The Show Before the Show: Episode 111

Indians' McKenzie discusses racking up K's, 'Doc' nickname

By MiLB.com | May 25, 2017 1:50 PM ET

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via the Stitcher app. Send your questions and feedback to podcast@milb.com. You can follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) and Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) on Twitter.

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Episode 111

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Three Strikes (3:20)

  • The Yankees made big headlines this week by promoting top prospect Gleyber Torres to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after only 32 games at Double-A Trenton. Tyler and Sam discuss why New York decided to push the 20-year-old shortstop and what it means for his immediate future.
  • The White Sox made a big addition to their improving farm system by signing Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, MLB.com's top international prospect for the 2016-17 class. The guys talk about what Robert will bring stateside and how his signing will likely be the last of its kind.
  • Tyler and Sam close out the first segment by chewing over Anthony Alford's promotion from Double-A New Hampshire straight to the Blue Jays. As noted in the podcast, this segment was recorded Tuesday before news broke that Alford suffered a fractured hamate bone in his left wrist, but it does provide insight into the Blue Jays' thinking in promoting MLB.com's No. 62 overall prospect.

Triston McKenzie interview (30:06)

  • The Indians' No. 3 prospect is off to a hot start with Class A Advanced Lynchburg, posting a 2.60 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 45 innings. McKenzie joins the show to discuss how he's been able to rack up so many K's in 2017 and how he earned the nickname Doc.

Ben's Biz Banter (40:24)

  • MiLB.com's Benjamin Hill is back from his trip to California. He talks about his last stop in Rancho Cucamonga and also brings exciting news about his collaboration with Topps baseball cards, presenting a 15-card set involving some of his favorite people, places and things in the Minors.

Wrapping up (1:01:55)

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