Where are They Now?- Chase Porch
A former East Union standout is enjoying his chance to continue playing baseball after boasting successful high school and collegiate careers.
Competing last season for the Pensacola Pelicans of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, Chase Porch is now in Chicago, playing for the Windy City ThunderBolts of the Frontier League Professional Baseball league.
The former 1A/2A NEMCABB Player of the Year flourished in college, playing at Meridian Community College, Northeast and the University of North Alabama, where he graduated in 2010. After finishing at UNA, Porch took the opportunity to continue playing, accepting an offer with the Pelicans after he was scouted while playing in Florida.
“I didn’t know much about the league, but it has a bunch of guys that have already been in the big leagues who still want a second chance, and it’s a good league to be in,” he said. “We were playing West Florida and I was later asked about playing in Pensacola, and I took the chance.”
Porch played in 75 games for the Pelicans in 2010, batting .286 in the regular season and .333 in the postseason, recording 41 RBI and four home runs to earn league Rookie of the Year honors.
“I didn’t think I could get it just because I got in a slump toward the end of the year,” he said of the award. “I had a decent year, but I could have done better.”
Now Porch has moved into a younger league and a bigger city, something that has not intimidated him at all. Through 16 games, he is currently batting .304 with 17 hits and eight RBI and had his biggest game yet for his new team, recording three hits in the ThunderBolts 14-5 win against the Florence Freedom on June 4.
“It’s a lot different, but I enjoy this league a lot more,” he said. “It’s a younger league, not a lot of veterans, but we’re all working toward maybe getting a deal with an affiliated team. I like traveling, but it’s different.”
While he spends the summer months on the road, North Mississippi is still his home, as he remains in the Blue Springs area during the offseason, keeping up with his workouts.
“I spend the offseason pretty much helping my dad, working,” he said. “After work, almost every day, I go out to the school and just work on hitting and throwing.”
Porch hopes all of the hard work will pay off and is using his opportunity with the ThunderBolts to hopefully move on to an affiliated ball club.
“Windy City is well known for getting players moved up and has the most that have moved on in the league, so I hope to see myself playing AA ball in the future,” he said.
To follow Porch throughout the 2011 season, go to the Frontier League’s website, www.frontierleague.com.
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