This week's Minor League Baseball podcast has a somber tone. Tyler and Sam open up Three Strikes with a remembrance of former Blue Jays and Phillies ace Roy Halladay, who died at 40 this week in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.
Because it's been two weeks since the last podcast, the guys pick up Strike Two with a discussion on the MiLBY stories published since that time -- Sam's Breakout Prospect piece on Ronald Acuna and his relationship with Andruw Jones and Tyler's Best Individual Performance story about the time Dodgers prospect DJ Peters homered twice off Madison Bumgarner in the same inning.
Strike Three comes from a listener question from @CptLukeJenkins on Twitter, who asked the guys to discuss Dodgers infielder prospect Errol Robinson.
Foul ball: Tyler and Sam discuss briefly the evolving news around Shohei Ohtani and his potential signing this offseason.
Nick Pratto interview (36:45)
The Royals' top prospect joins the podcast to talk about his first professional season after going 14th overall in the Draft last June, how he's preparing for a full campaign in 2018 and how his history as a Little League World Series and Team USA hero impacts him today.
Ben's Biz Banter (53:09)
MiLB.com's Benjamin Hill discusses the passing of Rick Hader (better known as traveling Clown Prince of Baseball Myron Noodleman), the impact of Major League clubs buying and owning their Minor League affiliates and the return of his Bizzie Awards.
Wrapping up (1:08:53)
Just as Tyler and Sam were about to record the final segment, news broke that Red Sox catching prospect Daniel Flores had died at age 17 of complications during treatment for cancer. The guys react to the tragedy before closing out the show.