Logan Swann is an official member of the NDSU Men’s Baseball team.
The Redwood Valley senior standout infielder (SS/2B) signed his official letter-of-intent on Friday to join six other high school players and two transfers as new members of the Bison.
“It’s been a fun process and I’m looking forward to playing for Coach (Tod) Brown and the Bison,” Swann said.
NDSU is an up-and-coming Division I program under the Arizona native Brown, finishing last season with a record of 40-20.
The Bison reached the Summit League Championship game and even boasted an 8-2 victory over eventual National Champion Arizona during the regular season.
Swann was impressed with the coaching staff as well as a new 65,000 square foot indoor training facility and a 4,400 seat on-campus stadium.
“The coaches were great and it just felt like the right place for me,” Swann said.
Swann began to garner interest from college and pro scouts during his sophomore season where he put up eye-opening numbers for the Cardinals batting .508 with a .738 slugging percentage, a .605 on-base percentage and 31 hits.
He finished with four triples, six doubles and 19 RBI’s to lead the Cards in nearly every offensive statistic.
During that summer he was invited to the Showtime Sports Camp in Burnsville and was selected to play for Team Minnesota in the Midwest Classic.
Former Redwood Valley Head Coach and now Minnesota Twins scout Denny Boe – along with son Corey – were coaches on the team.
“That was a great opportunity for me to be able to show off my abilities to scouts,” he said, “I really want to thank Coach Boe for all of his help.”
Showtime Sports Camps were created in 1997 as a way to provide exposure for baseball prospects across the Midwest.
Swann again competed for the team following his junior year playing in front of scouts from 15 Major League teams as well as 12 big time college programs (against teams from New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and Illinois).
Before the start of his junior high school campaign he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and was forced to miss the entire season.
His back is now healthy and he attributes most of it to hard work in the weight room as well as resistance training, speed training and lots of tee-work.
During the last few months he played in a U of M fall league to pick up some more at-bats and is looking forward to his final high school season this spring.
Swann – who was also recruited by Minnesota State-Mankato, Augustana, SDSU, Bradley University, St. Cloud State and the U of M – attributes a lot of his success to countless hours working with older brother Larry who was a solid player for the Cardinals nearly a decade ago and who also played collegiately at Ridgewater College.
Page 2 of 2 - Larry was an All-SWC performer for the Cards back in 2003 batting .364 with a .621 slugging percentage, 24 hits and a team-high four homeruns.
“I just remember going to his games and watching him play,” he said, “I’ve always looked up to him and he's helped me out a lot... I still go to him for advise when I’m struggling in certain areas.”
For now, the talented Cardinal is looking forward to helping Redwood Valley win games this spring.
“Obviously I’m looking forward to what awaits next year at NDSU but for now I’m going to keep on training to get ready for the spring,” he said.