Monday November 29th, 2021

2021 Free Agent Dylan Azevedo




Dylan Azevedo

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 5/19/2021

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

This year I am playing with ECH a (C) team out of North Texas. In the previous years I played for 2Down/Run-it/ Eagle Sentry a (C) team out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play 2B, 1B, but my best position is OF

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Flip Washington, he always gives 110% on the field. He is always working to improve his game.

Why do you like the game of softball?
I love the game because I like being pushed by better competition to make myself better. It’s a brotherhood game, you and your team start to become family on and off the field. Being on the field is my happy place.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Mason Farmer, from Texas. He just started playing for Competitive Edge. He is an outstanding player with a lot of talent who players underestimate. He is a stud outfielder, and he has a absolute fire stick. 

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Azzie, is a nickname I picked up a few years ago because no one could say my last name right. Or I would go by pickle, people gave me that because every tournament I would eat pickles and pickle juice. No one understood why I would eat and drink pickle juice.

What is your height and weight?
6’0 and 210 lbs

Where do you call home?
My new home is Melissa, Texas 

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
My weekend off would consist of getting a round or two of BP or tee work in the morning. Then BBQ with friends and just kick back. Don’t have family here in Texas near me so I usually hang out with friends or it’s a weekend of fishing.

What do you do for a living?
I work for a landscape supply company as a Assistant Manager.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played baseball, football, and soccer. All 4 years in high school. 

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I started playing lower ball with friends, just thinking it was a for fun sport that people just played on the weekend for fun. Randomly got asked to play in a all nighter and thought the people were crazy wanting to play a all night tournament. But then I found out that there was upper level ball, and watched some tournaments and told myself I’d be there one day. And I started looking up tournaments and asking anyone to play. I would travel anywhere to play at the time. I was flying to tournaments to randomly play and would take ride trips to anywhere in state and out of state to learn the new level of play.  Now living here in Texas I’m pushing myself 100x harder to get to that next level.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Getting the opportunity to play in some of the Major tournaments, sitting and watching games, the big thing that caught my attention is the speed of the game, and the consistency of players hitting. 

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
I been told a player that I would be compared to is Tyler Marshburn. But outside of playing been told multiple times have the look of Lewis Steele on the field.

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
A game that sticks out to me is from playing Primetime/Easton (A) conference team at the Mansfield major I went 4-4. And the pitcher asking how the heck is gonna get me out. Also a play during that game I scored from first base with a hit to the left center gap, and Flip Washington came up to me and told me I was Fast Fast.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
The single player that changed the way I look at the game is my good friend/ ex teammate. He told me he has never seen anyone play as hard as I do every single play, no matter where I play INF or OF. He told me never give up and never put your head down, there is always someone watching. He told me there wasn’t anyone that he could compare me to.  But he changed the game for me because made me feel like I’m a special player who could make a huge impact with my attitude on the field and always a spark plug because there is never a off play and anything could happen any minute.  

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Always play like someone is watching, never put your head down it’s slow pitch softball there is always a inning when there will be a lot of runs put up. There is always room for improvement, don’t think your to good to get a learning lesson from someone.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Over hand overlap, and hang the pinky off the knob of the bat. 25.5 oz or 26 oz 

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
The offseason usually consists of a couple weeks off for rehab of the body. Then it kicks back into batting practice, tee work , and fielding. Always working on the game to get better. But a lot of cardio and swimming is huge in my off season.  

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
My favorite team is the LA Dodgers.  And favorite sport would have to be fishing. 

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
Shot of pickle juice before every game

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
My walk up song would be “Sold by John Micheal Montgomery “

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
An improvement that upper level should change is that all tournaments should be duals. Gives more teams opportunities to get more points.

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Snowball is a great tournament for fun, a lot of upper players playing on random teams. It’s a unlimited bomb tournament, so all the big players get to free swing. Another tournament is Bone Yard blast in Reno, Nevada.  It’s a 72 hour tournament with 200+ teams. Great teams from all over the world come.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Softball world in Euless,Texas. Because they have turf infield and grass in the outfield and it isn’t so hard on the outfielders feet and legs. Another park is Berliner in Ohio. Great complex with how many fields they have.

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Chipotle or somewhere for wings

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen on a softball field?
Playing in a big tournament and people we know using a different name thinking we wouldn’t realize who they were and they begged us not to protest.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I’m always underestimated on my speed because the way I am built. I don’t ever take any play off.


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