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Adrian Chinnery

School

Navy

Position
Catcher
Major
Economics

Classroom

An economics major, Adrian Chinnery has successfully juggled academics, military obligations and athletics. As part of his post-graduation service assignment, Chinnery cross-selected to serve with the United States Air Force in its RPA (remotely piloted aircraft) division. As a member of the RPA division, Chinnery envisions getting his master’s degree as part of his future education and job requirements.

Character

A slightly-built catcher coming out of Dickinson High School in 2012, Chinnery went through the process of enrolling at the Naval Academy Prep School to better himself educationally and athletically in preparation for his future at the Naval Academy. After a year at the prep school, he tried out for Navy’s baseball team as a walk-on in the fall of 2013. With a group of veterans and recruited catchers ahead of him, Chinnery preserved and eventually earned the starting role for the Midshipmen by the midway point of his freshman season in 2014. Since then, he has been the Mids’ starting catcher and “heartbeat” of the team according to his head coach. As the team’s starting catcher, his energy and rapport with his pitching staff and defense is noticeable immediately. During the offseason prior to his junior season in 2015, Chinnery was forced to rehabilitate and step away from the field due to Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. After making 13 starts at first base to keep the wear and tear down, he was re-inserted into the lineup at catcher at the end of March.

Community

Chinnery has participated in a number of community service events while a Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. As a member of the baseball team, Chinnery has been given the opportunity to volunteer with visits to children’s hospitals and veteran’s homes, as well as in youth sports camps in the Annapolis area. Back home in Delaware, Chinnery is an active member of the Wilmington youth baseball community as he volunteers with the Delaware Post 1 team during breaks in his summer calendar. Chinnery also prides himself on his faith and service with his hometown church.

Competition

A two-time All-Patriot League First Team honoree at the catcher position (2015, 2016), Chinnery entered his senior year with a career stat-line of 14 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 53 runs batted in, 53 runs scored and a .290 batting average over 127 games played. A feared defender behind the plate, Chinnery has thrown out 42% (35-84) of would-be base stealers over his first three years with the Midshipmen. Behind his statistical output and his leadership, the 2016 Navy baseball team won a program-record 43 games and qualified for the NCAA Tournament where the Mids won a regional game versus Saint Mary’s. The win was just the fifth all-time in program history in an NCAA Tournament. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), Navy has won 80 combined games for the greatest two-year stretch in program history.