Chase Frady is heading next year to Atlanta, a city he calls “awesome.”
The Lakeside standout signed a baseball offer Monday with Georgia State. Frady will soon play baseball two hours away, with Georgia State’s future home stadium at the site of the old Fulton County Stadium where the Braves used to play.
“Everything happens in Atlanta,” he said. “It’s the heart of the Southeast.”
Frady has been playing baseball since he can remember. He played at Martinez-Evans Little League, Riverside Middle School and his freshman year at Greenbrier. He’s also played travel ball with several teams.
Frady also played basketball and football as a youth, but baseball remained his main sport.
“I like the mental aspect of the game,” he said. “You always have to be thinking. The sharper your mind is, the more of an advantage you have.”
The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Frady grew up playing on the right side of the infield. Now, he’s entrenched at third base.
“Balls come at you fast. You’ve always got to be on your toes,” he said about playing the position. “It’s more of a hitter’s position. You really need to swing the bat.”
With Frady possessing a 3.45 GPA, Lakeside coach T.J. Davis said he’a dual-threat for Georgia State in the classroom and on the diamond. Last season, Frady hit better than .300 and helped the Panthers finish second in Region 3-AAAAAA.
“He’s a smart kid, had a good GPA,” Davis said. “Athletically, he’s a good baseball player - good arm, good bat. You know he can produce on the field as well as the classroom. That’s always a good thing.”
Frady said he’s thinking about majoring in either finance or physical therapy at Georgia State. Last season, the Panthers went 22-33. Georgia State’s last winning season was in 2015.