Indians Ink Several Top Draft Picks in Benson, Ice, and Civale

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’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.

Name Pos B/T DOB Round Pick #
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

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