Monday December 17th, 2018

2019 Free Agent outfielder Joey Hernandez




Joey Hernandez

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 9/4/2018

Who are you playing with in 2019?
2019 Free Agent – (682)-229-0649

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
Outfield LF CF and pitcher are my strongest positions. I will play wherever needed to help my team.

Why do you like the game of softball?
I have always been an athlete, I enjoy competing at a high level. Softball is fast paced with a great combination of athleticism and power.

What is your height and weight?
5’11” 215lbs

Where do you call home?
Dallas, TX

What do you do for a living?
I run my own business in the horse industry that allows me to fully commit and play when needed.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Track and football but track was mostly my thing. Started playing softball when I was 17.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got my start like most others. Started playing league ball with local guys and friends. Found out I really enjoyed playing and took it seriously. Put in the time and practice and jumped up to C ball pretty quickly.

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
The guys take it more seriously, play more consistent with less errors, and it is more structured.

In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Iv been fortunate enough to play around guys that play upper level and I keep learning as I go. Pick up tips here and there and put them to work. No single person has helped me solely.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Don’t play buddy ball, you never know who is watching, be a teammate, and always work hard.

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Drop pinky with two finger overlap

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I try to stay athletic and continue working on my game.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
Probably Red Hot Chili Peppers

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
I think it is going on the right direction. Would like to see it televised.


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