The Show Before the Show: Episode 30

Pirates catcher McGuire talks Fall League, learning pitch framing

By Staff | October 23, 2015 12:00 PM

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'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. Send your questions and feedback to You can follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) and Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) on Twitter.

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Episode 30:

Three Strikes (1:40)

  • Tyler and Sam touch on the latest Organization All-Star pieces to run on since the last podcast with the Indians, Reds and Rockies. The guys discuss whose Org All-Stars spot would have surprised them back at the start of the season or, in the case of one Rockies prospect, back in June. The phrase "sans spleen" is used.
  • Turning to the Arizona Fall League, which is now in full swing, Sam talks about his AFL notebook on Red Sox first-base prospect Sam Travis and how he's seen the rise of his friend and fellow former Indiana Hoosier Kyle Schwarber.
  • For strike three, Tyler turns the podcast's attention to Brewers left-hander Josh Hader, who is pitching out of the bullpen in the AFL after a season in which he was traded for the second time in his career. 

Reese McGuire interview (18:54)

  • Pirates No. 6 prospect Reese McGuire calls in to the show from Arizona, where he's playing behind the plate for Glendale. The 2013 first-rounder updates the guys on life in the AFL and talks about his own defensive prowess, how the Pirates stress the art of pitch framing, what it's like to be a Tesla car owner in the times of self-driving cars and more.

Ben's Biz Banter (28:36)

Wrapping up (41:00)

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