Sioux Falls Native Landon Signs With Birds
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- He made it from Lincoln High School to Triple-A. Now he's suiting up for his hometown team.
The Sioux Falls Canaries have signed outfielder Logan Landon for the 2020 season, the club announced Tuesday.
Landon, a former 10th-round draft choice with five years of minor-league experience, will make his indy ball debut with the Birds.
"He's a humble, hardworking guy. He wants to get better every day, and that's the type of person that we want," Canaries manager Mike Meyer said. "We're doing whatever we can to put the ball in play, and he fits that mold really well for us. I think he's going to be a big piece in our lineup."
Landon, 27, was a standout with Lincoln in his high school days, earning Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year for South Dakota in 2011.
After two years at the junior college level, Landon arrived at the University of Texas-Pan American (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley). A pitcher throughout college up to that point, he moved back into the outfield his senior year and blossomed at the plate and in the field. Landon hit .382/.476/.623 with 14 doubles and eight home runs in 51 games for the Broncs in 2015.
Landon caught the eye of pro scouts, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers the following offseason. First assigned to LA's Arizona League affiliate, he quickly moved up in competition, finishing the 2015 season with Class A Great Lakes.
Landon helped lead the Loons to a Midwest League championship in 2016, slashing .263/.327/.389 with 21 doubles and nine home runs in 118 games. He also made an appearance on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays for a diving catch in May.
"I think that's something that was much needed for us, to upgrade our outfield defense, especially in the gaps and in center field at the Birdcage," Meyer said. "I think he helps solidify that."
Though he missed much of 2017 with an injury, Landon continued to rise through the ranks. He made his first appearance with Triple-A Oklahoma City that season.
Landon was back in business in 2018, spending the first 85 games at High-A Rancho Cucamonga and posting a .268/.340/.445 slash line and a dozen home runs. That earned him a call-up to Double-A Tulsa, where he helped the Drillers win the 2018 Texas League championship.
Logan spent most of 2019 with Tulsa, earning a brief call-up to Triple-A in June. He hit .220/.287/.340 and continued to dazzle in the outfield.
Meyer says Landon's bat could be even better than the numbers suggest once he enters the Birds' lineup.
"He's got really repeatable mechanics at the plate, which is always a good thing," Meyer said. "He's going to be able to hit the ball to all fields."
The Sioux Falls Canaries open their 2020 season on May 19 at the Birdcage. Check out the Birds' 2020 schedule here. For more information on season tickets, suites, group outings, and corporate opportunities, call the Canaries Front Office at (605) 336-6060, or visit www.sfcanaries.com.