Athletic Trainer Bios
Pittsburgh Pirates
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Director of Sports Medicine

Todd Tomczyk

Todd Tomczyk begins his 6th season as the Director of Sports Medicine for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After spending six years as the Head Athletic Trainer & five years as the assistant athletic trainer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tomczyk begins his 25th season working in professional baseball. He spent 8 years in the minor leagues for the Cleveland Indians farm system. Tomczyk spent the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the Triple-A Buffalo Bison’s athletic trainer. He held the same position for the Double-A Akron during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. In 2002, he was named the Akron athletic trainer mid-way through the season, prior to being named the Akron athletic trainer, Tomczyk was the rehabilitation coordinator for the Indians (2001-2002). Todd spent the first half of the 2001 season and the entire 2000 season as the athletic trainer for the Columbus RedStixx. He held the same position of athletic trainer for the Burlington Indians during the 1999 campaign. Baseball honors include being selected as the team athletic trainer for the 2019 MLB All-Star game and worked with team South Africa during the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He was also selected as an athletic trainer in the Arizona Fall League (Mesa – 2003). In addition, was part of the PBATS ML Athletic Training Staff of the Year (2014). The Pittsburgh, PA native earned a Bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Duquesne University (1998), and Master’s degree in exercise science and performance enhancement from California University of PA in 2003. Tomczyk is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES). He is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University. Additional credentials include a Mental Health and First Aid instructor. Todd and his wife Colleen, reside in Pittsburgh, PA with their two daughters.

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Head Athletic Trainer

Rafael Freitas

Rafael Freitas, 36, a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is entering his third season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prior to joining the Pirates, Rafael spent four seasons (2017-2020) as a Major League Assistant Athletic Trainer with the Milwaukee Brewers. He began his career as a minor league athletic trainer with the Cincinnati Reds (2012-2013) working at their Dominican Republic Academy. In 2014-2015 he served as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Low A Athletic Trainer (South Bend SilverHawks ’14, Kane County Cougars ’15) and spent the 2016 season as the AAA Athletic Trainer for the St. Louis Cardinals organization (Memphis Redbirds). Rafael worked with the Toros Azucareros del Este in Dominican Winter Ball in 2013 as well as serving as the Head Athletic Trainer for Team Brazil during the World Baseball Classic Tournaments in 2012-13 and 2016. In 2015 he was voted by his peers as the Midwest League Athletic Trainer of the Year. He earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Florida State University in 2010 and his master’s degree in sports and fitness from Florida International University in 2012. Freitas is an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and is also certified by the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Rafael resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Assistant Athletic Trainer

Tony Leo

Tony Leo, 49, is entering his 27th season in baseball and third season with Pittsburgh Pirates as the Assistant Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Pirates, he spent the 2020 season with the Oakland Athletics as their Infection Control and Prevention Coordinator. He began his baseball career spending 23 years with the Minnesota Twins. With the Twins, he was the Head Athletic Trainer (2018-19), Assistant Athletic Trainer (2011-17) and spent 13 years in their minor league system beginning his career as an intern Athletic Trainer with the GCL Twins in 1997. During the next 13 years he made stops throughout the Twins System at short-season Elizabethton (1998-99), single-A Quad Cities (2000-01), double-A New Britain (2002-04), and triple-A Rochester (2005-10). In 2003 he was selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game and in 2009 represented the International League in the AAA All-Star game. Tony is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is also a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through the Grey Institute. Leo, a native of Salem, OH, resides in Schaumburg, IL with his wife Jennifer and daughter Olivia.