Vick's career is just getting started
Despite being one of the oldest players at Low-A Lake County, Texas native and Captains outfielder Logan Vick is only seeing the positives.
“Just because I’ve gone to Baylor,” Vick said, “I kind of know how to handle myself in tough situations. I get frustrated when things aren’t going good for myself and I think other guys pick up on that. I can lead those guys through my actions and the way I play when things don’t go my way.”
Leading his teammates through the highs and lows is all a part of the experiences he gained while at Baylor University for two seasons. But playing at this level of baseball wasn’t in Vick’s immediate future when choosing to attend Baylor after high school.
“I had no idea where I was going to be after I started at Baylor," Vick said. "I was focused on playing college baseball and if it worked out that I got drafted after my junior year, I was probably going to take that. This is where God has planned for me to be and I’m really excited to be here.”
This is Vick’s second season with the Indians organization. After being drafted in the 11th round during the 2012 draft, Vick spent the 2012 season in Mahoning Valley before moving up to Lake County for the 2013 season.
2013 hasn’t been as rewarding as the 2012 season was for the Captains organization, but Vick doesn’t see the win-loss record to be an indication of how the season will continue.
“I know we can do a lot better than we’ve been doing the last few weeks, but then again it’s not all about winning and losing, it’s about really producing players and trying to work on certain things at this level and to help us be individually better baseball players,” said Vick.
Becoming better players individually, instead of just reeling in wins, is something manager Scooter Tucker agreed with. Tucker also sees the same raw talent in his team that Vick sees in his teammates.
”I know the talent we have on this team," Tucker said. "Yes we’re young, but I know that we can play a lot better, and play a lot smarter baseball. I think a lot of guys will mature as the season goes on and have a great run more towards the end of the season."
Constantly bettering himself is Vick’s main goal, and he has done just that since being drafted in 2012. Finishing the 2012 season with a .181 average, Vick is already pushing himself past that with a current .280 average, along with one home run, 16 RBI and six stolen bases, and that’s only 43 games into the season.
Vick hopes that his performance in 2013 will show his ability for the future as well.
“Over the next couple seasons, I would like to be moving up in the organization obviously, but now I’m at low-A and my job is to get better as a baseball player here and help the team win,” Vick said . “We’ll see where my time takes me, and that’s a decision the front office makes and I’m going to continue to do my best and leave that decision up to them.”
Vick is still somewhat adjusting to the overwhelming and busy schedule that accompanies professional athletics versus college athletics, but he isn’t letting that slow him down.
“The biggest difference is playing every single day,” Vick said. “It’s really hard to sometimes motivate yourself and continue to get good sleep, eat healthy, and take care of your body, because when you’re playing every single day it takes a toll on your body."
But Vick won’t allow the repetitive, almost daily play affect his motivation, because although he’s only 22 years old and only two seasons in as a professional, his career is just getting started.