The Show Before the Show: Episode 130

Orioles' Hays talks about breakout 2017, getting the call to MLB

By MiLB.com Staff | October 6, 2017 2:20 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 and Google Play. 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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Three Strikes (4:30)

  • Voting for the annual MiLBY Awards opened Friday afternoon, and to preview the contest that determines the best of the 2017 Minor League season, Tyler and Sam discuss which categories require the toughest choices.
  • The Major League playoffs began this week, but the road to the postseason started much earlier. Using last week's Toolshed as a guide, the two hosts discuss which playoff-bound clubs relied most heavily on homegrown talent to find success.
  • John Coppolella stepped down from his position as Braves general manager earlier this week amid reports that Major League Baseball was investigating whether Atlanta broke any rules signing international prospects. Reports indicate that the Braves' signing of No. 38 overall prospect Kevin Maitan is part of the investigation and that Maitan could become a free agent, if Atlanta did indeed sign him illegally. Tyler and Sam break down what this all means in Strike Three.

Austin Hays interview (39:45)

  • Hays enjoyed one of the most impressive hitting seasons in the Minors in 2017, leading all Minor Leaguers with 310 total bases while hitting 32 home runs between Class A Advanced Frederick and Double-A Bowie. The impressive performance earned him his first trip to the Majors in early September. The 22-year-old outfielder joins the show to talk about what went into his first full Minor League season, how he found out he was going to the bigs and how he's preparing to compete for a Major League job in the spring.

Wrapping up (1:01:11)

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