Monday November 29th, 2021

2022 Free Agent middle infielder Gabriel Arias



Gabriel Arias

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 10/27/2021

Who are you playing with in 2022, and who have you played with in the past?
Free agent and took 2021 off for my business –

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Utility but mainly play middle man

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Luis Reyna, can place the ball anywhere he wants and has a glove that does not miss anything

Why do you like the game of softball?
Competition and learning the game from veterans

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Conference keith guy has the best sense of humor and can crush a ball

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Gabe short for my real name

What is your height and weight?
5’10 and 200

Where do you call home?
Millville, NJ

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Either playing ball or family time with my family

What do you do for a living?
Tree business owner

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Baseball high school and college

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Playing a pickup game for a friend and got my chance to play upper ball by dedicating my time to practice my infielding and hitting every night

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Orlando Castillo

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Walk off home run to win a championship game

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Ed convey aka dad! Gives me the pep talks so need and does not allow me to get in my head and ray focused on what I need to do to achieve success in softball

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Continue to practice and never give up. There’s always going to be haters out there that want you to fail. Keep your head up and keep pushing.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Gorilla grip and 26

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Batting cages and infield work

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
New York yankees

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

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Nothing at all

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Razorback is my favorite because all levels of softball come there to compete and you might play them and only way to get better is to play higher

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Field of dream California

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
Waffle House if not around hooters

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?

I’m an open book just ask

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