Updated Cubs Post-2015 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Eligibles

Here is an updated list of Cubs post-2015 & MLB Rule 55 eligibles. (There are no Cubs minor league players eligible to be a post-2015 Article XX-D minor league free-agent at this time). 

It is not an oversight that players like LHP Hunter Cervenka, OF Pin-Chieh Chen, C Willson Conteras, RHP Felix Pena, and RHP Starling Peralta (plus a couple of dozen more) are not on the list of Cubs 2015 Rule 5 Draft eligibles. A player who is eligible to be a minor league free-agent post-2015 is eligible for selection in the December 2015 Rule 5 Draft only if the player signs a 2016 minor league contract or agrees to a minor league successor contract prior to the Rule 5 Draft (see full list of Cubs post-2015 MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent eligibles below), and any player eligible to be a minor league FA can't sign a minor league successor contract for the next season until after the conclusion of the current minor league season. 


CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN DECEMBER 2015 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 5-23-2015):
Roney Alcala, INF
Gioskar Amaya, INF-C
John Andreoli, OF
Pedro Araujo, RHP
Jeffrey Baez, OF
Corey Black, RHP
David Bote, INF
Matt Brazis, RHP
Stephen Bruno, INF 
Jeimer Candelario, INF
Ben Carhart, INF
Francisco Carrillo, RHP 
Erick Castillo, C
Zach Cates, RHP
Gerardo Concepcion, LHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Josh Conway, RHP
Blake Cooper, RHP
Varonex Cuevas, INF
Taylor Davis, C
Andin Diaz, LHP
Shawon Dunston Jr, OF
Kevin Encarnacion, OF
P. J. Francescon, RHP
Anthony Giansanti, OF
Michael Heesch, LHP
Michael Jensen, RHP
Pierce Johnson, RHP
Danny Lockhart, INF
Barret Loux, RHP
Mark Malave, RHP (ex-C)
Dillon Maples, RHP
Ricardo Marcano, OF
Justin Marra, C
Trey Martin, OF
Jonathan Martinez, RHP
Alberto Mineo, C
Yomar Morel, RHP
Yoanner Negrin, RHP
Ariel Ovando, LHP (ex-OF)
Juan Carlos Paniagua, RHP 
Jose Paulino, LHP 
Carlos Penalver, INF
Hector Perez, RHP
Chris Pieters, LHP
Ivan Pineyro, RHP
James Pugliese, RHP 
Bijan Rademacher, OF
Jasvir Rakkar, RHP
Austin Reed, RHP
Donn Roach, RHP  (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Jacob Rogers, 1B
Alexander Santana, RHP 
Tayler Scott, RHP
Rubi Silva, OF
Elliot Soto, INF
Daury Torrez, RHP
Dan Vogelbach, 1B

Additionally, any player eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 Six-Year Minor League Free-Agent (6YFA) post-2015 who signs a 2016 minor league contract or agrees to a 2016 minor league successor contract prior to the December 2015 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection.

Also, any player eligible to be a Rule 55 Second Contract Minor League Free-Agent who signs a 2016 minor league contract prior to the December 2015 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection if the player was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 5th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract, or the player was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract and it is at least the 4th Rule 5 Draft since he signed his first contract.  

MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT POST-2015

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FA 

Jeffry Antigua, LHP
Daniel Bard, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Frank Batista, RHP
Drake Britton, LHP  (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)  
Marcelo Carreno, RHP
Anthony Carter, RHP
Hunter Cervenka, LHP
Adron Chambers, OF (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Pin-Chieh Chen, OF
Willson Contreras, C
Fernando Cruz, RHP 
Wes Darvill, INF
Ryan Dent, INF
Jae-Hoon Ha, RHP (ex-OF) 
Trey McNutt, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Jonathon Mota, INF
Joe Ortiz, LHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Blake Parker, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Felipe Paulino, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Starling Peralta, RHP (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs)
Felix Pena, RHP
Carlos Pimentel, RHP 
Jose Rosario, RHP
Andres Santiago, RHP 
Daniel Schlereth, LHP   
Taylor Teagarden, C (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Chris Valaika, INF (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 
Logan Watkins, INF (Article XX-D player - can elect free-agency if drafted & then later re-claimed by Cubs) 

SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA 
Roberto Vahlis, C (previously released by TOR)
NOTE: RHP Jesus Arias (previously released by CLE) and RHP Jesus Camargo (first contract not renewed by DRM) are eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT post-2015, but they are not be eligible for selection in December 2015 Rule 5 Draft.

 

Comments

As things stand right now, of the Cubs minor leaguers eligble to be a post-2015 MLB Rule 55 minor league FA or eligible for selection in the December 2015 MLB Rule 5 Draft, I would say the five most-likely to get added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster post-2015 are (in this order): 

1. Dan Vogelbach
2. Pierce Johnson
3. Corey Black
4. Willson Contreras  
5. Ivan Pineyro

 

Headline on mlb.com: "Cubs see own future in Nationals" Agree? Disagree? One difference I see, and this is by design I would think, is the Nationals seem to be more willing to go after top pitching while the Cubs prefer to find top talented, disciplined hitters and fix up pitchers that others have given up.

You're right currently, but I expect they will sign one of the big 4 FA pitchers this offseason (Price, Zimmerman, Greinke, Cueto) /hi Jeff!

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  • Hagsag 2 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Explain how Lobaton is on this team?

     

  • Jackstraw 11 hours 39 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have looked pretty April for the last week.

     

  • George Altman 13 hours 8 min ago (view)

    I'm pretty sure I've seen enough of Arrieta and Davies to last me the rest of the summer. 

     

  • crunch 15 hours 44 min ago (view)

    e.sogard pitching...the highlight of the last 2 games, easy...

    3 popouts...threw mid/high 60s batting practice lobs with some sink

    he's scoreless through 2ip in his career.  david ross career pitching comps...

     

  • crunch 16 hours 41 min ago (view)

    same...only it's coffee...which isn't helping.  yesterday's trash game got a sequel.

     

  • crunch 16 hours 43 min ago (view)

    yeah...we can go ahead and send cory abbott back down...

     

  • crunch 16 hours 53 min ago (view)

    hopefully the cubs can work out an extension for jason heyward to keep him around til then.

     

  • Hagsag 16 hours 54 min ago (view)

    This game is making me drink a lot.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 17 hours 5 min ago (view)

    Just wait til the 2030 season, those kids will be entering their prime then. Look out NL Central!

     

  • crunch 18 hours 10 min ago (view)

    im starting to think spending 12.6m of payroll on davies/arrietta while trading darvish away for davies and a slew of kids that dont even make the cubs top 10 prospect list wasn't a good idea.

    oh yeah, cubs gave SD money in that deal, too...that's even better.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have purchased the contract of RHP Justin Shafer (ex-MIA) from Kansas City (American Association) and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    he -really- needs to cue into this is a cubs broadcast and not a national/neutral broadcast.

    dude...don't get excited about marlins 3-run homers.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    lot of people wanted him when len left.  he's got a long game calling history, but not too much for baseball.  he did host "baseball tonight" for ESPN for a quite a while, so the game isn't a mystery to him.

    i find him a bit boring/dry.  some people like that he has that oldschool "announcer voice" thing going on.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    He's uhhh.. not very good at it. Glad he wasn't the hire for the main role.

     

  • crunch 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    wow...chris myers calling the cubs game for some reason (boog out for the MIA series).

    he is a marquee talent, but he's not been used to call a game as far as i know.

    also, zach davies looks like a kid in pajamas in those dark blue "wrigleyville" uniforms.

     

  • crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)

    t.williams threw a 25 pitch pen thursday