Photo of Logan Shore by Kimberly Contreras

Oakland A's 2017 top-50 prospect scouting report: Logan Shore, RHP

Our Oakland A's 2017 top-50 prospects list is out. Now find out more about the players on that list. In this piece, a close look at top-50 prospect Logan Shore. Shore had a dominant collegiate career. Can he find the same success as a pro?

Name: Logan Shore
Position: RHP
Height/Weight: 6’2’’, 200
Bats/Throws: R/R
Age: 22
How Acquired: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB Draft.

His college – and now Oakland A’s – teammate A.J. Puk may get more of the attention from scouts, but Logan Shore could be the faster of the two to get to the big leagues. Can the former Florida Gators’ ace make quick work of the minor leagues? Over the past three years, one would be hard pressed to find a starter who had more consistent success in the NCAA than Shore. The Minnesota native dominated in three seasons in the Florida Gators’ rotation, winning 30 games and posting a 2.42 ERA during that span. Shore helped to lead the Gators to the College World Series each of the past two seasons and was the ace of a staff that saw six pitchers selected in the top-10 rounds of this year’s draft.

During his tenure at Florida, Shore was often over-shadowed by his teammate Puk, who didn’t have the consistent success that Shore did but featured dominating stuff. Shore will continue to be linked to Puk as a pro, as both pitchers heard their names called by the A’s on Day One of this year’s draft (Puk went sixth overall; Shore went to the A’s at pick 47).

With a fastball that tops out at 93, Shore doesn’t carry the high ceiling projection that some of his Gators’ teammates have, but he has an advanced feel for using his fastball and changeup and many see Shore moving quickly through the minor leagues.

He can pitch. Hes confident and he pounds that zone, As Assistant General Manager Billy Owens said. Maybe a tighter, a little bit different repertoire, but similar to when A.J. Griffin came on and he was able to rocket it through the system pounding the strike-zone, using both sides of the plate and creating different angles, and having that very good understanding of how to pitch.

Logan Shore 2016 Stats

Vermont 21 2.57 17 7 21 1 1.14 1.14 .207

Shore’s first professional test went well. The right-hander was kept on a tight leash after throwing 105.1 innings for the Gators. He was allowed to go past four innings in only one of his seven outings for the Vermont Lake Monsters. That outing was his final one of the season, a five-inning effort during which he struck-out five and allowed three runs. Overall, Shore posted a 2.57 ERA and a 21:7 K:BB over 21 innings for the Lake Monsters. New York-Penn League batters hit just .207 against him. Over his final two outings, Shore struck-out 12 and walked just one in nine innings.

Although Shore was polished when coming to the pros, he wasnt a finished product by any means. He attended the As fall Instructional League with a goal of improving his slider, a pitch he hardly had to use in college because his fastball and change-up were so effective. He struggled with the traditional slider grip during Instructs, but by the end of camp had settled on a cut-fastball that acts as an effective breaking ball. Shore also worked on adding a straighter fastball to compliment his natural running four-seamer.

As minor league pitching coach Steve Connelly worked closely with Shore during Instructs and was pleased with the progress he made by the end of camp.

That was his number one goal was to throw a straighter fastball. Everyone sees that run, but to be able to throw a straighter fastball into lefties that stays true and you can lock them up with that, that will be big, Connelly said. His goal was to be able to develop that fastball that will stay true and he was able to do that. There was just a little bit of hand manipulation to find where he wanted to have that release point and some adjustment with the grip that will allow him to keep the pitch true. Now he has two grips on the four-seam fastball: one that will run and one that will stay true.

The other thing for him was getting his breaking ball to have a little bit later break to it, not such an early break. He struggled with it. He had some really good days and he had some days where he lost it, but, at the end, when it was all said and done, the grip he found and the feel for how to throw that both were fantastic. Hopefully he can continue building on that through the off-season and into spring training. 

A’s minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson felt that although Shore had improved his slider, a cut-fastball would be a more effective pitch for him.

We tried the slider. In his defense, the slider was getting a little bit better but it seemed like once we just said throw it almost the same way as a slider, but throw it more without the smoothing. When he did, it came out more at 85 from 81 [where the slider had been]. The break was really sharp and late. We are starting to go in that direction with him, Patterson said. Sometimes you start out to throw a cutter and it turns out to be a great slider. In this case, I think the combination of him throwing the slider and just adding a bit firmer wrist and making the ball faster helped him quite a bit.

Logan Shore Scouting Video (video by Kimberly Contreras)

At 62’’, 200, Shore has a solid frame and the kind of build that should allow him to rack up innings. He utilizes a three-quarters release point that offers some deception to the hitter and he repeats his delivery well. Shore has good command and is effective working to both sides of the plate. He doesnt have the kind of stuff that blows the ball past hitters, but his change-up is a legitimate swing-and-miss pitch and his fastball has enough movement that hitters cant just tee it up. If the cutter develops into an effective pitch, Shore should have plenty of weapons with which to attack advanced hitters. He isnt likely to be a top-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues, but he has a solid chance at a long career as a 3-4 starter. Shore is a top-notch competitor and a good athlete.

The As havent been aggressive about pushing their college-drafted starters to High-A during their first full professional seasons in recent years, but Shore is a candidate to leap over Low-A and start in High-A if the As have room in the Stockton rotation. Depending on how the changes he made in Instructs take, Shore could be on a faster track than the rest of his 2016 draft class.


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