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Rogers grad Logan Ice keeps cool, is No. 72 pick by Cleveland Indians in MLB draft

Oregon State catcher Logan Ice congratulates pitcher Scott Schultz, left, after after the team defeated UC Irvine in an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, June 1, 2014.
Oregon State catcher Logan Ice congratulates pitcher Scott Schultz, left, after after the team defeated UC Irvine in an NCAA college baseball regional tournament game in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, June 1, 2014. AP

Yeah, Logan Ice has a cool name.

And Thursday he had to keep his cool. As names rolled off the board, Ice’s was finally called with six picks remaining on the first day of the MLB draft at No. 72 overall by the Cleveland Indians in the Competitive Balance B round, preventing him from having to wait until Friday or Saturday to be selected.

The Oregon State junior catcher was bent on the big leagues entering the draft. Ice, a switch hitter heralded for his defensive abilities, entered the day as the No. 65 overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America.

The assigned slot money for the No. 72 pick is $892,200, according to MLB.com. He has until July 15 to sign or return for his senior year of college.

"What really stands out about Logan is his defensive ability," Brad Grant, the Indians’ director of amateur scouting, told reporters. "He's advanced framer (of pitches) and an advanced defender behind the plate. And he put together a very good offensive year."

Ice is one of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation’s best collegiate catcher. He is the first Oregon State player to earn the Pac-12’s Defensive Player of the Year in 10 years (when the conference was still the Pac-10).

Some notable Johnny Bench Award winners of recent — Tacoma Rainiers catcher Mike Zunino earned it in 2012, his junior year at Florida, and Florida State’s Buster Posey (now with the San Francisco Giants) got it in 2008. USC’s Garrett Stubbs earned it last year.

This makes Puyallup represented in two consecutive professional drafts.

Puyallup High School graduate Josh Garnett was the 28th overall pick in the first round by the San Francisco 49ers in April’s NFL draft as an offensive lineman out of Stanford. Now Rogers’ Ice in the MLB draft.

The NBA draft is June 23 … though it’s pretty unlikely Puyallup continues the streak.

Ice hit .310 this season for the Beavers and led the team in hits (65), triples (5) and slugging percentage (.563). That after hitting .250 as a freshman and .276 in 2015.

Ice threw out 44 percent of base stealers and allowed one passed ball all season, starting 49 of 54 games.

Other athletes from the South Sound still on the board: Outfielder and first baseman Christian Jones of Federal Way (a UW signee ranked No. 140 overall by Baseball America); Fife graduate and Seattle University third baseman Brock Carpenter (ranked No. 361), Gig Harbor outfielder Michael Toglia (a UCLA signee ranked No. 434); Kentwood right-handed pitcher Jordan Jones (UW signee ranked No. 440); Gonzaga first baseman Taylor Jones (a Kentwood grad who was a 35th-round draft pick last year and is the older brother of Jordan Jones); and Rogers outfielder Troy Johnston (a Gonzaga signee).

The draft continues at 10 a.m. Friday with rounds 3-10, followed by rounds 11-40 at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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