One of the state’s top baseball prospects, Coon Rapids senior Logan Shore, made his future college plans official to play baseball at the University of Florida during the NCAA’s early signing period Nov. 14.
Shore signed the papers at the Minnesota Baseball Academy in Vadnais Heights.
Shore, the Star Tribune’s Metro Player of the Year last spring, shined for the Cardinals and American Legion Post 334 on the mound and in the batter’s box earning several honors for his play.
He also garnered interest once again at the international level trying out for Team USA’s under-18 squad last summer. Despite being one of the final players cut from the team, Shore said the experience was the highlight of his summer.
“I was playing with those guys all summer and it was the funnest thing I did all summer with the coaching staff and best players in the country. The only way to go with that experience and get better. It kind of stunk to be the last guy cut but I can’t focus on that.”
He made the top-28 after a few weeks of training and games at USA Baseball’s complex in Cary, N.C. After a month break the group traveled to southern California for the final round of tryouts where the final cuts were made. Cal State-Fulerton opened its entire baseball complex to the group before they played a night game at Dodger Stadium and took batting practice at Anaheim Stadium, home of the Angels.
“I’ve had the opportunity to play at Target Field with some showcases but it was crazy to play in Dodger Stadium with all of the history there,” he said.
If he decides to play at Florida, instead of signing with a Major League Baseball club after being drafted in June, Shore would join a very successful Gators program that has made three straight World Series trips with a 147-56 record.
Shore’s developed a solid fastball, change-up combination and started working on a slider with the USA coaching staff this summer.
“[The slider] is more of an out-pitch or swing-and-miss pitch,” he said. Since fully recovering from a strained abdomen muscle, Shore plans to start throwing in early December. “My command is a big deal right now and the velocity will come with getting stronger.”
He verbally committed to join the Gators November 2011 and had two unofficial visits before his official visit in September.
“Everything about it, warm weather, great program and the biggest thing for me is my faith in God and they have a big FCA [Fellowship of Christian Athletes] program started by Tim Teabow. It will be my home away from home. The coaching staff is phenomenal and have some of the best coaches in the country and don’t overuse pitchers,” he said.
Shore narrowed his choices to three after an initial list that included Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Oregon with Florida.
The next dilemma for Shore comes in June with the MLB draft and the choice to sign with a pro club or pursue a college career.
“I’ve thought about it a little and to be drafted would be an honor but it doesn’t consume my mind much. I’m just working to get better, stronger and faster and help Coon Rapids out this spring,” he said.
Shore has been a consistent contributor to the Cardinals hockey program for the past number of seasons but decided to hang up the skates this year.
He let head coach Brandon Mileski know of his decision to focus on baseball this winter recently over dinner. “I told him that I want to be a professional baseball player and that’s my goal and I want to have a successful college career too and he was very cool about it,” he said. “[Talking with him face-to-face about it] helped me and he wasn’t pressuring my decision and wanted the best thing for me.”
Although he won’t be on the ice, Shore said he would be in the stands to support his classmates as much as possible. “I’ll be there for the home opener against Hopkins and especially against rivals like Blaine and Andover,” he said.