Indians Ink Several Top Draft Picks in Benson, Ice, and Civale
Bob Toth | On 18, Jun 2016
Less than a week since the conclusion of Major League Baseball’s 2016 June Amateur Draft, the Cleveland Indians have come to terms with several selections, including three of their top four picks.
On Friday, the Indians announced the signing of Will Benson, their first round selection taken with the 14th overall pick, to a professional contract. A first baseman/outfielder who turned 18 on Thursday, Benson was in Cleveland on Friday for a physical. The 6’6”, 220 pound left-handed hitter out of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, hit .454 with a .566 on-base percentage, eleven doubles, eight homers, and 41 RBI during his senior season.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Indians, but reports early on Friday morning from MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo indicated he had agreed to a $2.5 million signing bonus. The expected slot value for the 14th pick is $2.97 million.
Cleveland also announced the signing of Lottery Round “B” pick, catcher Logan Ice. Taken with the 72nd pick overall during the competitive balance round between the second and third rounds of the draft, the 21-year-old Ice joins the Indians after finishing his third year at Oregon State University. He hit .310 in his final season with the Beavers, leading the team in walks, OBP, and slugging while finishing second on the squad in homers and RBI.
The signing of third round pick Aaron Civale was also announced by the club. He was Cleveland’s first selection on the second day of the draft and the first pitcher selected by the club. The right-hander, who turned 21 on Sunday, was the 92nd pick overall.
The Indians also formally announced the signing of their tenth round pick, infielder Samad Taylor (pick 302), on Friday. Ninth round pick, outfielder Hosea Nelson (pick 272), signed on Thursday, while the formal additions of 14th round outfielder Mitch Longo (pick 422) and 23rd round pitcher Michael Letkewicz (pick 692) were both officially announced on Wednesday.
Longo and Letkewicz have been assigned to the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers, who started their summer schedule on Friday night.
Below is the full list of the Indians selections in the 2016 draft. Players in bold have been officially or reportedly signed by the club.
|Will Benson||OF||L / L||6/16/1998||1||14|
|Nolan Jones||3B||L / R||5/7/1998||2||55|
|Logan Ice||C||S / R||5/27/1995||CBB||72|
|Aaron Civale||P||R / R||6/12/1995||3||92|
|Shane Bieber||P||R / R||5/31/1995||4||122|
|Conner Capel||OF||L / L||5/19/1997||5||152|
|Ulysses Cantu||3B||R / R||5/1/1998||6||182|
|Michael Tinsley||C||L / R||5/10/1995||7||212|
|Andrew Lantrip||P||R / R||5/11/1995||8||242|
|Hosea Nelson||OF||L / L||11/22/1996||9||272|
|Samad Taylor||2B||S / R||7/11/1998||10||302|
|Andrew Calica||OF||S / R||3/5/1994||11||332|
|Zach Plesac||P||R / R||1/21/1995||12||362|
|Gavin Collins||C||R / R||7/17/1995||13||392|
|Mitch Longo||OF||L / R||1/12/1995||14||422|
|Zack Smith||C||L / R||11/14/1997||15||452|
|Ben Krauth||P||L / L||3/10/1994||16||482|
|Trenton Brooks||OF||L / L||7/3/1995||17||512|
|Raymond Burgos||P||L / L||11/29/1998||18||542|
|Dakody Clemmer||P||R / R||1/19/1996||19||572|
|Ben Baird||SS||R / R||1/7/1998||20||602|
|Wil Crowe||P||R / R||9/9/1994||21||632|
|Mason Studstill||P||R / R||8/22/1997||22||662|
|Michael Letkewicz||P||R / R||1/31/1994||23||692|
|Skylar Arias||P||L / L||6/30/1997||24||722|
|Jonathan Laureno||3B||R / R||12/21/1995||25||752|
|Tanner Tully||P||L / L||11/30/1994||26||782|
|Nelson Alvarez||P||R / R||6/11/1998||27||812|
|Jamal Rutledge||SS||R / R||11/22/1995||28||842|
|Spencer Steer||3B||R / R||12/7/1997||29||872|
|Ryder Ryan||P||R / R||5/11/1995||30||902|
|Chris Farish||P||R / R||8/5/1994||31||932|
|Kramer Robertson||2B||R / R||9/20/1994||32||962|
|Blake Sabol||C||L / R||1/7/1998||33||992|
|Austin Shenton||1B||L / R||1/22/1998||34||1022|
|Armani Smith||OF||R / R||7/19/1998||35||1052|
|Andrew Baker||P||L / L||3/11/1998||36||1082|
|Michael Amditis||C||R / R||8/14/1997||37||1112|
|Jacob DeVries||P||L / L||2/27/1995||38||1142|
|Pedro Alfonseca||CF||R / R||9/4/1997||39||1172|
|Dan Sinatro||SS||R / R||9/18/1997||40||1202|
Photo: AP Photo/Julio Cortez