According to a report from Baseball America, the Cubs agreed to terms with two more international prospects, catcher Mark Malava and third baseman Ricardo Marcano. Terms of the deals have not been released.
The Cubs have agreed to terms on three of the top International prospects since the free agent signing period began on July 2. Enrique Acosta agreed to terms on a $1.1 million signing bonus on July 2. Mark Malave, from Venezuela, is a 16-year old switch-hitting catcher with a strong arm according to Baseball America. The Cubs were rumored to have a lot of interest in him prior to July 2. Malave is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds and “stands out for his left-handed swing” and may end up in the outfield.
Ricardo Marcano, also 16 year old and from Venezuela, is 6-foot-2, 180-pound left handed hitting third baseman (throws right) and according to Baseball America “he has one of the better left-handed swings on the market.” Marcano’s body and swing have reminded some of Victor Martinez.
From Baseball America, “Whether he remains in the infield remains to be seen. An average runner, Marcano will need work on defense, as his hands and feet aren’t ideal for third base. His arm also isn’t strong, though it could improve. Some scouts have looked at his body and thought about him behind the plate, though he could also end up in left field.”