Nading signs with Red Sox organization [Baseball]

March 24, 2013
Chad Nading

Persistence pays off in baseball perhaps more than any other sport because failure is such a big part of the game.

Just ask Chad Nading of Anchorage.

The 25-year-old pitcher has bounced around professional leagues in Arizona to Missouri to California and now he’s on the move again.

Nading, of East High fame, has signed with the Boston Red Sox organization and is headed to Florida for extended spring training.

“It’s just another opportunity to keep the dream alive,” he told me. “I’m very excited and happy. All I can do is be in the best shape I can be in and leave it on the field and hope they see my potential.”

The 6-foot-5 right-hander played college ball at UNLV and was twice drafted by MLB teams, first the Detroit Tigers in the 36th round in 2006 and then by the Texas Rangers in the 37th round in 2009.

In 2010, he played in the Arizona rookie league for the Padres. From there he went to the independent league and played for the Gateway Grizzlies in 2011 and San Angelo Colts in 2012.

“After the 2012 season I started coaching at Notre Dame Preparatory in Scottsdale, Ariz., where I continued working out and throwing,” Nading said. “In the process I met a local Boston Red Sox scout and assistant to the GM.

“I threw twice for him once in a bullpen and a second time to live hitters. After the tryouts he offered me a contract and now I’m waiting to head to camp. From there I’m fighting for a high A or Double-A level roster spot. My arm and body feel awesome. I’m 100 percent.”

Nading will be one of five Alaska players playing pro baseball, with the others being Dylan Baker of Juneau, Matt Way of Sitka, Corey Madden of Anchorage and Joey Newby of Soldotna.