The TPL Pod features athletes, coaches, and trainers sharing how they have achieved their level of success, what decisions they made to get there, and who they surrounded themselves with along the way that allowed them to reach the top of their field. Hosted by MLB pitcher and charismatic chatter, Zack Weiss.
11 | Becci Twombley, RD of LA Angels, LA Lakers and ReBuild Nutrition | Fueling For Athletic Performance
Becci Twombley is the dietitian for the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Lakers. She previously built UCLA’s sports nutrition program before heading to USC to run their program. Becci’s knowledge of sports performance nutrition, specifically for baseball, is unparalleled. She shares with us some important foundational pillars of nutrition, the importance of food quality, and what essential nutrients all athletes should be making sure are in their diet. She is a self proclaimed food optimist who finds value in all foods, as she emphasizes practical solutions rather than strict diets. Her new company, ReBuild Nutrition, is focused on providing injured athletes with recovery protocols and targeted nutrient delivery during the healing process.
10 | Jon Moscot of Blast Motion | How To Use Data & Analytics In Player Development
On today’s episode, we are joined by Jon Moscot. Our conversation focused primarily on the blending of data and analytics with the human elements of a player's performance. While with the Cincinnati Reds, Jon was a member of the 2015 and 2016 starting rotation before transitioning into a coaching role, focused on blending the analytical side of pitching into a practical application for players. Jon now works for Blast Motion as he has extensive knowledge of understanding the important metrics in a swing. Jon does a great job of explaining complex concepts by blending his experience as a player with his knowledge of how to properly use data. We dive into what hitting and pitching metrics matter and how to apply those metrics to a player's development.
9 | Morgan Stuart of Defense Club and The Packaged Deal | Empowering Athletes To Find Their Inner Voice
As a kid, Morgan was a stud on the field but didn't always know how to find her voice. Her success led her to the University of Washington where she won a Women's College World Series. After college, she co-founded The Packaged Deal with her focus being on defense. As a way to help athletes build their "inner defense", Morgan founded Defense Club, an online club centered around coursework and community to develop a player's mental and communication skills. Morgan uses her personal experience to guide how she coaches the next generation of athletes and offers insight into the challenges of navigating the competitive landscape of youth sports.
8 | Dave Coggin of PFA Fitness and Pocket Path | Teaching Proper Arm Path Mechanics
Dave Coggin, Founder of PFA Fitness and the Pocket Path, has revolutionized how coaches teach proper arm path training. What was once an "untouchable" part of pitching mechanics, Dave found that by focusing on cleaning up the early stages of the arm path, other aspects of a pitcher's delivery would often fall in line and clean up on their own. He has now developed the Pocket Path to provide athletes of all ages a way to train simple and efficient throwing mechanics. Dave offers insight into how he developed his pitching philosophies, what he strives to teach his athletes, and where he sees the future of PFA and the Pocket Path.
7 | MLB Scouts Carlos Muniz (Indians), Jimmy Moran (Reds) & Seth Moir (ex-Twins) | Player Evaluation and The Draft Process
MLB scouts roundtable with Carlos Muniz of the Cleveland Indians, Jimmy Moran of the Cincinnati Reds, and Seth Moir, formerly of the Minnesota Twins
In this episode:
The evaluation process and how it has changed
What a scout loves to see...and what they might not love
The importance of getting to know players and their families
How analytics have impacted the evaluation process and ability to compare players to current professionals
Why Carlos was higher on Cy Young winner Shane Bieber than the rest of the industry
Draft strategy and why certain players get drafted in certain spots
Whether you're a fan looking for more insight into the scouting and drafting process, or a player getting ready for this process, this episode is loaded with great insight from three highly regarded MLB scouts.
6 | David Berg of UCLA Baseball | Evolution of College Baseball and Finding the Right Recruits
David Berg was the greatest college reliever of all time. During his 4 dominant seasons at UCLA, he was the Pac-12 pitcher of the year twice, competed as a member of Team USA, and closed out UCLA's College World Series championship in 2013. David went on to play professionally in the Chicago Cubs organization before returning back to coach at his alma mater. Now that he has transitioned into coaching, David explains what allowed him to have such great success and how he's imparting that knowledge on the current UCLA pitching staff. He offers great insight into what it's like working alongside Coach Savage, how the college game has evolved in just a few short years, and what matters to the coaching staff when recruiting for one of the country's premier college programs.