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HEBRON ESTATES – On Wednesday, power-hitting North Bullitt third baseman Logan Wyatt tweeted out that he had committed to the University of Louisville and head coach Dan McDonnell.
The announcement was confirmed by Eagle baseball coach Brian Wise the next day who said that the decision was an easy one for Wyatt who grew up a fan of the Cardinals. It was also a quick decision by Wyatt who had only visited with McDonnell the previous day. It was also his first official visit.
Wyatt cannot sign with the Cardinals until the fall of 2015 to start playing with the team in late 2016.
After being part of the North Bullitt team that reached the semi-finals of the Kentucky State Baseball Tournament in June, interest in the sophomore was picking up according to Wise who was fielding inquiries from schools like Marshall and Cincinnati. Wyatt’s massive home run in a 4-3 win over Connor in the state quarter-finals raised his stock considerably.
But Louisville was making visible contact, watching the slugger play with his summer travel ball team, The Razorbacks, a team out of Evansville, Ind., that also includes North Bullitt pitcher/first baseman Jacob Kelly, who will be a senior with the Eagles in the spring.
“When they offered, he jumped on it,” Wise said. “That would have been his number one choice eventually anyway. That is obviously a great program. It’s also close to home and they go to the College World Series. That’s the highest level.
“It’s exciting for him and his family and for us,” the Eagle coach said.
Wise feels that Wyatt will continue to play at third base at the next level. One major advantage that he has is that he throws right-handed while batting from the left side. That doesn’t limit him to playing at first base, a position he could fill if needed.
“He has only played third base during the summer,” Wise pointed out. “He’s a good third baseman. He’s big and moves well. He is quick for his size and has a good arm.”
As a sophomore, Wyatt was listed at 6-2, 175, but he was noticeably bigger than that at the state tournament. Through the first 38 games of the season this past spring, Wyatt led the Eagles with a .426 batting average with 46 hits in 108 at-bats. He had six doubles, four triples and a pair of home runs and had also stolen seven bases.
McDonnell and the Cardinals have been one of the nation’s top programs since his arrive eight years ago. Over that span, the team has reached the college play-offs all but one time and they have won three Super Regionals which has propelled them into the College World Series.
By the time Wyatt will be playing with the Cardinals, they will be playing in the highly competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.
Former Bullitt East standout Brandon Alphin is a member of the Cardinal program now, but will graduate before Wyatt’s arrival.