Name: Logan Shore
Height/Weight: 6’2’’, 215
How Acquired: Selected in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
After a record-breaking career at Florida that saw Logan Shore win 30 games over three seasons and post a 2.41 ERA in 312 innings, the right-hander went to the Oakland A’s in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Shore’s first full season was not without its challenges, but he finished in good position to move up the A’s depth chart in 2018.
The 2017 season was a year of firsts for Shore, some good and some bad. On the plus side, Shore completed his first full professional season. He also participated in his first Arizona Fall League and earned an invitation to his first big league spring training camp. On the down side, he missed time on the disabled list for the first time in his baseball career.
A lat strain cost Shore nearly two months in the middle of the season. That downtime prevented Shore from reaching Double-A, but he still racked up valuable experience in 2017. During the regular season, Shore threw 80 innings, 72.2 of them with High-A Stockton. He posted a 3.68 ERA and an 87:16 K:BB.
Shore was remarkably consistent for Stockton. In 20 outings, he allowed more than three earned runs only twice and one of those outings was a start in Lancaster where he allowed four runs in 4.1 innings. He landed on the DL the next day.
Shore’s final two weeks with Stockton at the end of the season were particularly impressive. He allowed seven runs over 25.1 innings over his final four starts. During that stretch, he struck-out 28 and walked five.
Shore added another 24 innings for Mesa in the AFL during the offseason. His ERA was an unsightly 6.00, but he had a solid 18:2 K:BB. In most of his starts, he would dominate except for one inning, where he’d get hit around.
Shore was likely a bit rundown by the AFL season. His fastball velocity averaged 90-94 during the regular season, and he was on the lower-end of that range during the AFL. The A’s also wanted him to focus on continuing to develop his breaking ball, which is his third-best pitch. He threw the pitch more often than he did during the regular season and saw improvement with the movement on the pitch by the end of his time with Mesa.
Coming out of Florida, Shore was arguably the most polished collegiate pitcher available in the 2017 draft. He has lived up to that reputation since turning pro, showing a sophisticated approach to mixing his pitches and the ability to locate his fastball and his changeup to both sides of the plate. Shore saw a bump in his velocity from 88-92 in college to that 91-94 range. With his command, if Shore is able to maintain that higher velocity going forward, his ceiling as a big league starter will continue to rise.
Shore’s fastball and changeup are plus offerings, and the breaking ball – a hybrid slider/cutter – is starting to show promise as a legitimate third offering. If Shore can get that pitch to consistently big league average, he projects to be similar to former A’s starter Jeff Samardzija: a solid mid-rotation big league starter capable of eating 200+ innings year-in and year-out. Shore earns praise for his competitive nature on the mound and his work ethic.
Barring injury, Shore will begin his 2018 season with Double-A Midland. Depending on how the upper part of the A’s starting pitching depth chart develops during the season, Shore could spend the second half of the year with Triple-A Nashville and may be knocking on the door of the big leagues by 2019.
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