Thursday November 24th, 2022

2022 Free Agent infielder Aaron Sandoval



Aaron Sandoval

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 12/5/2019

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?
2022 Free Agent –

2020 Rebel

2019 SNI/EASTON/Worshams
2016-2018 JBL/Tailgaters/B&E/Pauer

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
My best position would be SS

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
I would say the best player I've seen play would be Andy Purcell because he can play on both sides of the ball very well and is a very good team player when it comes to hitting.

Why do you like the game of softball?
I enjoy softball because its an opportunity to be competitive and have the camaraderie that i had in college baseball.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I believe the best up and coming player would be John (Biscuit) Dombrowski, he's one of the best pitchers I've played with and against throughout my few years in softball.

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Panda was my nickname in college and John Radich started calling me that when we played together.

What is your height and weight?
6'0" 245 lbs

Where do you call home?
Murfreesboro, TN (25 minutes from Nashville)

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
I enjoy spending time with my family and going fishing.

What do you do for a living?
I'm a caretaker for a quadriplegic veteran.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Yes, played Baseball in High School then went on to Junior College and played Division I in Nashville.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I was given my first shot in softball with a C team out of TN after playing in an open fundraiser tournament. I got my first shot at A when i was recommended by Clayton Shaw after playing with him on his off weekends back home.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The difference I've noticed is the level of respect players have for each other and the type of family atmosphere that is involved.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I would compare myself to someone like AJ Montano or Orlando Castillo because i can play anywhere in the infield and be very affective.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
My career highlight would be getting all tournament at the A World in 2018.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
I would say the people who have had the most significant impact would be my Sponsors Bill Lewis and Mike Paterak from 2016-2018 because they gave me a lot of knowledge of how to be a better defensive player and a better team player type of hitter.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
The main piece of advice i would give, would to be loyal because sponsors put a lot of money into this game, and when you're given your opportunity make the best of it.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
i use a 27 oz bat and regular grip.

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Take a lot of BP and play any chance i get.

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Reds

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?

What would be your "at bat" music selection?

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
My favorite tournament would be the dual at the beginning of the year because its the tournament that really plays a big part to whether or not you make the Major at the end of the year.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I'm a very loyal person and when i give someone my word i stick to it no matter the situation.



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