SAUGET — The Gateway Grizzlies have announced the return of pitcher Logan Mahon for the 2013 season.
"We are thrilled to have Logan back in a Grizzlies uniform," Grizzlies manager Phil Warren said. "He has the chance to be one of the top pitchers in the league, whether he's starting or relieving. He's versatile enough to do both."
Mahon, 24, spent the entire 2012 season with Gateway and was an integral part of the team's pitching success during their 57-39 season that included a trip to the Frontier League playoffs.
Mahon was signed by the Baltimore Orioles after the 2012 Grizzlies season, but after taking part in spring training with the organization, he was released. He was one of three players from the 2012 team to have their contract purchased by a major league organization.
The St. Elmo native appeared in 33 games for the Grizzlies in 2012, all relief, while recording a 2-1 record and a 2.52 ERA. In 35 2/3 innings, Mahon struck out 25 and walked 21.
"Our bullpen was one of our strengths this past season and Logan was a big reason," Warren commented. "He was consistent throughout the entire season for us. We are excited to see what he has in store for 2013."
Mahon was a 22nd round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies in 2011 after a solid collegiate career at Kaskaskia College and Southeast Missouri State University. While in the Rockies organization, Mahon did not record a win or loss and had an ERA of 4.50 in five relief appearances with the Casper Ghosts (Rookie Ball).
When drafted by the Rockies, Mahon became the fifth highest draft pick in SEMO baseball history and the fourth Redhawk to be selected in the top 25 rounds. He was the first Ohio Valley Conference baseball player selected in the 2011 draft.
The Grizzlies 2013 home opener is on May 21 when they take on the Joliet Slammers in the friendly confines of GCS Ballpark. Season and group tickets are on sale now. For more information call 618-337-3000.