The Show Before the Show: Episode 74

Phillies' Moniak discusses road to being top pick, adjustment to pros

By MiLB.com | August 31, 2016 2:15 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. 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 74:

Three Strikes (3:00)

  • Inspired by an Insider column by ESPN.com's Keith Law, Tyler and Sam start off with a discussion about whether September roster expansions mean as much as they used to, ahead of the moves expected to come Thursday.
  • More end-of-season All-Star lists have emerged since the last episode, so the guys turn their focus to which names stood out most for the way they performed in 2016.
  • There's only one week left in the regular season for most Minor League teams, so Tyler and Sam finish the opening segment with a quick look at some of the Minors' most interesting playoff races.

Mickey Moniak interview (25:34)

  • The Phillies' No. 2 prospect calls into the show to talk about his road to being the top pick in the 2016 Draft, how he's adjusted to life in professional baseball, what's different about him since his high school days and what lessons he's picked up from his grandfather, who spent time working with Ted Williams during his days as a Red Sox Minor Leaguer.

Ben's Biz Banter (39:30)

Wrapping up (59:19)

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