“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
The Seattle Mariners 1st round pick in the 2018 draft, Logan Gilbert has always had excitement and anticipation surrounding his name. The 6-foot-6 right hander has been praised for his powerful fastball and strong mix of offspeed pitches. Since making his debut earlier in the 2021 season as he rose through the Mariners system, he says his goal is to use the gifts he has been given to make an impact.
A native of Apopka, Florida, Gilbert was undrafted out of high school before deciding to go to Stetson for his college years. The Hatters of Stetson have produced names such as Corey Kluber and Jacob deGrom, two of the strongest pitchers in the MLB over the past decade. As Gilbert began to make his name known and popped up on the radars of scouts throughout the MLB, faith was also an important part of life for him. Since being drafted in the 1st round of the 2018 MLB Draft and spending time in the minors, Gilbert says his faith has continued to grow. “My relationship with Jesus has always been the most important thing in my life. Especially since a few years ago I’ve been trying to put Him first in everything in my life.” After just one full season in the minors, Gilbert got the call to join the Mariners big league team in 2021 after his first start in Triple A.
As Gilbert has taken the mound for the Mariners, his faith has played a key role in keeping him focused. He says faith is the backbone of his career and keeps his eyes fixed on what is most important. “My faith in Jesus gives me a sense of peace and purpose in my baseball career. I try to glorify God in everything that I do and that includes the way I play. I want to be an example that points others to Him.” He has been doing just that as he has used his platform to be a light in the lives of others. Throughout the good starts and the bad ones, Gilbert says he is focused on keeping a mindset of gratitude and confidence each time he steps onto the mound.
For Gilbert, like every player’s career it has come with its challenges. As Gilbert soared through the minors and was on the brink of the MLB during Spring Training of 2020, hopes for that were dashed as COVID shortened the MLB season and altogether put an end to the 2020 minor league season. Gilbert says baseball has been teaching him to remain humble and trust that even when things may not go completely according to plan, there is a greater purpose for it all. “Baseball has helped to grow my faith through difficult times. I know that I can always rely on Him through the ups and the downs.” Gilbert also says he is aided by a verse that he holds close to his heart, Galatians 2:20. It says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gilbert says this is a reminder of who he is and to not allow the results of the game to get to him. “Galatians 2:20 is my favorite verse because it talks about the love and sacrifice of Christ and the way our lives are transformed when we give our lives to God.”
As Gilbert and the Mariners gear up for the rest of the 2021 season, Gilbert says that he is reminded to keep his faith first in the midst of the uncertainties. Although he doesn’t know exactly what each day will bring or what the results of each game will be, he remains grounded and reliant on his opportunity to use his gifts to make an impact, regardless of winning or losing. And for Gilbert, that is what is most important.
*Photos in article courtesy of Logan Gilbert