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2016 Draft Profile: Logan Shore

School: University of Florida; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 215

Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 29th round, 2013

 

Background: Overshadowed by A.J. Puk – and to a lesser degree by Dane Dunning – Shore, however, has been a consistent, productive member of the Gators’ rotation since stepping foot on campus. As a true freshman the 6-foot-2, 215-pound right-hander made 16 appearances – 15 of which were starts – while throwing 95.2 innings, nearly double that than every other pitcher on the club, with 68 punch outs, and jut 20 free passes.

He would eventually be named SEC All-Freshman Team, SEC Freshman of the Year, and Freshman All-American by nearly every major publication: Perfect Game, NCBWA, Louisville Slugger, and Baseball America. Perfect Game also named him National Freshman of the Year.

Shore would maintain status quo the following season as well, averaging 6.73 K/9, 1.92 BB/9, and a 2.72 ERA.

This season, however, Shore’s strikeout rate has leapt up to a more impressive – though, still slightly subpar – 7.95 K/9, but he’s also managed to walk a career low 1.36 hitters every nine innings.

 

Projection: Shore’s kind of like a poor man’s version of Philadelphia budding ace – and former UCLA first rounder – Aaron Nola. Meaning: Shore isn’t particularly overpowering by any stretch of the means, but he knows how to pitch (and he’s incredibly successful at it). The jump in strikeout rate this season – it’s spiked nearly 20% from 2015 – is incredibly encouraging, but he’s going to need show that ability in the professional ranks.

Shore looks like a backend starter, perhaps squeaking out a couple mid-rotation-caliber seasons if everything breaks just the right way.

 

Ceiling:   1.5-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk:  Low to Moderate

Grade: Second Round

 

 



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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