Frazier talks Team Georgia

Posted 1/27/17

Former Oconee County standout Adam Frazier said playing for Team Georgia in the Sunbelt Classic helped him get to where he is today.

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By Tim Morse
 
Tom Gooch didn’t mind hitting ground balls to an infielder named Adam Frazier.
 
“With Adam, it was always one more round,” said Gooch, then an assistant coach at Oconee County High School.
“He always stayed late and he not only had the talent, but he had the work ethic.”
 
Gooch, now the head coach at Oconee County, as well at the late Stan Fricks nominated the infielder for Team Georgia. And it seemed like in an instant, Frazier's career jump-started into high gear.
 
Frazier was one of 20 of the state’s top juniors who went to McAlester, Okla. in 2009 to represent Georgia in the Sunbelt Classic, a week-long showcase tournament that pits all-star teams from several states against each other. It was there that Frazier got noticed by former Mississippi State assistant Butch Thompson and was offered a scholarship.
 
After a standout collegiate career in Starkville, Miss., Frazier was drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Late last summer after a couple of seasons in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system, Frazier made his debut at second base and will likely get the nod as the starter on Opening Day.
 
“I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it hadn’t been for Team Georgia,” said Frazier, who batted .301 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 146 at bats last season.
“When I got out there to Oklahoma, I had received a little interest from some colleges. But once I got out there, had success and then the team had success, I received a lot of interest.”
 
Frazier said he owes a lot to playing with Team Georgia and he still speaks fondly of his experience. While the June tournament is played during the hot summers in Oklahoma, he said the recognition he received as well as the experience is something he won’t ever forget.
 
“That tournament is a big deal to those people out there,” he said. “I still remember our host family. They put us up and we each had our own room and they took us to and from the games. We had a great time.
 
“I remember hearing the stories from some of the guys I went with. Some talked about riding four-wheelers and going hog hunting and stuff like that. You know in Oklahoma in the summer, it’s very hot and playing in those conditions are tough, but I had a lot of fun. It’s something I’ll never forget.”
 
Gooch said he isn’t surprised at Frazier’s success. He said he remembered several colleges telling the standout infielder that he was too small. At 5-feet, 10-inches, Frazier wasn’t going to get the attention of most scouts.
 
However, he worked hard to position himself for an opportunity and finished his senior year batting better than .500.
 
“When we were out there, there was anywhere from 30-50 schools watching every game,” Frazier said. “Would I do it again? Absolutely. I can't tell you enough about what playing for Team Georgia did for me. I was certainly blessed to be a part it.”