Monday November 11th, 2019
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Free Agent middle infielder Jonathan “Weats” Roberts

 

 

 

Jonathan "Weats" Roberts

USSSA Playing History

Interview conducted on 9/24/2019

Who are you playing with in 2019, and who have you played with in the past?
2020 Free Agent – Weats2727@yahoo.com or shoot me a message on Facebook. Jonathan Weats Roberts

2019 – MPT Rentals

What positions do you play and what is your best position?
MI,SS,2B

Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Brian Wegman. His play on the offensive and defensive side of the ball is unreal. Not to mention, his game IQ is off the charts.

Why do you like the game of softball?
It keeps up my competitive drive. The meet some incredible people and potential life long friends along the way.

Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
Mitch Lendenski from T&W. He has a motor that just doesn’t stop. Great wheels, hits for power and average. Cannon of an arm. 

What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Weats. Just a nickname I got from my parents when I was 1. 

What is your height and weight?
5’6” 200 lbs

Where do you call home?
Kentucky

What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Any type of hiking or going out with some friends to a Cincinnati Reds game. 

What do you do for a living?
I work for an investment firm.

Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
I played baseball throughout my Sophomore year in college at a D3 school.

How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
Tailgaters needed a SS due to injury for the Columbus Major and beyond in 2018. John Sullivan got in touch with Jon Dombrowski and recommended me for the position. 

What was the most surprising difference between Conference play and non-Conference play when you made the jump?
Pitching is one thousand times better and the defense is top notch.

Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
The only person I can think of is Reyna. His defense and intelligence of the players/the game put him in the right position 99.9% of the time. 

What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
My first tournament in The Conference. We run ruled Resmondo in 6 and left them on the field. Crazy to compete and beat people you’ve looked up to in the 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?
I’d have to say my father. He played a bit back in the day.

What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
Be consistent, be a good teammate, and network. Market yourself and backup the marketing with your play. 

What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Pinky wrapped around the knob. 26 oz

What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
Gym and take BP/ground balls. Throwing program. To keep up my arm strength. 

What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
Favorite sports team had to be The University of North Carolina Tar Heels. Primarily basketball but all of their athletics are great. Cincinnati Reds and Bengals. Love football. 

Do you have any superstitions and if so, what are they?
None.

What would be your "at bat" music selection?
My song for the Major this past year was Enemies-Post Malone

What is the best improvement upper level softball could make?
Be a little more lenient towards teams/sponsors that have to change flights or decide to leave a tournament. 

What is your favorite non-World tournament and why?
Cincinnati’s Metro tournament is the best.

What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Berliner in Columbus is always great. 

Where is the best place to eat on the road after a game?
I’m a big Chipotle guy. That or Bdubs.

Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I sing decently well. Some may know that one already.
 


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