OSU baseball: Fry signs with White Sox

OSU baseball: Fry signs with White Sox

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Jace Fry won’t be back for his senior baseball season at Oregon State after signing with the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.

Fry, who was named the Pac-12 Conference’s pitcher of the year for this past season, was drafted in the third round — 77th overall — last week by the White Sox.

Jim Callis of MLB.com reported on Twitter that Fry agreed to an above-slot bonus of $760,000.

Fry was also named a first-team all-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and was a second-team all-American by Baseball America on Wednesday.

OSU teammates Ben Wetzler and Michael Conforto were also honored on Wednesday as they were named first-team all-Americans by both NCBWA and Baseball America.

It’s the first time since 2005 (Dallas Buck and Jacoby Ellsbury) that the Beavers have had multiple first-team selections by different players and the first time that they’ve had three in the same season.

Conforto is the first Oregon State player to earn all-America honors in three different seasons, and he’s also the first Beaver to be named first team in different years since Jay Dean in 1954 and 1955.

Conforto and Wetzler are both finalists for the Dick Howser Award, which is given annually to the nation’s top player. That will be announced Saturday.

Conforto is also one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which will be announced in mid-July.

Wetzler and Fry are also finalists for the national pitcher of the year honor by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

On Wednesday, Wetzler signed with the Miami Marlins, who drafted him in the ninth round last week.

He is expected to report to the Marlins’ spring training site in Jupiter, Florida, on Monday.

Wetzler told The Oregonian that he agreed to a $30,500 signing bonus with the Marlins.

Andy Peterson, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariers in the 27th round, announced on Twitter Thursday night he has signed.

The Beavers will lose at least two signees to professional baseball.

According to The Oregonian, Putnam High’s Trace Loehr will sign with the Oakland Athletics.

The paper said Loehr will play for the rookie league AZL Athletics this weekend.

Loehr was selected in the sixth round (192nd overall).

Grant Heyman, who played last at Southern Nevada, has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Heyman was an eighth-round draft pick (240th overall).

“I couldn’t be more excited to start my pro career,” Heyman said. “It’s been my dream ever since I was a kid.”

Conforto, who was drafted 10th overall by the New York Mets, and Dylan Davis, who was selected in the third round by the San Francisco Giants, have yet to sign.

Both could decide to return to Oregon State and compete in their senior seasons, but that is highly unlikely.

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