“I feel like I’m in control, having seniority over popups and stuff,” Akins said of playing shortstop. “I feel like if I’m in control, I have a good chance of being a leader out there.”
That desire for leadership and control could probably also be said of pitching.
When he’s not playing baseball or training for it, Akins is watching it. He said his favorite team is the Texas Rangers, and his favorite player is second baseman Ian Kinsler.
“He seems like he’s a tough out,” Akins said of Kinsler.
“Always confident-looking, and he’s savvy.”
Akins said he also enjoys golf, but rarely has time for it because of how much work he puts into baseball.
Wherever Akins winds up, he said he wants to be a physical therapist.
Whether his baseball career ends in a month or in a couple of years from now, Akins always wants to be part of competitive athletics.
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