What’s up everyone! My name is Brandon Guyer and I am the National Director of Mental Performance and Nutrition here at Area Scouts. I wanted to use this blog post to tell you a little bit about myself and explain what I bring to the Area Scouts platform.
My professional baseball career started back in 2007, when I was drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of the University of Virginia. After playing four years in the Cubs minor league system and being named Minor League Player of the Year in 2010, I was traded to Tampa Bay. I made my big league debut with the Rays in Baltimore on May 6th, 2011.
That day was a culmination of a lifetime of hard work, and the fact that I was able to do it in front of family and friends at a stadium I grew up going to, Camden Yards, made it even more special. On top of that, in my first big league at-bat I hit a 2-run homerun, becoming the 108th player all time to accomplish that feat. Without a doubt, that was a direct result of years of mental work leading up to that moment. I was able to calm my nerves and focus on just playing the game. Simply put, that was the power of the mind at work.
After playing 4 years with the Rays, I was traded to the Indians. I had an incredible experience during my three seasons in Cleveland, making the postseason each year, and coming oh so close to winning the World Series in 2016. In early 2020 I retired from baseball after playing 7 years in the big leagues.
The transition from player to now coach has been pretty seamless, because I always knew that I wanted to help the next generation of athletes. I gained special knowledge in both mental performance and nutrition from personal experiences at every level of my career. In addition, I feel I can relate to all athletes, those who are just beginning their journey, the ones in the middle of it, and those who have made it.
While playing, I was fortunate to have worked with experts in various fields, such as sleep doctors, nutritionists, and mental coaches. Those experiences are what changed me the most. Not only did they give me that edge I needed to stay in the game, but they inspired me to pursue the career I have now. Following my MLB retirement, I completed two certifications in nutrition and one to become a mental skills coach.
I launched my business, Fully Equipped Athlete in July of 2020. It’s an online training platform with the mission of helping athletes bridge the gap between performance and potential through good nutrition and an elite mindset. Without those two tools, I know for a fact there is no way I would have had the career that I did. By developing an elite mindset, which I like to call the “6th tool”, and eating healthy, I was able to beat out many athletes who had more natural talent than I did. The Fully Equipped Athlete program is designed to help every athlete do just that and will now be the basis of my work with Area Scouts.
It was an easy decision. Area Scouts and Fully Equipped Athlete both have the same mission, helping athletes make the absolute most of their talent. It took one Zoom call with Lance and Josh for me to realize how great a platform this could be and its potential to help millions of athletes.
So, what exactly will my role be with Area Scouts? Glad you asked! First, I’ll be creating Mental Performance and Nutrition introductory questions for each athlete, many accompanied with videos from me based on the answers given. Next, I’ll be conducting both group and 1:1 training sessions with any and all of the athletes that wish to take their mental skills and/or nutrition to the next level. Lastly, I will be developing programs, hosting webinars, and speaking at clinics and camps throughout the country. This is just the beginning though, as we will continue to innovate and bring much more valuable knowledge to each and every athlete on the platform.
With the addition of mental performance and nutrition training, Area Scouts now has all bases covered (pun intended) when it comes to overall athlete health and development. As a youth athlete, trust me you will not find a better place to enhance your overall skill set. How do I know that? Because I looked for one when I was younger and throughout my playing career and there was no such thing! If you want the necessary tools to find out how good you can be, you’ve found it in Area Scouts.