KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A former Waynesville Tiger pitcher will take the mound under a new contract with a MLB team next season.
Dustin Loggins, a 2008 graduate of Waynesville High, was awarded the chance to play with the Arizona Diamondbacks after the team purchased his previous contract with the Kansas City T-Bones baseball organization in late September.
"This is what Dustin has always worked for, to play affiliated baseball," his mother, Tina Loggins said. "He has worked so hard for this. We cannot put in words just how extremely proud we are of him."
After starting the 2013 season in the T-Bones bullpen, Loggins joined the starting rotation in June, finishing 7-6 with one save and a 4.12 ERA. The right-hander logged 101 strikeouts to only 38 walks in 104 2/3 innings, including a career-high 12 strikeouts in a loss to Fargo on Aug. 9.
Loggins initially signed with the T-Bones in 2012 after pitching at College of the Ozarks (2008-2012) and in Australia with the Canberra Cavalry last winter, helping the team win an Australian Baseball League championship.
The T-Bones report that Loggins is the franchise's 22nd player whose contract has been bought by MLB.
Loggins participated in a private work-out in Chicago on Sept. 28 before signing with the Diamondbacks.
He is currently working with a professional pitching coach to increase his pitch speed, which reached as high as 94 miles per hour during the Sept. 28 tryout.