From Lincoln To Los Angeles Dodgers Organization For Landon
Logan Landon Is Our Karl's TV & Appliance Athlete Of The Week
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Logan Landon remembers when he fell in love with baseball, and who he wanted to be like.
“My first baseball game we went to a Twins-Yankees game and that was really when I fell in love with the game. Just being at the game, seeing how electric it is at the stadium. Torii Hunter was the one that stood out to me so being able to play at the professional level, and being able to get a chance to play center field like my idol, Torii Hunter, is something I’ve dreamed of.” Landon says.
Though he won player of the year at Lincoln High in 2011, Landon’s dreams of being an outfield like Hunter seemingly ended in college, when he was moved to pitcher at Hutchinson Community College and Texas Pan American.
“Taking three years off, the last time I’d seen live hitting was after my senior year of high school playing summer ball.” Logan says.
But prior to 2015, there was an opening in the outfield.
“It didn’t surprise me that he could hit, what surprised me honestly was that after three years of being a pitcher that somebody gave him a chance to hit. Fall workouts he hit one over the leftfield bullpen and the coaches kind of went huh, maybe that kid can swing it!” Logan’s Father Steven Landon Says.
And Logan made the most of his chance. He led UTPA in every offensive category, and was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the tenth round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
“It’s pretty crazy that after taking three years off, to be able to do what I did this year, get drafted in the tenth round, that does kind of blow my mind a little bit. I wasn’t expect to get drafted that highly.” Logan says.
Now Logan’s playing where he always wanted to and living his dream.
“All you want is for your kids to have a chance to do what they really want to do, what they’re dreaming about. And that’s what he’s able to do.” Steve says.
While working towards the biggest dream of all.
“For me this is just the first step. You know my next goal is to make it to the major leagues and I definitely believe in my ability to play at the next level.” Logan says.