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Yakima Bears Announce 2012 Roster

The Arizona Diamondbacks have informed the Yakima Bears of the 15 position players and 15 pitchers who will be on the opening day roster in 2012.

Returning players from last season include catchers Jae Yun Kim and Steve Rodriguez, NWL All-Star infielder Jimmy Comerota, and outfielders Kerry Jenkins and Henry Zabala.

The highest draft pick coming to the Bears from the 2012 MLB draft is 5th rounder Ronnie Freeman, who is a catcher out of Kennesaw State. Other newly drafted players include infielders Mark Ginther (24th round, Oklahoma State), Jacob House (20th, Texas A&M), Adam McConnell (29th, Richmond), and Kevin Medrano (18th, Missouri State). The outfielders from the 2012 draft are Shuan Cooper (12th, Utah), Yogey Perez-Ramos (17th, Miami Dade CC), and Danny Poma (10th, Hofstra).

There are two players who will see their first stint in Yakima, but have been in the Diamondbacks system since being drafted a year ago. Shortstop Josh Parr started this season in South Bend of the Midwest League (A) after spending all of last season in Missoula of the Pioneer League (Rookie). The other player is outfielder Joe Loftus, who was drafted out of Vanderbilt last year, but did not play for a D-backs’ affiliate last summer.

Eight of the incoming position players are from the 2012 MLB draft, two are from the 2011 MLB draft, and three are non-drafted free agents.

The only international position players on the roster are returning Bears’ players Kim (South Korea) and Zabala (Dominican Republic).

In addition to the 15 players mentioned above, the Bears have been informed by the D-backs that catcher Zach Jones will start the season on the Bear’s disabled list. Last year Jones suffered a knee injury while playing for the Bears in his first professional season after a collision at home plate. That means the Bears have 30 active players and 31 total players on the roster for opening day. The roster includes 11 right-handed pitchers, four left-handed pitchers, three catchers, six infielders, six outfielders, and the injured Zach Jones.

The Yakima Bears begin the season June 15 in Eugene and will play at home for the first time on June 20. Season tickets, mini plans, and individual game tickets are on sale now at the downtown Bears office at 17 N. 3rd Street, Suite 101 and online at yakimabears.com.

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