Missouri Southern’s VanWey signs free agent deal with Houston Astros

MSSU pitcher and former Webb City standout Logan VanWey earns his shot at pro baseball.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Missouri Southern pitcher Logan VanWey is ready to prove he deserves his shot at Major League Baseball.

“I’ve always felt like I’ve had something to prove,” VanWey says, “Out of high school, I didn’t have very many offers and I was overlooked in the last two drafts.”

The former Webb City Cardinal is now getting his shot – signing a free agent contract with the Houston Astros Tuesday afternoon.

“I had dreamed of what it would feel like for years to get that call and how it would go,” VanWey says, “Nothing prepares you for when it actually happens. I’ve known I’m good enough, I had just been overlooked for two years. To get the opportunity now makes it all worth it.”

“I’ve signed a professional contract with one of the best teams in Major League Baseball,” he adds, “I’ll always have my same work ethic, but now I’m working toward making the big leagues.

VanWey had an outstanding senior season for Missouri Southern this spring.

He was a unanimous 1st team All-MIAA selection and an ABCA All-Region pick. He finished the season with a 7-3 record on the mound with a 3.47 ERA. VanWey led the MIAA in strikeouts with 123 on the year. Those 123 strikeouts puts him behind only Zach Parish – who finished with 136 twice in his MSSU career.

His final appearance for The Lions was a dominant, 131-pitch performance against rival Pittsburg State in the first round of the MIAA tournament. VanWey threw 8 shutout innings, allowing just 4 hits and collecting 10 strikeouts in the Lions’ 6-0 win.

He has been playing in the Pioneer League this summer with the Glacier Range Riders. The Pioneer League is an independent partner league of Major League Baseball.

“Playing in the Pioneer League, I feel I’ve become a better pitcher,” VanWey adds, “I’ve been able to throw to hitters at a higher level. The league not only got me accustomed to the travel, but also the workload.”

He also says his time at Missouri Southern has made him a better pitcher – and helped propel him to his new opportunity.

“Missouri Southern is a huge part of the reason I’m still playing baseball,” VanWey finishes, “They gave me the opportunity to play in college. Since the first day I was with MSSU, coach Tuck and coach Darnell have always given me every opportunity to shine, whether it was as a closer for the first four years of my career there, or as the Friday starter this year. I owe so much to those coaches, and I hope I can make the program proud.”