Exavier Prente Logan (Nook)...makes his offseason home in his native Natchez, MS...is a '98 graduate of Natchez
(MS) High...was originally selected by NYY in the 40th round of the First-Year Player Draft that June, but chose to
attend Copiah Lincoln CC in Wesson, MS...in 2000, helped the Co-Lin to the NJCAA Division II World Series, where
the Wolfpack finished 4th...in 2000, set LCCC's single-season records with 6 triples, 47 steals and 84 runs scored.
Performed well in just 2nd complete big league campaign (also 2005 with DET)...established career highs with 86 hits, 18 doubles, 21 RBI and 325 at-bats...gave up switch hitting beginning June 6...batted exclusively from the right side the rest of the way...ranked 2nd among Nationals (Felipe Lopez, 24) and matched career high with 23 stolen bags...ranked among NL leaders in infield hits (7th, 25), bunt hits (5th, 9) and batting with RISP and 2 outs (9th, .366)...started 79 games, all in CF...got the starting nod in 51 of Washington's 74 contests after the All-Star break...ranked 2nd among Nationals with .284 batting average (61-for-215) after the ASB...only Austin Kearns (.285) was better...led Washington with 14 2nd-half stolen bases...in 28 games batting leadoff, the first of which came June 30, Washington finished 13-15...hit .241 (28-for-116) when starting as the Nationals' leadoff hitter...was Manny Acta's Opening Day CF on April 2 vs. FLA, but left game with a left foot strain after making a 4th-inning catch of a Dan Uggla drive while crashing into the CF wall...was placed on the 15-Day DL, April 3, and missed 29 games before being reinstated from the DL on May 6...hit .455 (15-for-33) during career-best 9-game hitting streak, August 3-11...stole at least one base in a career-high 4 straight games, August 4-7...went 5-for-6 with a double and 3 RBI in first career start at Minute Maid Park, August 21...thus, posted the franchise's first 5-hit game since the Expos Mark Grudzielanek turned the trick, May 8, 1998 vs. COL (the franchise went 3392 days between the 5-hit efforts)...17 different players have now posted 5 or more hits for the Nationals/Expos franchise, including Rondell White, who notched a franchise single-game record 6 safeties, June 11, 1995 at SFG...was successful on 8 straight stolen-base attempts, June 6-July 25...went 4-for-10 (.400) in the pinch...hit .320 (33-for-103) in 28 games in August, ranking 2nd among Nationals behind only Dmitri Young (.373)...batted .305 (40-for-131) against right-handed pitchers. Game-By-Game Highlights: 2-hit, 2-stolen bag, 2 RBI effort, May 20 vs. BAL, included game-winning 2-run single with 2 outs in 8th...the 2-run single erased a 3-2 deficit in game eventually won, 4-3...laced decisive 2-run ground-rule double in a 5-4 win, May 25 at STL...scored a team season-high 4 runs to become just the 3rd National to do so since MLB returned to DC in '05 (Marlon Byrd, Sept. 27, 2005 at FLA and Alfonso Soriano, June 8, 2006 vs.PHI)...matched career high with 3 RBI, August 29 at LAD.
Spent majority of season in the Tigers' minor league system, but seized late-season opportunity with the Nationals
after being acquired in trade on September 1 in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations...hit .300
(27-for-90) with 3 doubles, a triple, a homer, 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases in 27 games (25 starts) with the Nationals...in less than one month (27 games, 90 at-bats) with Washington, legged out 8 bunt hits to tie for 10th in MLB (7th in
the NL)...only Ryan Zimmerman (11) legged out more bunt hits among Nationals...defensively, locked down center
field and the gaps for the Nationals, making numerous diving catches to thwart opponent rallies...after being acquired,
Washington pitchers allowed just 8.96 hits per game...before the trade (through August 31), Nationals pitchers allowed
9.6 hits per game...hit safely in 21 of 25 starts, including 11 consecutive starts from September 16-28 (.333, 14-for-42)...27 hits ranked 3rd among Nationals in September/October...went 11-for-21 (.524) when leading off an inning.
Game-By-Game Highlights: Made Nationals debut as a pinch hitter in afternoon affair on September 2 vs. ARI...later
that night vs. ARI, went 2-for-4 in first start with the Nationals (teams played split "doubleheader" that, according to
Elias Sports Bureau, wasn't a doubleheader)...hit lone home run on September 10 at COL off Jeff Francis...8th-inning
RBI single snapped a 4-4 tie in Washington's eventual 5-4 win on September 12 at ARI...notched season-high 3 hits,
September 27 vs. PHI.
In Minor Leagues: Did not earn a roster spot with DET out of spring training...began season with Toledo of the Triple-A International League...batted .185 in 19 games with the Mud Hens before being sent to Erie of the Double-A Eastern League...batted .247 and swiped 9 bases in 20 games with the Sea Wolves...in all, combined to hit .218 at the 2 levels.
Logan made the Opening Day roster as a spare outfielder, but soon was pressed into duty
when Magglio Ordonez went on the disabled list. He had three hits and robbed the Orioles of two home runs April 19 at Camden Yards, part of an eight-game hitting streak that earned him the center field job while Ordonez was out. He went 8-for-12 in a three-game series at Texas May 9-11, making a highlight dash home from first base on a wild pitch and throwing error.
Spent the majority of the season as the starting center fielder at Triple A Toledo, before seeing his first major league action in two separate stints with Detroit -- tabbed the Detroit Sports Broadcasters' Association Tigers Rookie of the Year...Led all Tigers minor leaguers and ranked second in the International League with 38 stolen bases, while also ranking fifth in the league with nine triples...Batted .188 (9x48) with five stolen bases in his first 13 games with Toledo April 8-21...Stole a season-high two bases April 17 at Charlotte -- matched the high April 24 at Louisville, May 10 versus Buffalo, June 14 at Norwich and June 18 at Richmond...Scored a season-high three runs April 28 versus Columbus...also scored three runs May 29 at Rochester...Collected three hits and a season-high four RBI April 29 versus Columbus... Hit safely in eight straight games April 22-30, batting .405 (15x37) with two doubles, a triple and seven RBI...Knocked out a season-high four hits May 28 at Ottawa...Hit safely in a
season-high 12 consecutive games July 6-19, batting .388 (19x49) with seven runs scored, four
doubles and four RBI...Recalled to Detroit on July 21 and made his major league debut that evening versus Kansas City, collecting his first major league hit on a bunt single off Darrell May
in the second inning...Collected a career-high three hits, while also recording his first major league run scored, double and RBI on July 22 versus Kansas City...also collected three hits on
October 3 versus Tampa Bay...Recorded the first stolen base of his career on July 25 against Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field...Optioned to Toledo on July 29...Batted .212 (7x33) with two stolen bases in eight games with Toledo July 31-August 8, before being recalled to Detroit on August 9...Walked twice on August 25 at Anaheim to record his first career multi-walk game...also walked twice on August 18 at Chicago and September 6 versus Kansas City...Swiped a season-high two bases on September 3 at
Tampa Bay...also stole two bases on October 2 versus Tampa Bay...Ripped his first major league triple on September 16 at Cleveland...also tripled on October 3 versus Tampa Bay...Batted .407 (11x27) with a double and two triples when
putting the first pitch in play...Batted .145 (8x55) with two strikes, fanning 24 times...Tied for second among American League rookies with
eight stolen bases.
- Topped his Single A Lakeland club with 506 at-bats, 136 hits and 55 stolen bases...tied for the team high with 75 runs scored and seven triples.
- Led the Florida State League in stolen bases and stolen base success rate (77.5 percent), in addition to finishing fifth with 506 at-bats.
- Topped all league outfielders with 316 putouts.
- First among all Tigers minor leaguers in stolen bases.
- Eighth among all players in Single A and 10th in the minors with his 55 stolen bases.
- Struggled during April, batting .214 (15x70) with 21 strikeouts in 16 games.
- Collected a season-best four hits at Clearwater on May 18.
- Swiped a season-high three bases in the first game of a doubleheader at Sarasota on May 20...matched the high with three stolen bases on three different occasions: July 10 at Charlotte, July 18 versus Tampa and August 23 against Daytona.
- Posted a nine-game hitting streak June 13-24, batting .375 (15x40) with 10 runs scored, a triple, home run and three RBI.
- Equaled his season high of four hits at Clearwater on June 22.
- In 27 games during June, he batted .296 (34x115) with 17 runs, three doubles, two triples, a home run, eight RBI and 13 stolen bases.
- Recorded a season-best 11-game hitting streak July 24-August 6...hit .375 (18x48) with eight runs, a double, two triples and two RBI during the course of the streak.
- Swiped 15 bases in 27 games during July, batting .264 (28x106) with 17 runs scored.
- Collected four hits at Daytona in the first game of a doubleheader on August 12, matching a season high...scored three runs, homered, drove in two runs and swiped two bases.
- Despite hitting .185 (10x54) with 19 strikeouts over a 15-game stretch August 14-31, he still managed to bat .286 (28x98) with 20 runs, six doubles, two triples and 13 stolen bases in 26 games during August.
- Fared better against lefties in the Florida State League, batting .286 (42x147)...hit .262 (94x359) with righthanders on the mound.
- Managed just a .221 batting average (25x113) when hitting with runners in scoring position.
- In seven games during the Florida State League playoffs, Logan batted .393 (11x28) with seven runs, two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and five stolen bases.
- Named as the seventh-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.
- Rated as the fastest baserunner and best defensive outfielder in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America.
- Named as the 20th-best prospect in the Florida State League following the season by Baseball America.