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 or off-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: 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: 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: 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 10-13-2019):

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Players on Optional Assignment to minors from MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are in gold italics
Players "Signed for Future Service" (2020 contract) are in orange  
Players eligible to be Article XX-D minor league FA post-2020 MLB regular season are in red 
Players eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league FA post-2019 World Series are in purple  
Players eligible for selection in December 2019 MLB Rule 5 Draft are in blue



IOWA: 27  

AAA

PITCHERS: 13 
Casey Bloomquist 
Craig Brooks
Trevor Clifton
Dakota Mekkes   
Tyson Miller
* Jordan Minch 
Colin Rea
Duncan Robinson
Michael Rucker
* Wyatt Short
Matt Swarmer
* Jerry Vasto
Alex Wilson

CATCHERS: 4 
Erick Castillo
Taylor Davis
P. J. Higgins
Jhonny Pereda

INFIELDERS: 5 
Phillip Evans 
Trent Giambrone
Dixon Machado
* Vimael Machin
Zack Short

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Charcer Burks
* Donnie Dewees
Johnny Field
Connor Myers 
Mark Zagunis


TENNESSEE: 33  

AA

PITCHERS: 18  
Cory Abbott
Corey Black
Bailey Clark 
Oscar de la Cruz
Scott Effross
Ben Hecht 
Zach Hedges
Chih-Wei Hu 
Erick Leal
* Conor Lillis-White
* Luis Lugo
Tommy Nance 
* Jack Patterson 
Tyler Peyton 
* Manuel Rondon
Jake Stinnett
Keegan Thompson
Erich Uelmen

CATCHERS: 4 
Rafelin Lorenzo 
Tyler Payne
Will Remillard
Ian Rice

INFIELDERS: 6 
Gioskar Amaya
Yasiel Balaguert
Clayton Daniel
* Christian Donahue
Luis Vazquez
* Jared Young 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
# Roberto Caro 
# Zach Davis
# Jose Gutierrez
Eddy Julio Martinez 
* Chris Pieters


MYRTLE BEACH: 33 

Hi-A

PITCHERS: 18
Javier Assad
Jesus Camargo 
Enrique de los Rios
Brian Glowicki
* Luke Hagerty 
Chad Hockin
* Bryan Hudson
* Ryan Kellogg
Garrett Kelly
Brendan King 
* Ryan Lawlor
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
Erling Moreno
Jeffrey Passantino
Ethan Roberts
Manuel Rodriguez
Alexander Vargas

CATCHERS: 2
Miguel Amaya
Eric Gonzalez

INFIELDERS: 8 
* Aramis Ademan  
Cam Balego
Jhonny Bethencourt
* Tyler Durna
Wladimir Galindo
* Luke Reynolds
* Carlos Sepulveda
Delvin Zinn

OUTFIELDERS: 5
* D. J. Artis
Grant Fennell 
Kevonte Mitchell
Zac Taylor
* D. J. Wilson 


SOUTH BEND: 35   

Lo-A

PITCHERS: 18
Jose Albertos
* Andres Bonalde 
* Faustino Carrera
Derek Casey
Kohl Franklin
* Brandon Hughes (ex-OF)
Fauris Guerrero
Riley McCauley 
Ivan Medina
Zach Mort
* Eugenio Palma 
Eury Ramos 
Peyton Remy
Casey Ryan  
Cam Sanders
Riley Thompson
Carlos Vega 
Blake Whitney 

CATCHERS: 3 
Caleb Knight 
Marcus Mastrobuoni
Gustavo Polanco

INFIELDERS: 9
Levi Jordan
Nelson Maldonado
# Fidel Mejia
Christopher Morel 
Rafael Narea
# Yonathan Perlaza
Jake Slaughter
Chase Strumpf 
* Andy Weber

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Brennen Davis
* Darius Hill 
* Cole Roederer
Nelson Valazquez
* Jonathan Sierra 


EUGENE
: 35 

SS-A

PITCHERS: 24
Maikel Aguiar
* Chris Allen
Hunter Bigge
Matteo Bocchi 
Zach Bryant
Josh Burgmann
Chris Clarke
Yovanny Cruz
Tanner Dalton
Brad Deppermann 
Jeremiah Estrada
Richard Gallardo
Ryan Jensen 
Chris Kachmar 
* Bryan King 
Michael McAvene
M. T. Minacci 
Joe Nahas
Eduarniel Nunez
Raidel Orta 
Yunior Perez
Jake Reindl
Aneuris Rosario 
* Didier Vargas 

CATCHERS: 3
Alexander Guerra 
* Jonathan Soto
Jake Washer 

INFIELDERS: 4
* Grayson Byrd
# Josue Huma
# Pedro Martinez
# Ryan Reynolds

OUTFIELDERS: 4 
* Edmond Americaan 
Yovanny Cuevas
Fernando Kelli
Jacob Olson 


AZL CUBS #1: 30 

SS-R

PITCHERS: 15  
Elian Almanzar
Alfredo Colorado
Shane Combs
Emilio Ferrebus 
Jamie Galazin (ex-OF) 
* Misael Garcia 
Julio Guante
Elias Herrera
Porter Hodge
* Joel Machado
Jorge Remon 
Benjamin Rodriguez
* Luis Rodriguez
Niels Stone
Cayne Ueckert

CATCHERS: 3
* Ethan Hearn
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
Henderson Perez 

INFIELDERS: 7 
# Flemin Bautista
Luis Diaz
Widimer Joaquin
* Ervis Marchan 
Miguel Pabon
Herson Perez 
Oswaldo Pina 

OUTFIELDERS: 5 
Manny Collier
* Albert Hinirio
Kevin Moreno 
Carlos Pacheco  
* Brailin Pena


AZL CUBS #2: 34 

SS-R 

PITCHERS: 19   
Willy Cabrera
Danis Correa
Manuel Espinoza 
Francisco Fermin 
Jose Gomez
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Manuel Heredia
* D. J. Herz
* Adam Laskey
Chi-Feng Lee 
Alex Moore
Carlos Ocampo
Johzan Oquendo  
Carlos Paula
Luis Ramos 
Tyler Schlaffer 
Willians Vasquez 
Omar Ventura
Danny Zardon (ex-C) 

CATCHERS: 3
Richard Nunez
Raymond Pena
* Bryce Windham (ex-INF) 

INFIELDERS: 7 
* Rochest Cruz
# Reivaj Garcia
Juan Mora 
Rafael Morel
Fabian Pertuz
* Abraham Rodriguez
Luis Verdugo 

OUTFIELDERS: 5
Carlos Morfa 
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Yohendrick Pinango 
* Ricardo Verenzuela
Brandon Vicens 


DSL CUBS #1: 35+4 

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 20+1
Jonathan Alvarez
Aneudis Beard 
Emir Blanco
Moises Diaz
Anderson Feliz
* Jesus Gomez 
Edmar Gonzalez
Francisco Gracia 
Darling Grullon
Andy Hernandez
Joel Jimenez
* Johan Lopez 
Luis Marte
Hector Matos (RESTRICTED LIST)
* Anderson Parra
Marco Prieto 
* Jorge Ramirez 
* Andricson Salvador
Alberto Sojo
Luis Valenzuela 
* Saul Vazquez

CATCHERS: 4+2
Brayan Altuve (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE - 2020 contract)
Efren Aular
Miller Chacon
Brayan Mancilla
* Ronnier Quintero (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE - 2020 contract) 
Juan Vasquez 

INFIELDERS: 4+1
Augusto Acevedo
Jeinser Brete 
* Edwin Castillo
Nestor Heredia
Kevin Made (SIGNED FOR FUTURE SERVICE - 2020 contract)

OUTFIELDERS: 7
Luis Berelleza
Elias Fabian
# Josue Fernandez
* Orlando Guzman
* Kevin Miranda
* Cristian More
Jonathan Rodriguez


DSL CUBS #2: 35+1

SS-FR

PITCHERS: 18+1
Jorge Arellano
Donato Auguste
Yovanny Cabrera 
* Alejandro Carrillo
Enmanuel de la Cruz
Luis Devers
Marcos Encarnacion (RESTRICTED LIST - 72-game PED suspension - 8-16-2019)
Kelvin Feliz
Wilfri Figuereo
Rodrigo Garcia
Ricardo Green  
* Ferrol Heredia 
Gabriel Jaramillo
Gregori Montano
Yander Montero 
Dawel Rodriguez
* Samuel Rodriguez  
* Wilker Ruiz 
Edward Vasquez

CATCHERS: 4
Pablo Aliendo
Miguel Fabrizio
Edgar Gamargo
Malcom Quintero 

INFIELDERS: 7
Christhian Espinal
Rafael Herrera
Joanfran Rojas
Lizardo Ruiz
# Ronny Simon
# Esmarly Tatis 
* Orlando Zapata

OUTFIELDERS: 6
# Ezequiel Alvarez
Samuel Duarte 
* Jose Lopez 
Starlin Mateo
Felix Stevens
* Marco Valenzuela 


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CUBS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT FIELD STAFF (updated 4-1-2019)
FIELD COORDINATOR: Jeremy Farrell
PITCHING COORDINATOR: Brendan Sagara
ASSISTANT PITCHING COORDINATOR: Mike Mason 
HITTING COORDINATOR: Chris Valaika
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
CATCHING COORDINATOR: Mark Johnson
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: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Ron Villone (Pitching Coach), Chad Allen (Hitting Coach), Ben Carhart (Assistant Coach), and Will Remillard (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Steve Lerud (Manager), Brian Lawrence (Pitching Coach), Ty Wright (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: Lance Rymel (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Michael Carter (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #1: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Chase Spivey (Hitting Coach), Chris Pieters (Assistant Coach), and Yasiel Balaguert (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS #2: Ricardo Medina (Manager), Manny Olivera (Pitching Coach), Claudio Almonte (Hitting Coach), and Jacob Rogers (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Carlos Chantres (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)