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Team Brain Armor Spotlight: Nick Brown, Minnesota Twins

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With baseball’s Winter Meetings fully underway, it means Spring Training is just around the corner. Brain Armor was able to catch with Team Brain Armor member Nick Brown of the Minnesota Twins organization. Nick was selected in the 32nd round of the 2017 draft out of William & Mary. Nick was able to post a 3-1 record with a 3.93 ERA playing for the Twins affiliate Elizabethton Twins in his first season with the team.

Brain Armor: What has been your biggest takeaway from your time in pro ball thus far? How is it different from playing ball in college?

Nick Brown: In my short time in pro ball, I've learned that you can only be as good as your body allows you to be, and that taking care of it day in and day out is one of the most important things for a professional athlete. In college, my body usually felt fine, because I wasn't doing baseball 10 hours a day. However, in pro ball a 10 hour day is normal! It takes a toll and you have to be preparing your body to take care of itself.

BA: When did you feel like you were good enough to play baseball professionally?

NB: I've always felt that baseball was what I was most passionate about, and I've always worked hard to try and have success at whatever level I was at. If I was playing high school ball, I tried to dominate it, and if I got the chance to play at the next level then fantastic. If not, I gave it my all. I tried to live in the moment, and I'm glad it worked out.

BA: What are the one or two things most responsible for getting you to where you are today?

NB: My parents. I think it is a little bit cliche, but my parents gave me everything I needed in order to be successful and always knew when to back off and let me fail a little bit so I can learn to self-motivate and grow as a person. They've always been my support system, and I couldn't be where I am today without them.

BA: Now that we are in the offseason, what does a normal day look like as you prepare for Spring Training?

NB: I wake up, I brush my teeth, shower, and then get dressed. I start to make myself some food while I get out my supplements that I take daily. I try to take them all in the morning because I usually forget if I wait until evening. I take my serving of Brain Armor in liquid form, as well as 6 other pills in order to make sure my body is getting what it needs. I then eat and head out to my job at Hampton Roads Sports Academy and get my workout in before starting some lessons that I do in the offseason. After work, I come home to my beautiful girlfriend and relax just a little bit like the off-season is designed for.

BA: How have you incorporated Brain Armor into your daily routine and diet?

NB: Like I said before, I take it every morning. I recently switched to the liquid concentrate and put it in my smoothie or water in the morning. It is an easy way to make sure I'm getting what I need! I never miss a day.

BA: How has your diet changed since you’ve been drafted?

NB: Dramatically, I used to eat so terribly. But our nutritionist Kate has helped me get on track, and to be honest it is difficult. However I am sticking to it, not to lose weight but to gain it.

Thanks again to Nick Brown for taking some time this offseason to give us a peak into what's like to be professional baseball player. Keep an eye out for Nick this year as he moves up the Minnesota Twins organization.