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Three Strikes (1:36)
- Most of this week's episode will focus on the big realignment news that will see two California League clubs (High Desert, Bakersfield) contracted for the 2017 season and two teams added to the Carolina League as a result. Tyler and Sam open up the podcast with a quick talk about what that all means specifically for the on-the-field product and specifically what the move from High Desert to Kinston will do for Rangers prospects.
- Both Tyler and Sam wrote separate pieces for MiLB.com last week on Dodgers No. 2 prospect Jose De Leon, who has been dominant at Triple-A Oklahoma City lately. The guys discuss what's gone into this recent string of strong performances by the right-hander and his chances at cracking the Los Angeles pitching staff this year.
- If we're nearing the end of the Minor League season, that means it's time for end-of-season All-Star lists to arrive en masse. Sam opines on how Midwest League MVP Eloy Jimenez (Cubs) and Appalachian League MVP Alex Kirilloff (Twins) surprised with their performances but didn't surprise with their award wins.
Dan Besbris interview (20:51)
- Bakersfield broadcaster Dan Besbris joins the show from the Blaze's last homestand to talk about how a front office deals with an announcement that its club is ceasing operations, what the reaction has been from the Bakersfield community, how the Blaze kept the historic Sam Lynn Ballpark standing and how the team is pushing for one last California League playoff berth.
Ben's Biz Banter (43:35)
Wrapping up (1:02:15)