Logan Moon looks at his recent promotion to Triple-A Omaha with stark clarity and reality.
The Blue Springs South High School graduate was called up by the Kansas City Royals from the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Natural to Omaha Tuesday because the Storm Chasers needed some bodies in an outfield that had been depleted by injuries and players designated for assignment.
Peter O’Brien had been designated for assignment and picked up by the Miami Marlins, Billy Burns was placed on the disabled list and Paulo Orlando is banged up, so Moon made the trip to Omaha where he is thrilled to join some of his former Naturals teammates.
“I know quite a few guys on the Storm Chasers,” said Moon, who drove to Omaha from Springdale, Arkansas, after making a quick stop in Blue Springs to spend a few hours with his family. “It’s exciting to get the call from Omaha, but let’s be honest, I know – at least I think I know – it’s not going to be a long-term thing because they have some guys hurt and need some help.”
Moon, though, earned the promotion by hitting .280 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 24 games for the Naturals.
“I can’t control how long I’m there, but there are three things I can control – how hard I play, my approach to the game and having fun,” he said. “And I’m going to have fun. I’m going to enjoy every minute of it, no matter how long I’m in Omaha.”
While he is pleased with his average and power numbers, Moon is not happy with 25 strikeouts in 24 games for Northwest Arkansas.
“Cutting down on my strikeouts is something I’m working on,” said Moon, who struck out in two of three appearances in his first game with the Storm Chasers Wednesday against Tacoma. “You know, baseball is a game of ups and downs, of streaks – good and bad – and I’m not happy with all the strikeouts.
“It’s something we’re working on at Northwest Arkansas and will continue working on at Omaha.”
Moon received the Mike Sweeney Award as a player who best represents the organization on and off the field this past March in a special ceremony at the team’s training camp in Surprise, Arizona.
Sweeney, the Royals Hall of Famer who is well known for his off-the-field charitable pursuits, said of Moon, “He’s the type of man you want your son to grow up to be or your daughter to marry.”