Courtesy of Alex Sponseller of the Cranston Herald
Brady Chant knows a thing or two about being successful on the baseball diamond.
The Bishop Hendricken alum was part of consecutive state title wins during his junior and senior campaigns with the Hawks and would later help Suffolk University win four straight conference championships.
Chant will now face his greatest challenge so far: playing at the professional level.
Chant is happy with what he accomplished at Suffolk, where he finished with a career batting average of .339. "(I accomplished) everything I wanted to and more, it was the best experience of my life. I grew a ton. My high school career wasn't very successful, obviously Hendricken is a really good program so I only really played my senior year. We won a few championships but I only really played for one year. College was completely different, I was starting pretty much every game," said Chant, who will miss competing for the Rams. "I'm going to miss competing with the guys day in and day out. You're with the same guys every day while you're preparing and then the season is a grind. It's a blast."
How will Chant go from a Division III program to the pros? Trying out for independent leagues will be the first step.
Chant has been working on his game and preparing for a handful of tryouts over the next few weeks, including a visit with the Frontier League.
"It's kind of a weird process, you don't really know how to go about it or at least I didn't. I had my coach send out some emails, I sent some, I found a couple of tryouts and they told me to come through. I still don't fully know how the process works but I'll see (this) week," said Chant. "I'm going to attend a couple of tryouts in independent leagues in the next couple of weeks. It's going to be high-level, I've been trying to see as much hard pitching as I can. It's just a matter of how well I perform."
Suffolk coach Anthony Del Prete has confidence in Chant and appreciates what he accomplished for the Rams.
"Brady made a tremendous impact on our program. He helped guide us to four straight NCAA appearances and conference championships. He is a great kid with great character and was one of the best players to ever play for our program. He is a perfect example of a player who went under the radar coming out of high school and went to a Division III program, worked at his game and challenged himself and developed over four years and maximized his talent and skill level," said Del Prete.
Del Prete also feels that Chant has the drive and work ethic to be successful.
"I think to move on and play at the next level you obviously have to have the talent and skill set, but you also have to have the drive and passion to do it. You either need to be all in or out. I feel Brady is passionate about baseball and is such a great competitor that he will succeed if given the chance," said Del Prete. "I think he's young enough to where he can still improve and get better and make a career at the next level. He definitely has the skill set to play. My advice to Brady would be to play as long as you can, enjoy your experience and have fun playing."
Chant hopes to take what he learned from his time at Hendricken and Suffolk and apply it in the next phase of his journey, whether on the diamond or off of it.
"I learned about winning. The last six years I have been a part of winning programs. That's a huge thing to have," said Chant. "I have been thrilled with my baseball career to this point, anything now would just be a bonus."