Three days after pitching Coon Rapids to a section title and another state baseball tournament, Logan Shore received a call from Minnesota Twins scout Mark Wilson.
The local scout let Shore know that he was selected by the Twins in the 29th round of the first-year player draft, 860th overall out of 40 rounds.
“It’s a big honor and I’m very fortunate to be drafted by them,” Shore said. “I know it was later and I slipped a little but it is still a big honor.”
Shore was even a little surprised that the local pro club took a chance on him, he said. “It’s a very cool thing to be drafted by the Twins and it’s a great way to end my [graduation] weekend,” he said.
According to Shore, he was in pre-draft talks with the Cleveland Indians who wanted to take him with the first pick of the third round. “They had some interest and I’ve gotten to know their scout over the last year,” Shore said. “He’s been at every game and their scouting director explained to me that they had a very high interest in taking me.”
The Indians were going to offer him a contract worth $692,000, which is the amount given for that slot in the draft. “That wasn’t what I was asking for so they decided to go a different route,” Shore said.
“It’s definitely cool to be called and offered that money, but the experience I will have at the University of Florida is worth more than what I would’ve signed for.”
Now the Twins have to entice Shore to enter the ranks of professional baseball or else he can re-enter the draft after his junior year of college baseball, with the idea of signing for more money after more time playing in college.
“I think the Twins understand that,” Shore said. He grew up admiring Torii Hunter until he left for Los Angeles. “Most likely they know they don’t have the money to draw me away from Florida.”
Shore will have to decide soon as he plans to enroll in summer courses, which begin July 1 in Gainesville, Fla., to get a start on the off-season training program for the Gators.
Shore said he watched most of the first round and got to know a few of the guys selected through his time playing with Team USA and the Area Code games over the last couple years.
He roomed with Tampa Bay Rays first-round selection (21st overall) Nick Ciuffo, a high school catcher from South Carolina, and Pittsburgh Pirates first-rounder (14th overall) Reese McGwire, a catcher from Washington, during the Team USA series. He got to know Boston first-rounder Trey Ball, a left-handed pitcher from Indiana, during the last two years Area Code games.
When asked about the prospects of pitching Coon Rapids to the Class AAA state championship at Target Field, Shore said, “That would be an awesome way to end my career. It would be pretty cool.”