Pueblo, Pima and Arizona great George Arias‘ youngest son, Nick, a junior at Tucson High, has committed to continue his baseball career and education in college at Grand Canyon.
Nick, 6-foot and 165 pounds, is a middle infielder who also plays for his dad’s Tucson Champs. He also trains out of his dad’s Centerfield Baseball Academy. His older brother George Jr. is a third-year sophomore right-hander at Arizona.
I am very humbled and excited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at Grand Canyon University. I am grateful for the people who have impacted my life to help me get to this point.
Go Lopes🤘🏼 pic.twitter.com/40pK68z311
— Nick Arias (@Nick___Arias) September 22, 2020
Nick, 17, started playing at the varsity level for the Badgers as a freshman in 2018. In 31 games at that level the last two years, he is batting .286 with seven doubles and 13 RBIs.
Also a right-handed pitcher, he has been timed throwing the ball across the diamond at 91 mph in an infield workout. His fastball has been recorded at 85-87 mph, mixing in a curve that shows potential at 72 mph.
After excelling with Pueblo and Pima, George Sr. played at Arizona in 1993, appearing in 60 games and hitting .345 with 23 home runs and 75 RBIs. His home run total is second-most in a single season in Wildcat history. He went on to play Major League Baseball with the California/Anaheim Angels and San Diego Padres.
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