tyler recap the Minor League postseason and the entire 2022 campaign, and Josh connects with another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Tyler wraps up what he saw from his time as a play-by-play announcer at the World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Germany, Ben brings stories from Erie and Rochester and Sam previews the prospect-filled Arizona Fall League following last week’s roster release.

Rocket City VP of marketing, promotions and entertainment Lindsey Knupp discusses her organization’s playoffs prep and the second year of the Trash Pandas identity. Ben, Sam and Tyler talk about Minor League rules coming to MLB and Ben’s recent road trip to Erie, Buffalo and Rochester. Also, Josh cracks open another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Tortugas GM Jim Jaworski discusses the club's fifth and final edition of the popular Bob Ross Bobblehead Night. Also, Ben previews his trip to Erie, Rochester and Buffalo, and Tyler and Sam look at the latest September callups (including a pair that happened after the original recording).

Longtime Express broadcaster Mike Capps discusses his career path from covering the Gulf War to entering the ballpark booth and his new book, “Grinders: Baseball's Intrepid Infantry.” Also, Ben looks at some classic throwback identities, Tyler and Sam preview September callups and Josh gets into the rhythm of the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Fort Myers broadcaster John Vittas reviews the pie slice rule and the challenge system in the Florida State League. Also, Ben takes listeners to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Tyler and Sam break down Project Birmingham and Josh ships out the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Pensacola director of communications Daniel Venn discusses their fan-created jerseys that were unique to each player. Also, Ben brings details on the St. Paul ball pigs, Tyler and Sam break down MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list and Josh sees red in the latest Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben and Sam talk with Tyler about their road trip to MiLB at Field of Dreams, Kelsie interviews Cedar Rapids pitcher and Iowa native Matt Mullenbach from Dyersville and Josh saddles up in another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Tyler, Sam and Ben remember Vin Scully following his passing, preview next week’s Field of Dreams Game and recap a Trade Deadline filled with blockbusters. Cedar Rapids general manager Scott Wilson also stops by the show to discuss preparations for next week’s event in Dyersville, Iowa.

Ben checks in with road-trip stories from Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Tyler and Sam preview the deals that could make for a memorable Trade Deadline and Josh forges his own path in the latest edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

In the midst of the All-Star break for both the Majors and Minors, Sam and Tyler recap the Futures Game and Draft and preview the second half for prospects. Also, Ben shares Seigo Masabuchi's story in St. Paul, and Josh cracks open the safe of another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

It’s a big week in the world of Minor League Baseball and prospects. Tyler and Sam draft their own Futures Game clubs and preview this weekend's actual 2022 Draft. Also, Ben tells the tale of Timmy Time in Beloit, and Josh jumps to it in Ghosts of the Minors.

Timber Rattlers VP of marketing Hilary Bauer discusses the constants and changes of promotions in Wisconsin. Also, Ben returns with stories from his Midwest trip, Tyler and Sam look at the new MLB Pipeline Top 100 and Josh saddles up for another segment of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben checks in from the road following his first visit to Beloit’s ABC Supply Stadium. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss the Major League debuts of Vinnie Pasquantino and Mark Appel, and Josh makes a mess of things in Ghosts of the Minors.

San Jose VP of marketing Matt Alongi tells the story of his club’s Beer Batters identity. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben debate whether Portland mascot Slugger is a seal or a dog, Tyler and Sam look at who could be the next Oneil Cruz and Josh cracks the case of the latest Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben and Sam talk with Asheville assistant GM Hannah Martin about a bear visitor to McCormick Field. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss midseason clinches, and Josh takes to the friendly skies of Ghosts of the Minors.

Ben is back from the road to share stories from his recent trips to Hartford, New Hampshire and Portland. Also, Tyler and Sam discuss Grayson Rodriguez's injury, the start of complex-league play and Gabriel Moreno's upcoming Major League debut.

Royals No. 4 prospect Vinnie Pasquantino discusses his hot start to the season at Triple-A Omaha and his proximity to the Majors as he closes in on Kansas City. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the top players of May, Ben previews his New England trip and Josh fills up the tank of another edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Modesto Nuts exec Veronica Hernandez discusses her place as the first Latina GM in Minor League Baseball. Also, Ben reviews his Texas trip, and Tyler and Sam discuss Adley Rutschman’s ascension to the Majors.

Frisco president/GM Victor Rojas talks about the RoughRiders' plans to honor a local Negro Leagues team from the last century. Also, Tyler, Sam discuss prospects in early spring, Ben tells the tale of Bud Fowler and Josh has a spicy edition of Ghosts of the Minors.

Tyler, Sam, Ben and Josh answer listener questions about everything from their backgrounds to the best Triple-A teams for the 2022 season. Also, Akron GM/COO GM/COO Jim Pfander stops by to discuss his club's upcoming food-related JoJos identity.

Dominic and Brennan Latkovski join the Minor League Baseball podcast to talk about the origins and recent history of the ZOOperstars!, a group of entertainers known across the Minor League landscape. Also, Tyler and Sam break down farm system rankings, Ben previews his trip to Somerset and Josh features a familiar-sounding team in Ghosts of the Minors.

Baltimore Orioles No. 6 prospect Gunnar Henderson joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his time in camp, his basketball background and the future of his rebuilding organization. Also, Tyler and Sam preview the remaining Spring Training roster battles, and Ben talks about bringing the joys of Minor League Baseball to new audiences.

No. 28 overall prospect Max Meyer joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to break down his first trip to Marlins Spring Training, his ascent to become last year's third overall pick and his multi-sport background in Minnesota. Also, Tyler, Sam and Ben celebrate the podcast’s 300th episode by looking back on what has happened in Minor League Baseball in the last six years and what they are most excited to see next.

Triple-A Reno general manager Emily Jaenson joins the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss her upcoming work on the on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Aces’ plans for 2021. Also, Tyler and Sam break down new rules coming to the Minors, and Ben details how Triple-A Charlotte’s dragon mascot Homer put out a city fire.

Tyler Maun, Sam Dykstra and Benjamin Hill gather around the mics to discuss the biggest MiLB news in years: the official restructuring of the Minor Leagues with 120 teams and new circuits across four levels.

Right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe shares the story of his December trade from the Nationals to the Pirates in this week’s Minor League Baseball podcast. Also, Tyler and Sam look at AL East rookie projections, and Ben remembers some ballpark legends the Minor League community lost in the last year.

Nationals first-rounder Cade Cavalli calls into the Minor League Baseball podcast to recount his first year in pro ball. Also, Tyler and Sam break down the Francisco Lindor trade to the Mets, and Ben shares his favorite Minor League bobbleheads of the last 10 years.

Tyler Maun, Sam Dykstra and Benjamin Hill come together to look back on the year that was in Minor League Baseball – what was lost, what they missed, what they learned and what they’re looking forward to most about the year to come. (Trust us, it ends on an optimistic note.) Happy holidays from everyone at the podcast and MiLB.com!

Rays No. 13 prospect JJ Goss joins this week's Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss his time at instructs, his development in what could have been a lost year and what it's like to watch the playoffs as a member of the Tampa Bay system. Also, Tyler and Sam break down what has made rookies Randy Arozarena and Ian Anderson so successful in the postseason, and MiLB.com's Kelsie Heneghan and Josh Jackson call in to talk about their recent stories about "Gilmore Girls" star (and former Minor League pitcher) Scott Patterson and Erie owner Fernando Aguirre.

White Sox director of player development Chris Getz calls into this week’s episode of the Minor League Baseball podcast to discuss how prospects like Luis Robert and Dane Dunning pushed Chicago to the postseason for the first time since 2008 and which other players stood out at the club’s alternate training site. Also, Benjamin Hill goes over Beloit’s new team name contenders, and Tyler tells the tale of the El Paso Diablos identity.

Padres Minor League manager Phillip Wellman joins this week’s episode to look back at Double-A Amarillo’s run to a Texas League title in 2019. He also discusses the many prospects from that club that have been traded to other organizations. Also on the show, Tyler and Sam break down what’s missed without a 2020 Minor League postseason, Benjamin Hill reviews what clubs did during the season that wasn’t and MiLB.com’s Josh Jackson shares the story of Smead Jolley, a Monster of the Minors.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.