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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  • Check out John Arguello at Cubs Den for great analysis & photos from Cubs AZ Instructs

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    Arizona Phil 1 hour 51 min ago view
  • soler + hammel for mike trout is pretty much a sure thing. *nods*

    crunch 7 hours 8 min ago view
  • Not an inspired outing by Rondon. Seemingly got ahead of every hitter but had no swing and miss pitch today, slider had no bite.

    Somebody give Soler some smelling salts - yeesh

    Eric S 7 hours 9 min ago view
  • And...now that runner scores on a single...

    The E-Man 7 hours 21 min ago view
  • So where do you think Soler will be traded to this off season?

    jacos 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • And right on cue he throws to third with no chance to get runner on 2nd so the batter takes 2nd easily. How long has he been playing baseball??

    The E-Man 7 hours 22 min ago view
  • Man you cannot put Soler out there late in games for Playoffs. Yuch...

    The E-Man 7 hours 30 min ago view
  • Such is the life of a fatted calf...

    JoePepitone 7 hours 44 min ago view
  • fowler with a triple in the 4th...he's a HR away from a "natural" cycle

    crunch 8 hours 16 min ago view
  • ...and contreras takes one off the hand and he's in obvious pain. sigh.

    he's staying in the game, though he's wringing his hand out during breaks in the action. aside from that he seems to have no issue giving signs or tossing back to the pitcher.

    ...and he's batting in the cubs half of the following inning. sweet.

    crunch 8 hours 20 min ago view
  • his collapse started on august 21st this season...so it's a slight improvement.

    but wow, what a collapse since then...only 2 out of 7 can be considered good/decent.

    crunch 8 hours 32 min ago view
  • I'm really going to enjoy watching Hammel watch the playoffs.

    Jackstraw 8 hours 51 min ago view
  • The always combustible Jason Hammel

    jacos 9 hours 11 min ago view
  • Hammel :(

    Charlie 9 hours 13 min ago view
  • That was fun.

    Charlie 12 hours 12 min ago view
  • "home field advantage through the playoffs?"

    Except for the away games.

    VirginiaPhil 12 hours 25 min ago view