The Road to “The Show”–3 Pro Baseball Players Journey to MLB

Spring Training is about to begin and the baseball season is right around the corner. The last 15-weeks, I’ve been in the weight-room grinding and preparing 8 current MLB and minor-league players for their upcoming 2020 season. Baseball is a sport built on endurance, mindset…and failure. 

Yes, failure. Pro baseball is a long season that requires mental toughness, incredible endurance, massive consistency, good health, and keeping your mind right. In this episode, pro baseball players Stephen Gonsalves (3rd round), Brady Aiken (1st round/1st overall pick), and Daniel Camarena (20th round) share their journey, the mindset needed to succeed in baseball, tips for young athletes today, what they do daily to keep their minds right, and what drives them to be in the “Bigs.” 

Listen to this episode and you’ll have a seat in the dugout with these 3 young men on the reality of what the road to “the Show” really looks like. I believe you will glean great motivation, wisdom, and insight to how some extremely high-performers think, prepare, and ultimately perform, regardless if you’re in the “bigs” or still in the “minors” dreaming to get to the next level.


2:37- Meet Brady Aiken, Stephen Gonsalves, and Daniel Camarena

8:00- The Mindset Of “Play!”
Keeping the “kid” mindset.

8:50- The Mindset Of Transitioning To A New Team

10:20- The Mindset Of Approaching New Season… And Being Your Best Self

11:42- Training And Preparing For The Dream
How to keep moving to the next level… and their favorite part about it.

16:00- Playing With A Chip On Your Shoulder
Fighting to own your value.

17:15- Where Competition Meets Brotherhood
The value of training together.

20:10- How These Professional Baseball Players Keep Their Mind Right During Season
The glamourous reality, routines, and “finding it” when you don’t have it.

25:42- The Taste Of The Big Leagues
The difference in mental approach.

27:30- 3 Professional Athlete’s Advice On Overcoming Adversity
Dealing with failure, finding faith, overcoming injury, and enduring loss.

40:45- Your Favorite Athletes Battle What You Battle

41:26- “Do You Think Baseball Defines You?”

45:03- Nuggets Of Wisdom For The Young Athletes

49:27- One Last Thing These Boys Want You To Know About Them…
Giving back, character, and competition.

Special shout-out to Stephen Gonsalves, Brady Aiken, & Daniel Camarena for being guests on today’s IMPACT Show. You can follow them on IG at @stephen_gonsalves1; @brady_aiken; & stop by FQ10 to meet Daniel. 

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