Monday November 29th, 2021

2021 Free Agent Derek Skinner




Derek Skinner

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 12/3/2020

Who are you playing with in 2021, and who have you played with in the past?
2021 Free Agent –

Not playing with anybody I played with a couple of different teams until my own team Folded

What positions do you play and what is your best position?

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Enjoy seeing Ryan Harvey and Flip Washington

Why do you like the game of softball?
Enjoy playing relaxes me being on the field

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
I wouldn’t know off the top of my head

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Skinns because my last name is skinner

What is your height and weight?
6’0 and 220

Where do you call home?
Ventura, California

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
At the field playing ball of course

What do you do for a living?
I’m a welder

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball in high school. Baseball at a junior college

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
A great friend of mine brought me out during summer break of junior college. I got to the upper level by playing with GSP and then running with TOE2TOE playing c’s and B’s and finally ran my own squad in. B’s but folded.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Just the energy level the  Competitiveness

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Not off the top of my head

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
I just want to do my very best. Vegas tourney in December batted well that game, dove for some  good plays, and pitch a great game in Relieve.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
My good buddy that got me with toe2toe he new I would be an impact to the team playing outfield and even pitching. He new I loved the game

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep training hard set your goal and practice

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
I usually use where I overlap my hands and I use a 27

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Gym and batting practice live/cage eating healthy

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
I’m a Atlanta Braves fan and love watching hockey and baseball

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Not really

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Rock hip-hop country

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
My game play

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
I wouldn’t know there are alot

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Vegas and Florida they have nice fields I enjoy a nice field to play

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
In and out

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Someone getting snipered rounding third to win the game

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I’m usually the quiet one but when you get to know me I’m a great person to be around


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