Bonus: One-on-one with Cole Uvila
Having wrapped up Season 2 just as spring training was starting to crank up, it was time to catch up with Cole Uvila. So I headed out to Surprise, Arizona, and on Feb. 22, Cole and I sat down for a more traditional interview. Cole caught us up on everything that had happened since the…
Ep. 12: ‘The Stars Aligned’
Cole Uvila heads home to begin his offseason, taking with him a new-found momentum after a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. That showing included one eye-opening pitch in the league’s All-Star game that not only bested the top prospect in the AFL, but also grabbed the attention of some scouts, reporters and analytics…
Ep. 11: ‘Every Dollar I’m Worth’
Cole finds himself navigating the slippery world of sports agents, going to one breakfast meeting after another, hearing pitch after pitch, searching for an agent who believes in him as much as he believes in himself. Meanwhile, his outings in the Arizona Fall League go so well that he lands the biggest honor of his…
Ep. 10: ‘Bordering on Elite’
As the season winds down in late August, Cole Uvila prepares for the Carolina League playoffs — with Hurricane Dorian looming — while also looking forward to competing in the Arizona Fall League, battling some late-season fatigue and reveling in the continuing improvement of his curveball.
Ep. 9: ‘Exactly What I Want’
Cole Uvila takes us inside a light-hearted yet talented minor league clubhouse. Meanwhile, his dominant play has prompted the Texas Rangers to throw yet another challenge his way — a challenge he has been wanting for some time.
Ep. 8: ‘A Reason This is Happening’
Cole Uvila goes to the video tape to try to see what’s behind his command problems, drawing on a mantra he was taught by his late mother, Denise, that there is always a reason for something that is happening, to not get to high or too low, but to ride the wave.
Ep. 7: ‘I’m not going to just lay down’
Baseball is usually referred to as America’s pastime, but the same could be said of poker. As it turns out, Cole Uvila loves poker just as much as baseball, and he finds that he can draw lessons from the card game that apply to his play on the diamond.
Ep. 6: ‘Just Roll With It’
As the second half of the Carolina League begins, Cole Uvila experiences a series of ups and downs, including a bizarre outing in which it seems everything goes wrong, plus a series of difficult road trips. Meanwhile, his fiancee Kayla is also adjusting to the baseball life and shares her thoughts on navigating their long-distance…
Ep. 5: ‘Baseball and Magic’
Cole Uvila is on a roll as he heads into the Carolina League All-Star break. But he’s not content to rest as he heads back to Seattle for the break. Instead, he returns to Driveline Baseball with a simple goal: To turn his curveball from merely a secondary pitch into a dangerous weapon.
Ep. 4: ‘It’s not career ending’
As Cole Uvila looks back on a rough month of May, he realizes things aren’t nearly as bad as they felt. Meanwhile, his father Steve, who gave up his own sporting passion in order to support Cole, discovers that things can come full circle.