Logan Landon hoping for big season with Canaries
Athlete of the Week playing for his hometown team
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) -Logan Landon in an outfield is as natural as the green grass he plays on.
“I feel really comfortable out there. I love making diving plays. I think it’s the coolest thing you can do on a baseball field in my opinion,” Landon says.
And he knows the field at the Birdcage pretty well after starring on it at Lincoln nearly a decade ago.
“What I’d tell myself back then is to hit the weight room there a little bit high school kid! I think I was 150 pounds dripping wet my senior year of high school thinking that I was going to hop into some college program and just kill it right away,” Logan says.
After going to college as a pitcher Logan eventually transitioned back to the outfield at Texas-Pan American and led the team in every offensive category, which got him selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the tenth round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.
Despite reaching Triple-A, injuries and a rough season at the plate led to him being released after last year, opening the door for a homecoming.
“He’s got all the tools. He’s super athletic, he can really run, he’s got a great arm. He’s got some juice. I’m really kind of hoping he can be a big piece for us in the top of the lineup,” Canaries Manager Mike Meyer says.
“I wasn’t really sure right when the Dodgers got rid of me whether or not I was going to try and play anymore. Once I wrapped my mind around it, and started talking to Mike a little bit, he was very excited about the team he wanted to put together and bring in. So he kind of swayed me to give it one more go,” Landon says.
With the rest of minor league baseball shut down by COVID-19, Logan is one of a scarce few in the country getting a chance to play and prove himself.
“I think I still got a lot left in the tank. I’ve always played solid defense, it’s just getting consistent with the hitting again to show those affiliated clubs that I can still swing the bat at a high level,” Logan says.
Until then there’s something to be said for playing the field.....
“To be able to play in your home town, it’s something that most of us never get to do,” Meyer says.
“It’s been a ton of fun. I’ve had a couple buddies come out there a couple nights. My dad has been out to every single game so far. It’s been a riot so far!” Landon says.
When it’s the one your grew up on.
Zach Borg, Dakota News Now Sports.
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