[T]he Cubs signed Venezuelan catcher Mark Malave and Venezuelan third baseman Ricardo Marcano, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. The players' bonuses are not yet known.
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Malave has a strong arm that may be his best tool. The switch-hitter isn't a lock to remain at catcher and not all scouts believe in his hitting ability. Marcano has one of the best left-handed swings available and could hit for average and power. He is an average runner who may have to move to left field, according to Badler.
We knew about Malave, but this is the first I'd heard about Marcano. A lefty who could hit for average and power sounds promising. Wonder if the Cubs have plans to try Malave as a pitcher. Last week the Cubs signed 16 year old Dominican SS Enrique Acosta.
Not sure how many additional IFA signings there are likely to be or how spread out they will be, but this thread could serve as a tracking thread if it gets rec'd enough. I would expect at least a few signings from Asia, and hopefully we can land a promising pitcher or two.