Signee Profile: Chaz Frank

Chaz Frank, an outfielder from Lexington (N.C.) Central Davidson, signed with North Carolina and will join the Tar Heel baseball program this fall.

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Bio: The 5-10, 160-pound outfielder was an All-State selection last season as a junior while batting .500 with a .636 on base percentage, in addition to slugging 1.250. He was honored as a preseason Louisville Slugger All American before his senior season and is ranked the No. 5 prospect in North Carolina according to Impact Baseball. He played with the Dirtbags team in the offseason. In limited duty in relief on the mound as a junior, Frank struck out three of the four batters he faced. He is ranked just outside of the top 500 for the 2009 class by Perfect Game (No. 509).

Recruitment: "I was first interested in North Carolina when my good friends like Levi Michael and Chris Munnelly first started getting recruited by them. I thought if there was a possibility that I was recruited right then by [North Carolina] that I would go there since I had good friends there and I loved the University." Frank chose to sign with North Carolina over offers from East Carolina and Appalachian State along with interest from NC State, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina.

Why Carolina? "Probably the academics and the overall campus - it is beautiful there and they have one of the top programs in the nation. The coaches really made me feel comfortable and when I visited the players made me feel comfortable. I was overwhelmed with the offer. It did not even take me a day to commit, it took me probably an hour to commit. I enjoyed it that much."

Scouting Report: Frank is an outstanding defensive outfielder with impressive range, in addition to having an excellent arm from the outfield. He is a prototypical leadoff hitter with excellent speed on the bases. Impact Baseball's Andy Partin, head coach of the Dirtbags, observed, "Chaz Frank is an offensive catalyst. He is an impressive athlete and a top of the order hitter for us. He's just got a knack for getting on base and making things happen on offense. Great swing with plenty of bat-speed. He can really track down balls in the gaps. He turns doubles and triples in to outs. He runs well, throws well and he brings a lot of swagger to our team."

Coach Quote: Central Davidson baseball head coach Jonathan Brown -- "For us, Chaz is a middle of the lineup batter and does a fantastic job on the bases and really can run and does a good job for us there. On the next level I believe that he will probably be a leadoff or number two hitter. I think he projects very well in the next level as he hits left handed pitchers very well as a left handed batter and he can also bunt. Projecting him to the next level, he gives himself a lot of opportunities. He can run, hit with power and play some small ball as well.

"He has a lot of intangibles that you do not teach. He plays at a different speed than most kids. And what I mean by that is his instincts, he is able to get a jump on balls in the gaps that most people would not get to even if they were as fast as him. He really understands the game and I think the biggest thing is that he really knows how to control his emotions. He understands that one bad at-bat is not the end of the world. He is able to understand success and failure every once in a while. This game is about failure, you fail more than you succeed. I think that is what really sets him apart."

MLB Draft: "It would have to be life changing money," Frank said. "I have my mind set on Carolina right now and I can not wait to get there."

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