After years of bouncing around small towns in the minor leagues, Chad Nading of Anchorage finally got a taste of the big time.
The 28-year-old relief pitcher today made his first appearance with the San Diego Padres in the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Glendale, Arizona.
Nading – a former Alaska Baseball Academy player and current pitching coach, entered the MLB exhibition game with the bases loaded and promptly hit Omar Estevez with the second pitch after getting ahead 0-1 to allow a run to score.
The 6-foot-6 former Alaska Legion state tournament MVP with East Post 34 right-hander then struck out O’Koyea Dickson to end the threat.
Nading is the second Alaska Baseball Academy pitcher to appear in a spring training game this month after Juneau’s Dylan Baker of the Cleveland Indians threw an inning on March 9.
Last year Nading played with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association. He had incredible success out of the bullpen with a 1.70 ERA in 43 games to help Wichita reach the championship series.
Nading was twice drafted by MLB teams, first in 2006 in the 36th round by the Detroit Tigers out of high school and then again in 2009 in the 37th round by the Texas Rangers out of UNLV.
Credit: Van Williams