MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 37 Logan Bawcom, RHP

37== Lone Star Logan keeps hangin’ around ==

MB 100 No. 37 Logan Bawcom

RHP | 2014 Age: 25 | 6-2, 220

17th round of 2010 draft out of Texas – Arlington (by Dodgers; acquired in trade for Brandon League)

2013 ranking: No. 31

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2010 21 Ogden Rk 3 1 4.28 16 0 2 27.1 32 16 13 4 7 29 1.427 10.5 1.3 2.3 9.5
2011 22 2 Teams A-A+ 5 3 3.09 52 0 27 67.0 50 28 23 4 28 84 1.164 6.7 0.5 3.8 11.3
2012 23 3 Teams AA-A+ 6 4 2.00 51 0 26 63.0 40 14 14 2 37 75 1.222 5.7 0.3 5.3 10.7
2013 24 Tacoma AAA 1 4 2.91 51 0 21 65.0 56 24 21 4 24 64 1.231 7.8 0.6 3.3 8.9
4 Seasons 15 12 2.87 170 0 76 222.1 178 82 71 14 96 252 1.232 7.2 0.6 3.9 10.2
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/18/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2010 21 “+2” 3.39% 5.93% 12.71% 0.156 24.58% 121 101 121
2011 22 “+1” 1.46% 10.22% 14.96% 0.095 30.66% 122 125 148
2012 23 “+1” 0.77% 14.18% 19.54% 0.095 28.74% 91 117 108
2013 24 “+1” 1.48% 8.86% 15.87% 0.114 23.62% 106 105 111

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Special Sauce:

  • Bawcom was dominant in the Midwest League, where he rung up 56 strikeouts in 45.1 IP (11.1 K/9).
  • For both Dodgers and Mariners pitchers, success in the Midwest League earns a ticket to California, where the pitching is much more treacherous.  But Bawcom didn’t mind the Cal League too much, and amped his K/9 up to 13.1 (it was walks that messed him up).
  • Bawcom and Leon Landry were the return from the Dodger organization for League.
  • Lone Star Logan was born in Lubbock, went to high school in Midland and college in Arlington.

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Commentary:

When the Mariners obtained Bawcom in mid-2012, he looked like he had the makings of a future closer, but he hasn’t quite closed the deal (*groan*).

As he climbed the ranks, he either suffered with control, or, once he got the walk rate down, his dominant strikeout performance dipped down to more-normal levels.

And it didn’t help that a whole raft of right-handed relievers were shooting up the ladder at the same time: first Stephen Pryor and Carter Capps, then Carson Smith and Dominic Leone, not to mention Stephen Kohlscheen and Tyler Burgoon.

So Bawcom had to swim upstream just to keep pace, which he hasn’t quite done.  Nevertheless, it’s not like he’s been bad or anything.  He collected 21 saves for Tacoma with a 2.91 ERA and 3.18 FIP.

It just sort of seems like, where’s he’s ended up, he’s being held in reserve as a fall-back position, rather than being deployed as a weapon.

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Extra Innings:

From the land of Friday Night Lights, George W. Bush, oil rigs on the horizon …

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