Oregon State Baseball’s 8-man draft class leaves for MLB: Wade Meckler, Gavin Logan and Jake Pfennigs sign pro contracts

Eight up, eight down.

Oregon State’s last three holdouts in the 2022 MLB Draft signed professional contracts before the Aug. 1 deadline, meaning the eight players in the deepest draft class in history of the school will leave Corvallis.

Wade Meckler, Gavin Logan and Jake Pfennigs signed with the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics respectively, marking the start of their professional careers.

The Giants selected Meckler with the 30th pick of the eighth round, drafting one of Corvallis’ most inspirational and respected players. Meckler arrived at Oregon State as a freshly drafted extra and was twice cut from the roster before working his way into everyday training and ultimately becoming a well-known star. loved.

A player his teammates have called the “heart and soul” of the Beavers, Meckler hit .347 with 23 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 32 RBIs last season when he was a No. the first team All-Pac-12.

The Diamondbacks drafted Logan with the second ninth-round pick after a stellar season as the Beavers’ starting catcher. He batted .281 with 12 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 36 RBIs at the plate and had just one error of 406 chances behind him, finishing with a .998 field percentage. The strong season earned Logan an All-Pac-12 first-team selection.

Pfennigs, meanwhile, was selected by the Athletics with the 18th pick of the 13th round. A 6-foot-7 right-hander with more stuff, Pfennigs went 12-4 with 116 strikeouts and a 3.75 ERA in four seasons with the Beavers, including 4-1 with a 3.96 ERA in 36 1/3 sleeves last season.

He’s been limited by minor injuries each of the last two years – he missed nearly two months last season with a strained muscle in his shoulder – but he still served a valuable role as a weekend starter. .

Meckler, Logan and Pfennigs join Cooper Hjerpe (St. Louis Cardinals), Jacob Melton (Houston Astros), Justin Boyd (Cincinnati Reds), Will Frisch (Chicago Cubs) and DJ Carpenter (Cardinals) as Oregon State players to sign contracts with MLB teams this month.

The eight-player draft class was the largest for Oregon State over 20 draft rounds and tied for second most in all drafts in school history.

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