Oregon catcher Ray Soderman will skip his senior season and one of his possible replacements will also turn pro.
Soderman signed last week with Atlanta, which drafted him in the 22nd round. The Braves have assigned him to begin his pro career at Class A Danville.
Soderman joined the Ducks after two seasons at junior college and started 48 games in his lone season with the team. He batted .225 with a homer and 17 RBIs as a junior.
Soderman became the fourth and final UO player picked in the Major League Baseball draft to sign a pro contract. Soderman and pitchers Matt Mercer and Parker Kelly, who signed with Arizona and St. Louis, respectively, will all skip their final season with the team.
Senior Kyle Kasser signed with Kansas City after being drafted in the 30th round.
Cameron Barstad, the highest-drafted Oregon recruit who was taken in the sixth round, signed with Miami rather than joining the Ducks. He received a signing bonus of $300,000, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com.
“Solid arm, power potential, might have gone higher if he hadn’t fractured his wrist,” Callis tweeted.
Barstad was selected with the 177th overall pick which has a slot value of $268,900, but he negotiated a larger deal with the Marlins to keep him from attending Oregon.
The loss of Soderman and Barstad leaves the Ducks short of depth at catcher next season.
Junior catcher Braden Stutzman has started 21 games while batting .167 in two seasons with the Ducks. Cameron Campbell joined the Ducks out of junior college last season but sat out a redshirt season due to injury and has two years of eligibility remaining.
Outfielder Jakob Goldfarb also got some work at catcher as a junior and could be an option there for the Ducks.
Oregon will add freshmen catchers Heath Pickhardt of Crook County High School and James Bell of Fresno, Calif. in the fall.