Oregon State junior catcher Logan Ice made it official with the Cleveland Indians on Friday, finalizing his contract with the Major League Baseball team.
Ice, the 2016 Pac-12 Conference defensive player of the year, was selected with the 72nd overall pick in last week’s MLB First-Year Player Draft. He agreed to a signing bonus of $850,000, just below the $892,000 assigned slot value for his draft spot.
MLB.com confirmed the signing.
The graduate of Rogers High in Puyallup, Washington, will report to Class A short-season Mahoning Valley on Saturday. The Scrappers play at 6,000-seat Eastwood Field in Niles, Ohio.
Ice is the third OSU player to ink a professional deal this month. Pitcher John Pomeroy (Pittsburgh) and infielder/outfielder Caleb Hamilton (Minnesota) have already signed deals. Shortstop Trever Morrison, a 12th-round selection by Milwaukee, has until July 15 to sign or return for his senior season.
Ice was a three-year starter for the Beavers, batting .250 as a freshman, .276 as a sophomore and .310 this season while leading the team in slugging percentage (.563), on-base percentage (.432) and walks (37). Ice was second on the team with seven home runs and 39 RBIs while striking out just 25 times in 174 at-bats.
The 5-foot-11, 191-pounder is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench award, given annually to the nation’s top college catcher.
Junior-to-be KJ Harrison has said he wants to be OSU’s catcher for the 2017 season. Harrison has primarily played first base for the Beavers.
Returnees Michael Gretler, Zak Taylor, Alex O'Rourke, and incoming freshman Adley Rutschman are also candidates to win the job.