The Oakland A's selected Logan Shore with the No. 47 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The 21-year-old is a right-handed pitcher from University of Florida. This was Oakland's second-round pick, and third selection overall. He was college teammates with the A's first-round pick, A.J. Puk.
Over at ESPN, Keith Law believes Shore is a good bet to reach MLB in some capacity, either as a No. 4/5 starter or a strong reliever. This season for the Gators, he made 16 starts and posted a 2.44 ERA in 92⅓ innings, with 80 strikeouts and 15 walks. (Full college stats here.) Over at Minor League Ball, John Sickels raves about Shore's changeup and identifies him as a fast-track candidate, with the same No. 4 starter profile that Law suggests.
Shore was ranked No. 42 on the MLB.com big board, but he was as high as No. 34 at Baseball America and as low as No. 68 according to Law. Here is what MLB.com had to say about him:
Scouting Grades: Fastball: 55 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50
A.J. Puk might be the more "famous" University of Florida starter, but it's been Shore who has been the Gators' Friday night starter for all three years of his college career. He's more about pitchability than stuff, but that's led to a ton of success in the ultra-competitive SEC.
Strong and durable, Shore is a strike-throwing machine with a potential three-pitch mix. He typically works with an average fastball velocity-wise, but it plays up because of his command. His best pitch is his changeup, which he locates and sinks extremely well. Even when hitters know it's coming, he still gets outs. Shore's breaking ball is slurvy and a bit inconsistent. When it's on, it can be virtually unhittable and has the potential of being a third Major League average offering.
The lack of an explosive fastball limits his ceiling and, as a result, his Draft stock. There's no question Puk is the first Gator pitcher to go off the board and some others could pass Shore by because of the fastball, but whatever team takes Shore will be getting a college performer who should be quick to the big leagues as a back-end starter.
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