The Show Before the Show: Episode 63

Indians first-rounder Benson talks Draft experience, expectations

By MiLB.com | June 16, 2016 3:00 PM

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. 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 63:

Three Strikes (0:30)

  • Tyler and Sam start off the latest podcast by recapping last week's Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Sam talks about what it was like to be in the Draft room for the first day of picks, and both guys go over which draftees could be on the fast track to the Majors.
  • Moving back to the Minors, top overall prospect Lucas Giolito appears to be over his early struggles at Double-A Harrisburg and set a career high with 12 strikeouts in a start last week. The co-hosts discuss what Giolito has done to find his control and what it all means for the rest of his 2016 campaign.
  • Finally, three Class A Short Season and Rookie-level circuits (New York-Penn, Northwest, Pioneer) begin their seasons Friday, leading Tyler and Sam to discuss how those leagues operate and what type of prospects will likely play there this summer.

Will Benson interview (24:00)

  • Before he was taken with the 14th overall pick by the Indians, Georgia high school outfielder Will Benson chatted with Sam about his pre-Draft experience, what type of player he hopes to become, the adjustments he needs to make in the pros and his dream Draft scenario.

Ben's Biz Banter (31:23)

Wrapping up (44:11)

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