9/14 Future Cubs

The Cubs’ Instructional League gets underway Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., which means several of the team’s Draft picks as well as some other Minor League prospects will get some extra work and playing time. They start playing games Sept. 23 in the Phoenix area, with the Cubs playing at their Fitch Park complex. Among the players scheduled to participate include No. 1 pick Javier Baez and Shawon Dunston Jr., son of the former Cubs shortstop.

Twelve of the Cubs’ first 16 Draft picks are expected to get a head start on their pro careers, including second-round pick Dan Vogelbach, a first baseman from Bishop Verot (Fla.) High School. Also expected to participate are infielder/outfielder Zeke DeVoss from Miami; right-hander pitcher Tony Zych of Louisville; right-handed pitcher Tayler Scott of Notre Dame (Ariz.) High School; catcher Neftali Rosario of Puerto Rico Academy High School; and outfielder Garrett Schlecht of Waterloo (Ill.) High School. Others on the list include infielder Daniel Lockhart of Hebron Christian Academy (Ga.); right-handed pitcher Dillon Maples of Pinecrest (N.C.) High School; catcher Justin Marra of Michael Power St. Joseph High School; catcher Rafael Lopez of Florida State University; and left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan of Texas.

– Carrie Muskat

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