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Midland's Shore enjoying success after hanging up skates

06/01/2018, 1:30pm CDT
By Christopher Hardon

Blizzard 2013 grad earns first win in Midland (Oakland AA)


Logan Shore (2013) in Vero Beach, FL

Like many Minnesota boys, Midland RockHounds right-handed pitcher Logan Shore spent his winters on ice skates during his youth.

Shore, a native of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was taught the game of ice hockey by his father Lance, a former college player at Bethel University.

“(The frozen pond is) actually where I learned how to skate,” Shore said. “I was on skates before I could walk. A pond, like two blocks down from my house, is actually where my dad taught me to skate.”

While hockey was his winter love, baseball was Shore’s passion in the summer.

Baseball ultimately became Shore’s primary sport in high school and his career has taken off ever since.

The 23-year-old, who joined the RockHounds on May 24, is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the Oakland Athletics’ organization by the publication Baseball America.

 

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound righty has posted a 3-0 record with a 1.85 earned run average and has 35 strikeouts and only six walks in 34 innings between Midland and advanced Single-A Stockton this season.

Although Shore couldn’t play winter baseball in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, like most Sun Belt kids, he said he was noticed because of a travel ball team that gave him opportunities to play in warmer climates. The exposure helped Shore land a scholarship with the University of Florida, where he served as the Gators’ Friday night starter in 2016 before Oakland took him in second round of the amateur draft.

“I’m just really, really blessed with talent and on top of that, there was a program up there called the Minnesota Blizzard,” Shore said. “It was like an elite program that just took the top kids from the Midwest, mainly Minnesota and we went and played tournaments in Arizona, Las Vegas, all over the place. That is kind of where I started to get some looks from that. They’ve exploded and they are sending guys to Division I schools all over the country, so I think that was definitely a big component in me going and playing baseball in the SEC.”

 

Shore played defenseman in hockey, lettering in the sport at Coon Rapids High, but it was clear that baseball was his calling after he garnered the state’s 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year, which is awarded to the top prep player.

“I was pretty good at hockey, but baseball always came a little more natural to me,” Shore said. “It wasn’t really until high school that kind of decided that baseball was my favorite sport.”

On Wednesday, Shore picked up his first Double-A win in the RockHounds’ 8-4 win over the Arkansas Travelers in his first outing at Security Bank Ballpark.

On his fourth pitch of the game, Shore surrendered a two-run homer to fall behind 2-0, but he settled down to hold the Travelers to four runs on nine hits and one walk over seven innings, while striking out seven.

“I thought he did a great job,” Midland manager Scott Steinmann said. “That shows why he was an early round pick. He’s got a lot of stuff and he’s got a lot of composure to pitch in games like that where he has to overcome adversity. I’m really impressed how mature he is on the mound. He’s done a great job for us so far.”

Shore likens his pitching style to Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs. He relies on locating his low 90s fastball to both sides of the plate, uses the sink on it to generate ground balls, and he throws a changeup to generate strikeouts when he’s ahead in the count.

Shore, who majored in family and community science at Florida, is involved in service activities in his free time, by volunteering his time at schools and churches. He has been associated with Feed My Starving Children, which provides food to malnourished kids abroad.

And Shore feels fortunate to be moving through the A’s organization with a chance to pitch in the majors someday.

“I feel extremely blessed just to have the opportunities that I had,” Shore said. “Being from Minnesota, we don’t have as many opportunities as the Southern high school kids do to get out and play baseball.”

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2018 Blizzard Elite and Fall Tryout Information

Date Time Age Group Location Notes
June 25 9am / 1pm 13u / 14u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 26 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 14u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 27 9am (15u) / 1pm / 3:45 15u / 13u Call Backs Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 28 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 15u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 29 Make-Up Day (if needed)
*
July 2 9am 10u / 11u / 12u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 3 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
*
July 9 9am 17u / 18u Century College
July 10 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 11 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 12 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 13 Rain Day / Make-Up Century College
*
July 16 9am 16u Century College
July 17 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 16u Call Back Games Century College
July 18 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 19 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 20 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
*
end of July (TBA) *PARENT MEETINGS Blizzard Baseball Academy
9am 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u Silver
10am 14u, 15u, 16u, Varsity Silver
11am 10u, 11u, 12u Gold
12n 13u, 14u, 15u Gold
1pm 16u, Varsity Gold
2:30pm 11u, 12u, 13u Elite
4pm 14u, 15u Elite
5:30pm 16u Elite
7pm Varsity Elite
8:30pm (if needed) Varsity Elite

*Parent Meeting Times will be confirmed once teams are posted July 20th

Field address, what to bring and what to expect at tryouts

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2019 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2019) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2019, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2019.

Rich Valley Baseball Complex
1841 105th St E, Inver Grove Heights 55077

Century College
3300 Century Ave N White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Roseville Legion Field
700 County Road C West in Roseville

What to bring ...

Tryouts are a relatively long day so make sure you bring water, snack and sun screen.  Please wear a full uniform including spikes and glove.  Each player will receive a hat at the tryout.  If you have your own bat, bring it otherwise we will have some there for you to borrow.

What to expect ...

Expect a lot of kids, good competition and a good baseball setting.  Each player will run a 60 yard dash (40 yard for 10u-13u), go through defensive work including outfield, infield, catcher pop times, batting practice and bullpens.

After Day 1, we will post call back rosters immediately the same day on our website (www.blizzardelitebaseball.com) and you will return (if need be) to play a scrimmage where pitchers throw a controlled inning against hitters.

Posting Rosters ...

We will post rosters no later than July 22nd on our website. 

Players who cannot make tryouts or who have to leave early ...

If you are a player who cannot make a tryout, you should come to the next closest age group to be graded out.  Please email me at: abarta@minnesotabaseballacademy.com with your situation and we will make it work.  We also have designated days on our "Tryout Dates" to choose from. 

If you have to leave early for a tournament, please let us know and we'll make sure we get you out of there as soon as possible - no problem !

Tryout Day 1 - Hitting, Fielding, Running and Pitching

 

HITTING

Each player will receive between 7 – 10 pitches from a coach.

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  1. Set-up
  2. Swing
  3. Balance
  • Ability to make solid contact
  • Superior power
  • Overall athletic ability and talent

INFIELD

Each player will receive 5 – 8 ground balls hit at them, to their left, right and on the run

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  1. Footwork and Hands
  2. Proper throwing technique / body control
  3. Quickness / lateral movements
  4. Accuracy
  • Athletic ability and hustle
  • Superior arm strength

OUTFIELD

Each Player will receive 4 – 8 fly balls hit at them, to their right and left

  • Ability to judge fly balls, athleticism and hustle
  • Range to the left, right, in and back
  • Catching the ball hit at player, to the right and left

Fielding the ball on the ground and make a proper and quick transfer

  • Superior arm strength

PITCHING

Each player will receive 10 – 20 pitches / or throw one inning

  • Mechanics – must show the ability to have consistent mechanics from the wind-up and stretch position
  • Velocity– player should have above average velocity relative to age group
  • Movement and Action– player (relative to age) should show ability to have movement on fastball and action on secondary pitches
  • Location – player should have the ability to throw all pitches in the strike zone

CATCHING

Each player will receive 5 balls thrown from an evaluator and/or pitcher

  • Catching and Receiving – player should be able to catch the ball without struggling and should be able to show the ability to frame pitches in and around the strike zone
  • Arm Strength – player should have above-average arm strength relative to age group and have the ability to throw to 2nd base with relative ease and little or no arch
  • Blocking– player should not move out of the way of a bounced ball and should make an effort to display proper blocking technique and hustle

RUNNING

  • Players 14u-18u will run timed 60 yard dashes
  • Players 13u and under will run a 40 yard dash (if time permits)

Player should sign up online by AT LEAST one day before their tryout.

Check-in

When players arrive, they must check in at the check-in tent and get their player # and get their picture taken.  Please arrive at least 45 minutes before tryouts.  All players will receive a Blizzard hat at tryouts.

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2019 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2019) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2019, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2019.

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