Returning players include Jae Yun Kim and Steve Rodriguez behind the plate, 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 round, Texas A&M), Adam McConnell (29th round, Richmond), and Kevin Medrano (18th round, Missouri State). The outfielders from the 2012 draft are Shuan Cooper (12th round, Utah), Yogey Perez-Ramos (17th round, Miami Dade CC), and Danny Poma (10th round, 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, including 2012 signee Shuan Cooper out of the University of Utah.
The only international position players on the roster are returning Bears' players Jae Yun Kim (South Korea) and Henry 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 Bears' 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.