About Nico Maida

Student Athlete Personal Statement

Overview

After graduating from Grossmont High School in San Diego, California, I attend Grossmont College and play 2nd base. I have been middle infielder most of my life and have played both sides on my college, high school and travel ball teams. I was a 3 year starting varsity shortstop in high school and primarily now play 2nd base in college. Typically, I either lead off or hit in the number two spot.

Background

I was one of only two players in my freshman class asked to play JV, where I started and played SS, and was the lead off hitter, ending the season with 128 plate appearances and a BA=.429, OBA=.547 and SLG=.806. That year I was invited to play in the 16U USA Baseball Championships.

Throughout my 4 years in high school I played and was the starting SS for our club’s 18U Elite Team. As a sophomore I played in the Junior Fall Classic and Perfect Game National Championship for Upperclassman. That same year I qualified to attend the USA Baseball 16U NTIS Showcase in Cary, NC and was later selected to the Bobby Valentine All American National Team. I also made the high school varsity squad where I was selected as starting shortstop and helped our team reach the CIF Division-1 Championship Game.

In my junior year, I played in the Senior Fall Classic and again in the Perfect Game Upper-Class Tournament. I again made the varsity squad and secured the starting shortstop position, leading our team in HRs and RBIs. That year I received the East County Unsung Hero Award and was selected to the Union Tribune (UT) All Academic Team, 2nd Team All League and played in the San Diego County All-Star Game.

My senior year turned out to be the most exciting and rewarding year of my high school career. Not only did I lead the team with a .415 average, I helped our team win both league and a CIF Division 1 Championship. A the conclusion of the year I was selected to the UT All Academic Team, 1st Team All League, 1st Team East County, 2nd Team All CIF, and was named Grossmont HS Defensive Player of the Year. In addition and a result of the success I had at the club level, I was chosen to play for the San Diego Padres Scout Team, and was named to the Perfect Game High Follow List, Perfect Game EvoShield All Tourney Team and a Rawlings Senior High School All American and Perfect Game High School Senior Selection Honorable Mention

After my first year playing college ball I have a lot to be thankful for and have had a great experience. For one, I was blessed to be the only player on the team to start every game and play every inning of every game this past year. As a freshman and starting 2nd baseman, I not only had fun, but I learned a tremendous amount and have progressed as a player. I ended up the season with a .346 average that led the team, was 6th overall in our conference and 54th overall across the state. I also led our team in several other stats, including games played, at bats, hits, doubles and average. As a freshman, I was able to accomplish more than I had hoped for. I was at the top of most team stats including 2nd in stolen bases, 3rd in runs scored and SLG, and 4th in OBP and RBIs. I continue to strive to be patient at the plate and be selective with my pitches; striking out only 7 times in 153 at bats. In addition, I was named as the recipient of the Grossmont College Ed Olsen Award for leadership both on and off the field, something I am most proud of.

Lessons Learned

Playing baseball at the highest levels for over 10 years it has taught me the highs and lows of the game. Like getting to one game away from the Pony League World Series or twice winning the Cooperstown Championship Game and being named MVP by our coaches both times. Then there was disappointment of an injury that caused me to miss part of my sophomore varsity season, playing on the Bobby Valentine National Team. Baseball has shown me that you have to overcome adversity to succeed, which has made me determined never to give up or discouraged and to always focus on getting better.

Challenges

My own personal challenge is to show all the doubters who believe I’ll never be tall, strong or swift enough to compete against the world’s elite players. I know I have to always prove myself every day by working harder than most athletes so that I am able to do what I need to do on the field. I strive to continually get better; working on hitting the ball to all fields, and using soft hands and quick feet to become solid defensively. To help me achieve my goals I work with a position, hitting, and speed and agility coaches on an individual basis. This is something I’ve always done and what drives me as a player.

Goals

My goal has always been to play baseball in college and at the highest level of competition, hopefully at a Division I school. I believe I have the athletic ability, talent, skills and work ethic to compete at such levels. My ideal athletic experience, which I was able to realize, was to be in apposition where I could make a contribution as a freshman. I strive to be an impact player, always looking at how to help my team win. What I can offer a team is speed, quickness, agility, and baseball knowledge and intelligence. What you get is a player who has the drive, determination, intensity, hustle, and who understands sacrifice and hard work.

Evaluations

The following are some evaluations from D1 camps and showcases I have attended.

  • “Your game is sound, offensively your swing is clean, and defensively you have a great internal clock and feel for the game, intangibles that are necessary at the next level.”
  • “He has good balance and bat speed, makes consistent contact, nice line drive swing, goes with pitch.”
  • “He looked good on the infield with smooth actions and nice hands. He also showed good bat speed with a line drive swing path at the plate. Maida showed good instincts on the base paths taking the extra base when it was there and got down the line in a hurry.”

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