Although he was a sixth-round pick, Logan Salow holds the distinction of being the first pitcher selected by the Oakland Athletics in 2017 MLB Draft. A left-handed reliever out of Kentucky, Salow had a strong professional debut season.
After one appearance in the Arizona Rookie League, Salow joined the Vermont Lake Monsters’ bullpen and he had a 1.61 ERA in 22.1 innings with the Lake Monsters. Salow walked 14, but he struck-out 28 and held opposing batters to a .177 average. He was equally effective against both lefties and righties.
Donald Moore spoke with Salow during the 2017 season to get his thoughts on transitioning to professional baseball.
Donald Moore: Hi Logan, how is everything going for you so far this year?
Logan Salow: It’s going great. I’m making some adjustments right now, and I have been having a lot of fun and I’m where I want to be so it’s pretty awesome.
DM: What are your goals for this season?
LS: To just get better right now. I’m working on a couple of things right now pitch wise and just learning how to compete at this level. It’s all about getting better and working my way up the system. I’m focusing on my skills and being a master at my craft.
DM: What do you feel is your greatest strength as a ball player?
LS: How I compete. Even in college that has kind of been my MO. When I was on the the mound I was an extreme competitor. I took that to heart and that is something I really take pride in.
DM: What would you’d like to improve on?
LS: My change up. It’s kind of a third pitch right now and not really a real weapon, but it has the potential and some real good depth and things like that. So we are just working on the confidence in that change up and being able to establish it as a real pitch.
DM: How are you adjusting to professional baseball?
LS: I think I’m adjusting to it pretty well. I got to play summer ball for three years in college, so I have had plenty of experience in this type of environment. Right now, I’m enjoying it and I think the transition has been pretty easy so far.
DM: What do you like best about being a pro athlete?
LS: I think it’s just being around a bunch of potential big leaguers and myself included, so it’s really cool being around these guys and what backgrounds they have, and learning from them and being able to study their game and maybe it becoming part of mine.
DM: Any pre-game routines?
LS: Not really. As a reliever, you have to learn how to be flexible, so you can’t stick to a routine too much or you might get out of whack during the game. The closest I get to a pre-game routine is probably the visualization and try to visualize my routine as a whole, or a batter-to-batter kind of thing.
DM: Any hobbies?
LS: I love golfing. I like to golf on my off-days and really spend time winding down, whether it be on the golf course or downstairs playing video games. That’s about all I do and try my best to relax.
DM: Favorite baseball team growing up?
LS: The Cincinnati Reds. Ken Griffey, Jr. was there when I was growing up and Barry Larkin, too. They were really fun to watch at that time and it was a good time to get into baseball. It was a really cool experience to get up there and go to Cincinnati, because it was a short drive from my home.
DM: Where are you originally from?
LS: I’m from Ashland, Kentucky.
DM: If there is one person that taught you the most about baseball, who would that be?
LS: It would be my father. He introduced me to the game. I had two older brothers, too, and they were always in baseball. I was always on a baseball field growing up and you learn to love the game when you’re just around it and not forced to play. I learned to love it at an early age and it carried over to this day. Me and my dad talk about baseball after every outing, so definitely my father.
DM: Craziest thing you have ever witnessed on a baseball diamond?
LS: I have seen two triple plays. The triple plays are probably the craziest thing that I have ever seen on a field. We turned one in college and we turned one here. Both of them were pretty wild in their own right and the craziest thing I have ever seen.
DM: Any off-season plans?
LS: Just to get better. Train, work hard and maybe take a week or two off. Do some things I didn’t get to do in college because of Summer ball, so go down South to travel, but overall just getting my body ready for the next season.
DM: Thank you so much for your time and the best of luck to you and your career.
LS: Absolutely, thank you and I appreciate it.
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