First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) Eligibility

An individual is eligible for selection in the First-Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) if the person has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract, and is either a resident of a U. S. state or territory or Canada, or is not a resident but was enrolled in a high school or college in a U. S. state or territory or Canada within the previous year, and...  

1. Has graduated from high school; or

2. High school athletic eligibility has expired; or

3. Dropped out of high school at least 365 days prior to the draft; or

4. Attended a junior college the previous school year; or

5. Is attending a four-year college and has completed at least junior year of athletic eligibility, or

6. Is attending a four-year college and is age 21 or older (or will turn 21 within 45 days of the draft); or

7. Is attending a four-year college and the school has no baseball program, or 

8. Was dismissed from a four-year college for academic reasons; or

9. Withdrew from a four-year college at least 120 days prior to the draft


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  • Dodgers with 3 in the 8th, 5 in the 9th, and they win that game.

    Mornington Crescent 1 hour 16 min ago view
  • Yeah... that was some very athletic stuff from Willson in the 9th. Impressive.

    I think Chapman and Wood both need 2 days off -- rosters expand, bring 'em up!

    Cubs now 41-15 in August in the Maddon era. That'll do. That will effing do.

    billybucks 2 hours 21 min ago view
  • 31 pitches, 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3 wild pitches later...the cubs win by 1.

    contreras snagged some other potential wild pitches in this chapman appearance.

    22 wins in august. woo.

    crunch 2 hours 49 min ago view
  • ...too...much...drama...

    c'mon chapman.

    crunch 2 hours 54 min ago view
  • Down on the farm:

    "Dealin'" Cease with another good outing for Eugene. Last 4 outings: 16IP, 1ER 29K. But, 10BB. Throw strikes, kid.

    Candelario is killing it at Iowa after struggling at AA: .320/.406/.941 in 241AB. At age 22. Where the heck to put him next year?

    UPDATE: Candy goes 3-5 tonight. Now hitting .325. Also, Almora 4-5, which is nice to see.

    billybucks 3 hours 33 min ago view
  • jacos 3 hours 55 min ago view
  • Happ and Jiminez to play in the AFL. Baseball is the best.

    billybucks 4 hours 5 min ago view
  • You magnificent Bastardo!

    jacos 4 hours 27 min ago view
  • Difference is LaStella sucks, and Chapman doesn't

    /,I need

    jacos 5 hours 21 min ago view
  • My guy Addy

    jacos 5 hours 27 min ago view
  • \m/

    jacos 5 hours 34 min ago view
  • he's attempting a comeback (or he's just very bored) and playing indie ball in the atlantic league...short-lived-cub brad snyder is also on his team.

    very boring numbers for a guy with his experience in indie ball, though not bad numbers...probably not enough to get him a minor league deal at his age (33)

    crunch 5 hours 35 min ago view
  • there goes heyward's gold glove win. bench him and bring up matt murton.

    crunch 5 hours 40 min ago view
  • felt like 36 for sure....

    Rob G. 5 hours 43 min ago view
  • Didn't LaHair hit 36 before the All Star Break? Then none after.

    John Beasley 5 hours 44 min ago view
  • @CarrieMuskat 41s41 seconds ago Bryant is 1st #Cubs player to top 35 HRs since Aramis Ramirez hit 38 in 2006

    surprised me, thought Soriano may have or Rizzo...maybe LaHair or Schierholtz too :)

    Rob G. 5 hours 52 min ago view