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MiLBYs discussion (2:58)
Sam and Tyler play the part of award-season presenters and analysts -- imaginary tuxedos and all -- by breaking down the major MiLBY Awards categories, including the following:
- Starting Pitcher of the Year: Blake Snell led the Minors with a 1.41 ERA in a breakout season while Jose Berrios dominated the top two levels of the Twins' system, Jose De Leon and Alex Reyes racked up K's by the bunches and Tyler Glasnow put together a potential repeat award-winning campaign.
- Reliever of the Year: There are any number of ways you can break down how to pick the best reliever in the Minors. There are those who put together quality traditional stats like Zac Curtis, who led the Minors with 33 saves. Or there are others like Oliver Drake, who has a cool backstory in that he was a 43rd-round pick out of the Naval Academy who took eight years to break out as an impressive bullpen arm.
- Offensive Player of the Year: A.J. Reed had one of the best offensive years in recent Minors history, but is it enough to earn votes from fans this month? The guys also talk about Jose Martinez's big year in Omaha and how different Max Kepler's road to his nomination was.
- Breakout Prospect of the Year: How does one define a breakout player? Is it a player who topped certain statistical categories, like Snell and Reed, thus forcing us to think of them as uber-prospects? Or is it someone like Orlando Arcia and Jacob Notthingham, who beat expectations by a significant margin?
- Best Team: The Astros have three representatives on the list, including Pacific Coast League and Triple-A champion Fresno. But there are seven other deserving candidates like Southern League champion and prospect-packed Chattanooga and Savannah, holders of the 18-game winning streak.
- Best Farm System: The Astros have grabbed plenty of headlines for sending six teams to the postseason, thanks to the work of plenty top prospects, but the Twins, Mets and Cubs arguably did the best jobs of turning prospects into helpful Major League pieces down the stretch.
Other MiLBY categories include Game of the Year, Best Individual Performance, Photo of the Year and three video categories. See them all at MiLB.com/MiLBY. Voting runs until Oct. 27.
Ben's Biz Banter (49:43)
- Benjamin Hill joins for his weekly segment to wrap up his experience at the Promo Seminar in Columbus and talk about the Golden Bobbleheads. Also, as part of this special MiLBYs podcast, Ben talks with Tyler about their favorite candidates for Promo of the Year.
Wrapping up (1:06:55)