Brian Lewis, Field Manager
Brian Lewis will be returning for his third season as skipper of the Loggers in 2018, but is entering his sixth season with the club after serving as an assistant coach from 2013-2015.In two seasons at the helm, Lewis has guided the Loggers to a 69-73 (.486) record. Under Lewis’ guidance the past two seasons, the Loggers produced a league-high four all-NWL selections in 2016 in Mason McCoy (Iowa), Griffin Conine (Duke), Cullen Large (William & Mary) and Nick Raquet (William & Mary) and added three more in 2017 in David Villar (South Florida), Kennie Taylor (Duke) and Korey Lee (California). The Loggers also had a league-high 21 players drafted in the 2017 Major League Draft.
Tom Kinney returns for his third season with the Lumbermen, leading the Loggers pitching staff. Logger hurlers have amassed 1,137 strikeouts over the past two seasons under Kinney’s direction, a total that ranks second in the entire Northwoods League. Kinney has played a key role in the development of several Logger pitchers who are now in professional baseball including 2016 pitchers Nick Raquet (3rd Round Pick ’17, Washington), JonathonTeaney (20th Round Pick ’17, Cleveland), Mitch Stalsberg (23rd Round Pick ’17, Detroit), Dave Smith (25th Round Pick ’17, Washington), Joe DiBenedetto (29th Round Pick ’17, Toronto) and Graham Spraker (31st Round Pick ’17, Toronto).
Kinney grew up in Morton, Ill. and played at four different colleges including Olney Central College, Illinois Central College, Florida Atlantic University and Bradley University. After Bradley, he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and went on to win the Rolaids Relief Award of the Arizona Rookie League in 1990. The following year he was converted to a start in the South Atlantic League before being released later that year. Kinney then began a career in law enforcement and is a retired office from Aurora, Ill. After retirement from the police force Kinney began coaching at Waubonsee Community College for three years and then moved on to Illinois Central College for three years. Kinney has since returned to Waubanosee where he currently serves as their pitching coach. Tom has been married to his wife, Kim, for nearly 24 years and they have three sons (Thomas, Kyle and Chase).
Stu Pederson, Hitting Coach
Joining the Loggers staff for the first time in 2018 will be Stu Pederson who brings vast array of knowledge and experience to the dugout. Pederson, who will serve as the Loggers hitting coach, spent 12 years in professional baseball, from 1981-1992 in the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 1981 MLB Draft out of the University of Southern California. An outfielder, Pederson played eight Major League games for the Dodgers in 1985, and made his MLB debut on September 8, 1985. He spent much of his professional career- parts of nine of his 12 seasons at the triple-A level. He played for five seasons with the Syracuse Chiefs in the Blue Jays farm system, becoming one of the team’s most popular players and even earning “Stu Pederson Night” in 1991. The Chiefs honored his achievements with induction into the team’s Wall of Fame in 2012.
Taylore Baker, Assistant Coach
Taylore Baker is a 2010 graduate of Canton Central Catholic (OH). Baker furthered his playing career at Northern Kentucky University, while finishing at Malone University. While at Malone, Baker was an All-Conference selection in consecutive years as a pitcher. He then continued on the Pioneer coaching staff as an assistant in 2014-2016 where the Pioneers reached the GLIAC conference tournament two consecutive years. The Pioneers were 55-47 over those two seasons of play. In the seasons at Malone, Baker assisted in the development of an All-American, GLIAC Freshman of the Year, three All-Region selectees, and a total of ten All-Conference selections over the course of those two years. In 2015-16, his pitching staff ranked in the top 25 in team ERA in NCAA Division II.
The past three summers Baker has led the Galion Graders of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League both as pitching coach in 2015 and head coach 2016-2017 where he coached 7 league all-stars and MLB 25th round selection Patrick Dayton to the St. Louis Cardinals. He currently resides in Livonia, Michigan and is the pitching coach at Madonna University.