Logan Gregory Wade
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 192 lb.
Logan Wade has played in the minors and in the Australian Baseball League.
Wade was signed by Minnesota Twins scout Howard Norsetter in April 2012. He had also been offered a chance with the Queensland Reds rugby team but opted for baseball. He hit .234/.301/.371 in his pro debut with the 2012 GCL Twins, playing 1B, 2B, SS and LF. With the Brisbane Bandits in the 2012-2013 ABL, he slumped to .167/.253/.205. Moving up to the Elizabethton Twins in '13 and seeing more regular action at 2B, he hit .303/.333/.455. He started at short for Brisbane in 2013-2014, producing at a .244/.309/.311 clip and fielding .919.
Wade spent most of 2014 as a utility man for the Cedar Rapids Kernels (.233/.272/.380 in 75 G) and had a rehab stint with the GCL Twins (.132/.195/.184 in 10 G). Back at short for Brisbane, he hit better (.287/.308/.463) and fielded better (.935). In the 2014-2015 ABL, he tied Tim Kennelly and Jack Murphy for 5th with 11 doubles. With the Fort Myers Miracle in 2015, he manned all three bases and the two corner outfield slots, hitting .258/.296/.374.
In the 2015-2016 ABL, Logan produced at a .315/.362/.492 clip as the Bandits won their first title since the 1990s. He was 8th in the league in average (between Kyle Petty and Jason Leblebijian), 9th in slugging (between Rhys Hoskins and Mitch Nilsson) and was 11th in OPS. That performance earned him his first spot on the Australian national team, for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He was one of seven Twins farmhands in the Sydney qualifiers when no other team had more than two representatives; the other Twins minor leaguers were fellow Aussies Todd Van Steensel, Sam Gibbons, Aaron Whitefield and James Beresford as well as South Africans Callan Pearce and Rowan Ebersohn. In his debut, he doubled off J.R. Bunda of the Philippines national team and scored the winning run on a James Beresford hit. He later doubled and scored again for a 2-for-4 day. For the tourney, which Australia won to get a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, he was 5 for 10 with 3 doubles, a walk, three runs and two RBI. He tied for 4th in the Sydney qualifiers in runs, tied for 4th in hits, was second in doubles (one behind Trent Oeltjen), tied Kyle Botha for third in total bases (one behind Oeltjen and Boss Moanaroa), tied James Beresford and Moko Moanaroa for 4th in average, tied Connar O'Gorman for 8th in OBP, was 5th in slugging (between Boss Moanaroa and Keegan Swanepoel) and tied Swanepoel for 3rd in OPS (behind former major leaguers Oeltjen and Eric Farris).
As a utility man for Fort Myers in 2016, he hit .209/.248/.294 in 55 games. As Brisbane's shortstop that winter, he hit .280/.312/.402 and scored 33 runs in 39 games despite his relatively low OBP. He stole 8 bases in 9 tries. He nearly led the 2016-2017 ABL in runs, one behind teammate Whitefield. In the finals, he excelled, going 4 for 8 including a homer off pitching Triple Crown winner Mark Hamburger as Brisbane upset the Melbourne Aces to defend their title. He was named finals MVP. He was then on the Australian squad for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.