Minor League Contracts & Roster Rules

MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS & ROSTER RULES 

1. A free-agent with prior MLB and/or minor league service who signs a minor league contract must be added to a minor league reserve list when he is added to a minor league club's Active List or when the contract is filed with the MLB Commissioner (whichever comes first). Contracts must be filed with the MLB Commissioner within 20 days of signing.

2. A player must be added to a minor league reserve list immediately if the player is sent outright to the minors, is acquired in a trade, or is selected in the AAA Phase of the MLB Rule 5 Draft.

3. A player who was eligible for selection in the First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) who signs a minor league contract after being selected in the Rule 4 Draft or as a Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA) and who is not "Signed for Future Service" must be added to a minor league club's Active List within 15 days or when he plays in his first game (whichever comes first). The player cannot be released until he spends at least 15 days on a minor league active list or receives a (minimum) 15-day trial in Spring Training.

4. A player on a minor league reserve list cannot be added to an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster), traded to another organization, or transferred from one minor league reserve list to another within the same organization, starting with the filing of MLB & minor league reserve lists on November 20th up through the conclusion of the Rule 5 Draft.

5. With the approval of the MLB Commissioner, a club may assign (loan) a player signed to a minor league contract to the Active List of a minor league club in another organization or to a club in the Mexican League. However, the player must be returned no later than September 30th.

6. With the consent of the player and the club, a player who has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract may be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a minor league contract after July 1st and is not placed on a minor league club's Active List, Injured List, Temporarily Inactive List, or Military List  prior to the conclusion of the Minor League season. (Attendance at a post-season Instructional League and/or participation in Instructional League games do not count).

7. An international player who has not previously signed an MLB or minor league contract MUST be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a minor league contract after July 1st and the player does not turn 17 before September 1st or until after the conclusion of the regular season of the minor league club to which the player is assigned (whichever is later).

8. A player who is "Signed for Future Service" does not count against a minor league club's Active List or Reserve List until Opening Day of the following season.

9. A player who is "Signed for Future Service" cannot be released until he receives a 15-day trial in Spring Training.

10. An MLB player who was sent outright to a minor league club during the previous season or after the conclusion of the previous season cannot be tendered a minor league contract for the following season with a salary less than 80% of his previous season's salary (what he was actually paid that season).

11. If an unsigned MLB player is outrighted to a minor league club after the conclusion of the MLB regular season and then is not tendered a minor league contract by January 15th, the player is a free-agent.

12. If a minor league player under club control (a minor league "auto-renewal" player) is not tendered a salary addendum by March 15th, the player is a free-agent.

13. An MLB club can automatically renew a minor league player's contract no more than six times, so a club can unilaterally control a minor league player (that is, a player not on an MLB 40-man roster) for no more than seven minor league seasons. For purposes of determining eligibility to be a free-agent, a player does not accrue a minor league season if the player spends the entire season on an MLB Active List, MLB Disabled List(s), and/or other MLB inactive list, or if the player spends an entire season on the Restricted List, Disqualified List, Suspended List, Ineligible List, Voluntarily Retired List, and/or Military List. Also, participation in a post-season instructional league, the Arizona Fall League, and/or international winter league(s) do not count toward a minor league season.

 

MINOR LEAGUE SERVICE TIME & ROSTER LIMITS

For the purpose of determining minor league roster limits & restrictions, a minor league player accrues a year of "service time" for every season in which the player spends at least 30 days on an MLB and/or minor league active list and/or injured list, unless the player spent the entire season on the Injured List.

1. Service time accrued by a player while assigned to a club or clubs in the Dominican Summer League (DSL) and/or Venezuelan Summer League (VSL) does not count when determining minor league roster limits and restrictions for minor league clubs in non-foreign affilated leagues.

2. A position player making a position change to pitcher or a pitcher making a position change to position player receives a one-year exemption from minor league service time restrictions. However, a position player being converted to a pitcher may not be used as a position player in a minor league game during the exempt year, and a pitcher being converted to a position player may not be used as a pitcher in a minor league game during the exempt year.

3. A player on a minor league "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment does not count against the Active List or Reserve List of the affiliate to which he is assigned.

4. A maximum of three players on a minor league Injured List, Restricted List, and/or Miltary List may be assigned on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment to any one minor league affiliate at any one time, but there is no limit to the number of players who can be on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning assignment" with the organization's Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional League squads. There is also no limit on the number of players on an MLB Injured List, Restricted List, and/or Military List who can be assigned on a "rehabilitation" or "conditioning" assignment to any one minor league affiliate at any one time.

 

CUBS MINOR LEAGUE AFFILIATES

SS = Short Season League
R = Rookie League 
FR = Foreign Rookie League


IOWA (AAA)

ROSTER LIMITS: 38 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST)
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: NONE

TENNESSEE (AA):
ROSTER LIMITS: 37 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: NONE

MYRTLE BEACH (Hi-A):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum two players and one player-coach with six or more years of service time (not including DSL/VSL service time)

SOUTH BEND (Lo-A): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 25 players (ACTIVE LIST) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Maximum two players with five or more years of service time (not including DSL/VSL service time)

EUGENE (SS-A): 
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 25 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, maximum three players with four or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

AZL CUBS #1 (SS-R):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

AZL CUBS #2 (SS-R):
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers) 
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: Beginning on July 1st, no players with three or more years of service time (VSL/DSL service time excluded)

DSL CUBS #1 (SS-FR): 
ROSTER RESTRICTIONS: International players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico)
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - no more than 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers);
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with four or more years of service time (including DSL/VSL service time) 

DSL CUBS #2 (SS-FR):
ROSTER RESTRICTIONS: International players only (maximum two players from Puerto Rico)
ROSTER LIMITS: 35 players (RESERVE LIST) - 35 players (ACTIVE LIST) - no more than 30 players designated "ACTIVE" for each game (ten must be pitchers)
SERVICE TIME LIMITS: No players with four or more years of service time (including DSL/VSL service time)


There is no Active List roster limit for the Cubs Extended Spring Training and post-season Instructional Leagues ("instructs") squads.

Each MLB club must have a current working agreement with each of its minor league affiliates not owned outright by the club. The agreement is called a "Player Development Contract" (or "PDC"). The PDCs between the Cubs and their Iowa, Tennessee, Myrtle Beach, South Bend, and Eugene affiliates expire after the 2022 season. (The Cubs own their AZL Cubs #1, AZL Cubs #2, DSL Cubs #1, and DSL Cubs #2 affiliates, so there is no PDC between the Cubs and those four clubs).

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CUBS MINOR LEAGUE ROSTERS (last updated 2-8-2019):

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Player on Optional Assignment to minors from MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) is in gold italics
Player on MLB DL who is on an MLB Article XIX-C Minor League Rehab Assignment is in red italics
Minor League player on Rehab Assignment with a short-season club is in green
Players "Signed for Future Service" (2019 contract) and "Roster Status Pending" are in orange  


IOWA: 37

AAA

PITCHERS: 22 
* Alberto Baldonado
Christian Bergman 
Corey Black 
Craig Brooks 
Matt Carasiti 
* Ian Clarkin 
Trevor Clifton
* Danny Hultzen
George Kontos 
* Conor Lillis-White
* Luis Lugo
Brad Markey
Carlos Ramirez
Colin Rea
Rob Scahill
Jake Stinnett 
Junichi Tazawa 
Alexander Vargas
* Jerry Vasto
Allen Webster 
* Mike Zagurski 
* Rob Zastryzny 

CATCHERS: 3
* Francisco Arcia 
Rafelin Lorenzo
Jhonny Pereda 

INFIELDERS: 5 
# Cristhian Adames 
Ryan Court 
Phillip Evans 
* Vimael Machin
Chesny Young 

OUTFIELDERS: 7
* Jim Adduci
*Zach Borenstein
Charcer Burks
Jose Cardona
Johnny Field
* Jacob Hannemann
* Evan Marzilli


TENNESSEE: 32

AA

PITCHERS: 14
Casey Bloomquist 
* James Buckelew
Enrique de los Rios
Scott Effross 
Dalton Geekie 
* Luke Hagerty 
Zach Hedges 
* Ryan Kellogg
Erick Leal
* Jordan Minch
* Ruben Reyes (ex-OF)
* Manuel Rondon
Jose Rosario
Ryan Williams

CATCHERS: 5 
Erick Castillo
P. J. Higgins 
Tyler Payne 
Will Remillard
Ian Rice

INFIELDERS: 7 
Tyler Alamo
Gioskar Amaya 
Wladimir Galindo 
# Robel Garcia
Jesse Hodges
# Yeiler Peguero 
Franklin Tineo  

OUTFIELDERS: 6 
* Luis Ayala
Yasiel Balaguert
Wynton Bernard
# Roberto Caro 
Kevonte Mitchell
* Chris Pieters


MYRTLE BEACH: 32

Hi-A

PITCHERS: 19
Cory Abbott
Bailey Clark 
Tom Hatch 
Chad Hockin 
* Bryan Hudson 
Garrett Kelly    
Alex Lange 
* Ryan Lawlor
Dakota Mekkes 
Mario Meza
Tyson Miller 
Tommy Nance
Tyler Peyton
Duncan Robinson 
Michael Rucker
* Wyatt Short
Matt Swarmer
Keegan Thompson 
Erich Uelmen 

CATCHERS: 2
* Michael Cruz
Marcus Mastrobuoni 

INFIELDERS: 7
* Aramis Ademan
* Christian Donahue
Trent Giambrone 
Rafael Narea 
* Carlos Sepulveda
Zack Short 
* Jared Young

OUTFIELDERS: 4
# Zach Davis
Eddy Julio Martinez 
Connor Myers 
* D. J. Wilson 


SOUTH BEND: 33

Lo-A

PITCHERS
: 19
Luis Aquino
Javier Assad 
* Andres Bonalde
Jesus Camargo 
Emilio Ferrebus
Brian Glowicki 
Ben Hecht 
Brendan King
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
Ivan Medina
M. T. Minacci
Erling Moreno
* Pablo Ochoa
* Eugenio Palma
Jeffrey Passantino
Eury Ramos
Manuel Rodriguez 
Jake Steffens

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Eric Gonzalez

INFIELDERS: 7
Cam Balego 
Jhonny Bethencourt 
Clayton Daniel 
Austin Filiere
Nico Hoerner 
* Austin Upshaw
Delvin Zinn

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Chris Carrier 
# Jose Gutierrez
Jimmy Herron
# Brandon Hughes
Chris Singleton 


EUGENE: 32 

SS-A

PITCHERS
: 17 
Maikel Aguiar
Jose Albertos
Sean Barry
* Faustino Carrera
Derek Casey 
Fauris Guerrero
Riley McCauley 
Zach Mort 
Peyton Remy
Paul Richan
Stephen Ridings
Ethan Roberts 
Casey Ryan
Cam Sanders 
Mitch Stophel
Nathan Sweeney
Riley Tompson 

CATCHERS: 4
Alexander Guerra
Benny Kaleiwahea
Caleb Knight  
Gustavo Polanco

INFIELDERS: 7
Grant Fennell
Levi Jordan
# Yonathan Perlaza
* Luke Reynolds 
Jake Slaughter
Luis Vazquez
* Andy Weber

OUTFIELDERS: 4
* D. J. Artis
Fernando Kelli
* Jonathan Sierra
Nelson Velazquez


AZL CUBS #1: 30+2

SS-R

PITCHERS: 14+1 
Yovanny Cruz
Jeremiah Estrada 
Chi-Feng Lee
Braxton Light (RESTRICTED LIST - 50 game Prohibited Substance suspension 8-22-2018)
Brady Miller
Carlos Ocampo
Raidel Orta
* Jack Patterson
Yunior Perez 
Jake Reindl
Robert Robbins 
Niels Stone
Jesus Tejada
* Didier Vargas
Carlos Vega

CATCHERS: 3
Daniel Diaz
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
* Jonathan Soto

INFIELDERS: 6
* Tyler Durna
# Josue Huma
Rafael Mejia
Christopher Morel
Henrry Pedra 
Herson Perez  

OUTFIELDERS: 7+1
* Edmond Americaan
Yovanny Cuevas
Jamie Galazin
Dalton Hurd
* Kwangmin Kwon
Kevin Moreno
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Abraham Rodriguez (RESTRICTED LIST)

 

AZL CUBS #2: 27 

SS-R

PITCHERS: 14 
* Chris Allen 
* Jonathan Bruzual
Fernando Calderon
Alfredo Colorado 
Danis Correa 
* Riger Fernandez
Kohl Franklin
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Elias Herrera 
Eduarniel Nunez
* Josh Sawyer
* Luis Silva
Omar Ventura
Blake Whitney

CATCHERS: 3
Richard Nunez
Raymond Pena
Henderson Perez

INFIELDERS: 6
Luis Diaz
# Reivaj Garcia 
# Fidel Mejia
Miguel Pabon
Luis Verdugo
Kevin Zamudio

OUTFIELDERS
: 4
Brennan Davis 
Jose Alonso Gaitan
Carlos Pacheco
* Cole Roederer

DSL CUBS #1: 32+12

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 14+7
* Alejandro Carrillo   
Wilfre Delgado
Moises Diaz
Richard Gallardo (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
Edmar Gonzalez
Darling Grullon (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Julio Guante
* Ferrol Heredia
Manuel Heredia (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Andy Hernandez
Gabriel Jaramillo  
* Joel Machado (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)  
Hector Matos (RESTRICTED LIST)   
Yander Montero (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Carlos Paula 
Luis Ramos
Jorge Remon  
Benjamin Rodriguez
* Luis Rodriguez  
Alberto Sojo 
* Saul Vazquez (RESTRICTED LIST - 72-game PED suspension 7-20-2018) 

CATCHERS
: 3
Efren Aular
Brayan Mancilla
Malcom Quintero

INFIELDERS: 8+2 
Augusto Acevedo
# Flemin Bautista
# Santiago Blanco 
Edwin Castillo (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
* Rochest Cruz
* Ervis Marchan
Juan Mora
Rafael Morel (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Fabian Pertuz
Oswaldo Pina 

OUTFIELDERS: 7+3
# Ezequiel Alavado 
Samuel Duarte
# Josue Fernandez
Orlando Guzman (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)
# Albert Hinirio
* Jose Lopez (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE)   
* Yohendrick Pinango (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE
Jonathan Rodriguez
* Marco Valenzuela
* Ricardo Verenzuela


DSL CUBS #2
: 34

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 16
Keiber Arredondo 
Donato Auguste 
Willy Cabrera  
Keiber Carreno
Luis Devers
Manuel Espinoza 
Kelvin Feliz   
Francisco Fermin 
* Miseal Garcia  
* Jesus Gomez
Jose Gomez  
Francisco Gracia
* Johan Lopez
Luis Marte
* Anderson Parra
Edward Vasquez

CATCHERS: 4
Pablo Aliendo
Miller Chacon 
Miguel Fabrizio
Juan Vasquez

INFIELDERS: 9
Jeinser Brete
Christhian Espinal
Nestor Heredia
Widimer Joaquin  
# Pedro Martinez
Ignacio Otano
Lizardo Ruiz
# Ronny Simon 
* Orlando Zapata 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Rafael Herrera
* Kelvin Hidalgo  
* Kevin Miranda  
Carlos Morfa   
* Brailin Pena   


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CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF (updated 1-9-2019)
FIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATORS: Mike Mason and Carlos Chantres 
HITTING COORDINATOR: Chris Valaika
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
CATCHING COORDINATOR: VACANT 
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jonathan Mota
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Josh Lifrak
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Bob Tewksbury
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATORS: David DaSilva and John Baker 
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Raymond Fuentes
IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Rod Nichols (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Keoni DeRenne (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Mark Johnson (Manager), Terry Clark (Pitching Coach), Chad Allen (Hitting Coach), and Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ricardo Medina (Hitting Coach), and Osmin Melendez (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Paul McAnulty (Hitting Coach), and Pedro Gonzalez (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Steve Lerud (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Mike Carter (Hitting Coach), and Darnell McDonald (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #2: Lance Rymel (Manager), Manny Olivera (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), and Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Ron Villone (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and Tyler Pearson (Rehab Coach)
DSL CUBS #1: Leo Perez (Manager), Jose Cueto (Pitching Coach), D'Angelo Jimenez (Hitting Coach), Antonio Valerio (Assistant Coach), and Jose Zapata (Assistant Pitching Coach)
DSL CUBS #2: Carlos Ramirez (Manager), Luis Hernandez (Pitching Coach), Enrique Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach)
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Chuck Baughman
ASSISTANT MINOR LEAGUE TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Mike McNulty (Iowa), Toby Williams (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), James Edwards (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs #1), Matthew Hussey (AZL Cubs #2), Brennan Connelly (DSL Cubs #1), and German Suncin and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs #2)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR: Doug Jarrow
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Ryan Clausen (Iowa), Jason Morriss (Tennessee), Keegan Knoll (Myrtle Beach), Ryan Nordtvedt (South Bend), Dallas Lopez (Eugene), Mike Megrew (AZL Cubs #1), Andres Rondon (AZL Cubs #2), Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs #1), and Amaury Gonzalez and Tomas Sanchez (DSL Cubs #2)