Former Soddy-Daisy, Lee star Logan Workman gets standing ovation in Chattanooga

Starts for Biscuits in win over host Lookouts

Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Montgomery Biscuits starter Logan Workman pitches in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field.
Staff photo by Patrick MacCoon / Montgomery Biscuits starter Logan Workman pitches in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Chattanooga Lookouts at AT&T Field.

Logan Workman experienced a night of baseball many could only dream of.

The cheers for the visitors at AT&T Field were much louder than usual Wednesday, when Workman returned to his hometown and was the starting pitcher for the Montgomery Biscuits against the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The Tampa Bay Rays prospect, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound right-hander, worked into the sixth inning to help the Biscuits win 8-7 in the matchup of Double-A Southern League teams.

Before the game, Workman’s father Jerry sent him a text of encouragement and was greeted by a message back from his son reading: “I love you guys. See you all soon.”

Lifelong friends from Soddy-Daisy filled the stands, and there was a large section of teammates and coaches from Lee University, where Workman was a college standout. An oversized cutout of Workman’s head was even seen in a crowd of 2,853 that included some of the young pitchers who take lessons from the 24-year-old.

“Seeing Logan out there pitch against the Lookouts tonight was surreal,” said Jared Hensley, Workman’s high school baseball coach at Soddy-Daisy. “He is a very prideful kid. Soddy-Daisy and this town has always meant a lot to him. I hope he knows how proud everyone is of him. I hope he soaked up the moment for himself. He has worked extremely hard and deserves every bit of what has come his way in his pro career.”

As a junior, Workman was the starting catcher for Soddy-Daisy.

On the mound Wednesday, he consistently ranged from 95 to 97 mph with his fastball and worked past trouble in the first to make his homecoming memorable. After giving up three hits and a run in that inning, Workman settled down to allow just one earned run over his next 4 1/3 innings, during which he struck out four batters. His first came on a high fastball he blew past Nick Northcut in a 1-2-3 second inning.

He was pulled in the sixth, two outs from a quality start, having thrown 89 pitches. Workman raised his glove as he walked back to the dugout to a standing ovation.

His ERA still sits at a low mark of 2.66 through 30 1/3 innings, and he now has 30 strikeouts. The seventh-round draft pick has high expectations of himself with a goal of reaching the majors.

“I am not on any top 100 prospect lists or top 30 lists, which pushes me to work harder and harder,” Workman said. “You have to push to make a name for yourself, because nobody is going to hand anything to you. Sooner or later, I believe all my hard work will pay off and people will not be able to ignore my talent.”

Workman spent Wednesday morning working out with his teammates and manager at Peak Kinetic Performance, where he has trained with Montgomery teammate and fellow Chattanooga native Cole Wilcox over the offseason. Wilcox is scheduled to start for the Biscuits on Friday.

“Working with Logan has been a blast and a lot of fun,” Peak Kinetic Performance co-owner Gannon Hampton said. “He gets after it and brings great energy every time he steps into the gym. To be here and see him pitch tonight was incredible. We are blessed to be a part of his training process.”

Contact Patrick MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com.

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