A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article here
about players selected by the Cubs in last June's Rule 4 draft who did not sign at the time, but who will be eligible to be signed up until ten days prior to the '07 June Draft, as long as their team is not involved in NCAA, NAIA, or NCJAA post-season play as of May 28th.
These players can be signed under the "Draft+ Follow" rule, and this is the last year for the D+F. (Starting with the 2007 draft, any player not signed by August 15th cannot be signed and goes back into the draft the following June).
Well, the Cubs have signed two "Draft+Follow" players
they had selected in last June's draft, and they are two of my top four
: 3B Jovan Rosa (Lake City CC) and RHP Jordan Latham (College of Southern Idaho).
Although he was just a 22nd round pick of the Cubs in June 2006, Rosa had an outstanding year at Lake City (he was conference player of the year) and was projected as a likely Top 5 Round pick in the upcoming June Draft, so signing him is a big deal.
The Cubs have also signed one "fifth year senior," pitcher William Muller (St. Thomas Aquinas College). A "fifth year senior" is any player not selected in the previous Rule 4 Draft who played four years of college ball, and who had redsirted sometime previously in his college career, either because of a transfer or an injury. These players can be signed anytime up until ten days prior to the June draft, as long as their college team's season is over. Last year, the Cubs signed five players as "fifth-year seniors," including Peoria closer Rocky Roquet
(nine saves and 0 runs allowed in 15 games and 18.2 IP so far in 2007).