A transfer from Savannah College of Art and Design, who came to Georgia Southern
University more for a degree than to play baseball, will get his chance to shine on
Sophomore pitcher Ryan Frederick was a scholarship player. Now he is not. He was a
bag-boy at Harvey’s on Fair Road in order to pay the bills. Now he is not. He was a
guy who was lucky enough to make the team. Now, he will be toeing the rubber on
Opening Weekend in Athens against the Bulldogs in his first Division I start.
Craig Frederick, Ryan’s father, said that he had to get a job at Harvey’s just to pay
some bills because he did not have any scholarship money.
“It’s like our own Lifetime Channel movie,” Craig Frederick said. “Here’s a guy
bagging your groceries…and now he’s your damn Sunday starter.”
Ryan Frederick pitched for SCAD before injuring his elbow. He had to get Tommy
John Surgery and in the subsequent months after, the school decided to cut the
baseball program. He decided to leave Savannah and come to Statesboro to pursue
a major in engineering.
Head coach Rodney Hennon said that when Frederick got here he reached out to the
coaches and they told him to try out in the fall. But Frederick had come to grips with
the fact that his baseball career may have been over if he did not make the team.
“He told me he was going to try to walk on. He said that if he did not make the team
then his baseball days would be over and he’d get his engineering degree,” Craig
But Hennon and pitching coach B.J. Green saw potential in Frederick and asked him
to join the squad. Hennon said that he is a high-energy guy who is always excited to
practice and comes to work with the right attitude.
He’s got a fastball that sits around the 88-90 MPH range and a solid changeup. In
the scrimmages earlier this spring nearly 50 percent of the 60-or-so pitches he
threw were changeups according to his father.
“He always does the job, no matter where you put him. I could not be more proud,”
Craig Frederick said. “I’m about to cry.”