Soddy Daisy’s Logan Workman Enjoying Early Success in Minors
Rome, GA-(WDEF-TV) Logan Workman is putting Soddy Daisy and Lee University on the map with his early success in the Tampa Bay Rays farm system. He drew a large crowd of friends and family when he played in Rome last week. News 12’s Angela Moryan has the story.
Said Workman: “It’s one of those things I dreamed of.”
Once Soddy Daisy’s catcher, now a Tampa Bay Rays pitcher, Logan Workman has worked years to play pro ball.
Said Lee hitting coach Jorge Saez: “There’s certain guys that have certain ‘it’ factors. He comes in. He’s got elite arm speed, electric fastball. He’s figured out some good offspeed pitches like the change-up. I know he’s really developed his cutter and breaking ball since he’s been in pro ball.”
Said Logan’s father Jerry: “Logan says that, ‘Dad, Mom, I’ve got this. I know what I’m doing. I’m just going out there and throwing the ball.’ He is, but he’s striking people out.”
Said Workman’s high school coach Jared Hensley: “I honestly thought the Ks would kind of maybe slow down a little bit just because the hitters get tougher, but he’s almost gotten better.”
Workman was drafted from Lee in the seventh round last year. His rapid early success has him already starting for the High-A Bowling Green Hot Rods two months into the season.
Said Jaez: “I mean, I’m not in the Rays organization but I mean, about time! After the first few starts, you’re like, hey, listen, might as well. He’s obviously dominating this level. You got to move him up and definitely see him try it out. Obviously, he’s off to a hot start, which is awesome to see. I expected this to happen.”
More than 50 people made the 75 mile trip down to Rome last Tuesday to watch Workman start for the Rays affiliate Bowling Green Hot Rods.
Said Workman: “I was going to Lookouts games, and obviously I didn’t know anybody on the Lookouts at the time. Now Joey Votto is in the big league, big name known. To be able to be that person for them, be that role model, is what, it helps inspire me to be a better player and be able to come back home and inspire more kids.”
Said Jerry Workman: “They love Logan.”
Said Logan’s mom Jennifer: “It says a lot about Logan. It says that people love to watch him. They want to see him succeed. How many people do we have in our area that actually make it? He’s on his way.”
Said Hensley: “Everybody loves the hometown kid. Everybody, everybody’s pulling for him. If we have to start driving to Tampa every other weekend, I guess we’ll do that, too.”