2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Logan Shore

By: Burke Granger

Logan Shore – RHP – Florida.  6’2″ 215.  Class: Junior.  DOB:  December 28, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 (Minnesota Twins – 29th Round).

Scouted:  University of Florida @ University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.  March 25, 2016.

With A.J. Puk from Iowa and Buddy Reed from Rhode Island,  Florida clearly demonstrates a wide recruiting footprint.  That’s what 4 trips to Omaha in 6 years will do for a program.  They’ve further peacocked their reach by nabbing Logan Shore from Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

The Twins drafted the local prep star after Shore went 9-0 with a 0.27 ERA as a senior, but they were not able to sign him away from Florida, where he stepped in right away to help the Gators.  Serving as the Friday starter for most of the year, Shore went 7-4 while leading the team in ERA (2.16) and strikeouts (68) on his way to earning All-SEC and SEC Freshman of the Year honors.

As a sophomore, Shore was the true workhorse on a deep Gators staff that included 6 drafted players, leading the team in innings (112.1) while once again serving as their Friday starter.  Shore went a perfect 5-0 in the post season before joining the Collegiate National Team in the summer where he played with teammates Puk, Reed and catcher/designated hitter J.J. Schwarz.  Shore struggled for Team USA.  In 3 appearances that included 1 start, Shore struck out 10 in 9 innings but allowed 10 hits and 8 earned runs.

As a junior this season has once again been great.  His 2015 walk rate was already admirable at 1.92 per 9, which he’s improved to 1.52 this season.  It’s the strides that Shore has made in his strikeout rate, however, that is most impressive thus far.  Sitting at 6.40 per 9 as a freshman, and 6.73 last season, Shore is currently striking out a stout 10.08 per 9.

STATISTICS

*As of June 7, 2016.

YEAR

CLASS

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

2014

Fr.

7-4

2.16

16

0

95.2

86

68

20

2015

So.

11-6

2.72

19

0

112.1

97

84

24

*2016

Jr.

   11-0    2.44      16       0    92.1      75      80       15

It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I do however actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”.  I also talk to scouts when I’m there.  While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball:  Sitting at 90-92 mph, Shore’s fastball shows some sink and is effective due on large part because of how well he locates it.  Shore carries his velocity deep into his starts.

Slider:  Sweeping and slurvy, Shore’s slider sits at 79-82 mph with sweeping action and is a nice weapon against righties.

Changeup:  Shore’s changeup is not only his best pitch, it’s one of the best pitches I’ve seen this spring.  Incredibly deceptive due to arm speed consistent with his fastball, Shore will throw this pitch to any hitter in any count.  At 80-83 mph, Shore’s changeup differentiates itself nicely from his fastball.

DELIVERY:  Fluid and effortless, Shore repeats his delivery exceptionally well.  From a 3/4 arm slot, Shore pounds the zone with consistent strikes.

FUTURE:  Unlike teammate A.J. Puk, Shore doesn’t have any projection left in his body.  He’s been pretty much these are guy since he stepped on campus, just an ever refining version of himself.  Thick but not stocky, has the look of an innings eater.  While he’s undoubtedly a better college pitcher than Puk, he’s not quite the pro prospect.  He should go in the 1st or 2nd round where I see him as an advanced and fast moving prospect who projects as a mid to back end of the rotation work horse.

 

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