Former Georgetown College baseball player, Chaz Meadows has been focused and driven by one goal, a bar he set for himself when he was five-years- old. This past week, that dream became reality as he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“This was really exciting news to receive from a very deserving young man,” said GC coach Micah Baumfeld. “Chaz has a ton of athletic ability and no one can ever question his heart. He did this himself and should be proud of how much he has grown. He is where he is because of his hard work and never believing any critics, only believing himself and his goal to become a major league player.”

Meadows, a two-year starter for the Georgetown College Tigers, has been playing independent baseball since graduating. The shortstop and third baseman spent 2016 with the Sonoma Stompers out of Sonoma, Calif.

The Concord, Calif. native then signed with the Joliet Slammers in Joliet, Ill. for 2017. Meadows hit .269 with 18 RBIs, six doubles and one triple, making the Frontier League All-Star Game.

All of this lead to his signing with the Diamondbacks.

“When I signed my contract, I felt like a big goal of mine had been accomplished,” Meadows said. “That’s a goal of getting the opportunity, a foot in the door. I thought to myself, I must be doing something right. I immediately thanked God for guiding and watching over me.

“My first call was to my best friend, Chad Highberger. He’s my partner in crime. We train together, and we’ve been working for this since we were five. I knew he’d get the same feeling of accomplishment as I did once I called and told him I got picked up.”

Highberger has also been playing in the independent league in the Pacific Association. Meadows hit .296 as a Tiger with three homeruns, 12 doubles on 66 hits. He finished with a .925 fielding percentage with 52 putouts including 13 double plays his senior season.

by Jenny Elder