Baseball player Logan Campbell just signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins, and says Grand Rapids Community College prepared him to be successful.
Campbell is turning professional, but several other recent Raiders are continuing athletically and academically at four-year colleges.
Campbell, a 2017 Belding High School graduate, played his first year of collegiate baseball at Mesa Community College in Arizona before coming back home and attending GRCC. Posting an 8-3 record for the Raiders in 2019, he led the team in wins, was second in ERA with 3.23 and had 52 strikeouts in 43.1 innings.
“GRCC was a place for me that I was able to focus on the important things in my life,” he said. “With the new facilities it felt like a D1 atmosphere. I was able to do what I need at GRCC to develop as a baseball player.”
Campbell transferred to the University of Charleston, where he dominated his competition while improving his velocity and adding more pitches to his repertoire. In two seasons there, one of them cut short due to COVID-19, he accumulated a 13-1 record, with a sub3.00 ERA and 145 strikeouts in 91 innings.
He was signed by the Twins as a free agent, and is heading to the team’s Fort Myers, Fla. training complex. He’ll soon learn his first destination for the organization.
“Going to JUCO was one of the smartest decisions in my life,” Campbell said. “It gave me two more years to develop so I could get better opportunities than I did out of high school. Work ethic is the biggest thing I learned while being in junior college because you are the only one that decides your future.”