Former Calgary Dawgs Jacob Melton and Gavin Logan selected in MLB Draft

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More major league jobs for Okotoks Dawgs?

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Potentially, it does after the 2022 MLB Draft saw two former Dawgs ripped from baseball’s massive prospect pool.

Jacob Melton was selected by the Houston Astros in the second round of this week’s pick-em, and Gavin Logan was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth round of the annual draft.

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Both played on the 2019 Western Canadian Baseball League champion team Dawgs.

“At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Melton is a physical southpaw hitter with the ability to play an above-average corner outfield at the next level,” said Dawgs Academy head coach Jeff Duda. “As he continues to mature physically and as a player, there is potential for real power production offensively. His speed will also be an asset both on base and in the outfield.

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The Medford, Oregon native is coming off a stellar NCAA season with the Oregon State Beavers, with whom he posted a .360 batting average that included 17 homers, 83 RBIs and a school-record 175 total field goals. country.

With the historic performance, Melton earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors, was a first-team All-American in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and an All-American in the American Baseball Coaches Association. He was also a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award, recognizing the nation’s most outstanding college baseball player. Melton joined Oregon State after a stellar season at Linn-Benton Community College, where he was the Northwest Athletic Conference’s first-team star.

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Linn-Benton has a strong relationship with Dawgs, as head coach Andy Peterson, himself a former NCAA Division 1 World Series champion with Oregon State, is a longtime coach at the collegiate club. Summer Dawgs.

Melton was a big part of the Dawgs 2019 WCBL Championship team, batting .310 with three homers during the regular season and .455 with one homer during the playoffs.

Like Melton, Logan also had a stellar season with Oregon State in the 2022 varsity season. -12 with a .281 batting average, 12 doubles, three home runs, 36 RBIs and .801 OPS. He also stood out defensively with a .998 field percentage, including six caught stealing.

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“Logan is a left-handed receiver, which improves his stick profile a bit,” Duda said of the 5-foot-11, 212-pound. security net. “He’s an elite defenseman and he really knows how to handle a pitching stick. Offensively, he has an above-average awareness of the strike zone and good bat-to-ball skills.

Prior to accepting his scholarship to Oregon State, Logan had a stellar season at Linn Benton Community College, where he played for Peterson.

Logan was also a key player with the Summer Collegiate Dawgs in 2019, hitting .368 and providing an unblemished defense behind the plate as he helped lead the club to a WCBL crown. Logan has a long history with the Dawgs, joining the Dawgs Youth Academy when he was 16. He quickly honed his catching skills and assumed the No. 1 catching position on arguably the best high school academy team in the nation.

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Melton and Logan join a long list of players with Dawgs roots selected in the MLB Draft, including big leaguers such as Jim Henderson (Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets), Andrew Kittredge (Tampa Bay Rays) and Alejo Lopez ( Cincinnati Reds).

“The Dawgs congratulate Jacob and Gavin on their tremendous achievement,” added Duda, “and wish them nothing but success in their quest to make it to ‘The Show’.”

ADDITIONAL BASES

The Dawgs return to Seaman Stadium on Thursday to take on the future Edmonton Prospects (7:05 p.m.)… The Dawgs head into this deal leading the WCBL with a 33-12 record, three games ahead of the Sylvan Lake Gulls in the West. Division… On Saturday, the stars come out to play when the WCBL All-Star Game is celebrated at Seaman Stadium (7:05 p.m.).

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