Thursday November 15th, 2018

2018 Free Agent pitcher Jeff Porter



Jeff Porter

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 5/31/2017

Who are you playing with in 2017?
Free agent for 2017 –

Played conference prior to 2017.

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Pitcher is my primary position. I also play 1B and of course catch.

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Too many to list.

Why do you like the game of softball?
Competition as well as a chance to meet new friends.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Too many to name all of them but no question Kyle Pearson would rank at the top. He is a complete player and get results when he plays.

Got to mention the local guys in Kentucky: Trey Gilliland, Nick Utley, Tyler Scott, Daron Morris, Gabe Pirtle

What is your height and weight?
6 ft

Where do you call home?
Marion, Kentucky

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Spending time with the family at the lake and/or any thing outdoors.
Also like to play "back yard" tournaments to stay in playing shape.

What do you do for a living?
Safety Compliance Officer

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played one year of college football.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Played some open tournaments when I was younger and took off some time to coach baseball.  When I came back a few years ago, Trey Gilliland (Classic Glass) gave me an opportunity to play some "back yard" open tournaments and it has taken off from there.
Have to give a huge thanks to Trey as well as Tyler Scott for providing an opportunity to pitch in conference.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
I guess the biggest difference is that everyone for the most part act very professional and you don't have all the drama that you do at non-conference tournaments.
It wasn't a surprise the level of talent and the speed of the game.

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

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
There are several people who helped me along the way.
When I started playing again a few years ago,,Trey Gilliland got me into playing some open tournaments that involved conference players and it open up some doors. (Thanks Trey!!)
Also Tyler Scott provided me an opportunity to pitch conference with Slayer. (Thanks Tyler!!)

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Keep your mouth shut and play hard all the time.
Also I would advise them to contact conference players as well as teams and ask to take part in BP with them as well as get advice from them.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Finger off the knob, partial overlap
27 and 28 oz

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Practice Pitching
Officiate ballgames to stay in shape

What would be your "at bat" music selection?

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Keep working on player safety and maybe advance from the traditional 10 man defense to a 11 man to provide more opportunity for players as well as speed up the game.  I really like it the way it is for the most part.

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

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

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I officiate high school football, basketball and baseball games. I feel the pain of the conference umpires!! LOL

What was your favorite sports related gift you have ever given or received?
State championship trophy




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