2019 Cubs MLB First-Year Player Draft (Rule 4 Draft) Negotiation List


Players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) are placed on a club's Negotiation List.

In most cases, a player selected by a club in the Rule 4 Draft will remain on the club's Negotiation List until either the player signs or until the signing deadline (whichever comes first), and if a club does not sign a Rule 4 Draft pick by the deadline (5 PM Eastern on the Friday that falls during the week July 6-12), the player is removed from the club's Negotiation List and becomes eligible for selection again in the next Rule 4 Draft in which the player would be eligible for selection.
EXCEPTION: A college senior with no baseball eligibility left remains on the club's Negotiation List until the player signs or until one week prior to the next Rule 4 Draft (whichever comes first).

A player selected in the Rule 4 Draft will be declared a free-agent if he is not offered a contract by the signing deadline.

A player eligible for selection in the Rule 4 Draft who is not drafted ("Non-Drafted Free-Agent" or "NDFA") can sign with any club after the conclusion of the draft any time up until one week prior to the next Rule 4 Draft, unless and until the NDFA enrolls in a junior college or four-year college, in which case MLB Rule 4 Draft eligibility rules apply.

A player selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft or a Rule 4 eligible NDFA cannot be signed to a Major League contract.

A player selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft or a Rule 4 eligible NDFA can be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a contract during the period of time extending from July 2nd through December 31st.

Prior to the Rule 4 Draft, each MLB club is assigned a “Signing Bonus Pool” (SBP) equal to the aggregate pre-assigned bonus value of all of the club’s draft slots in the first ten rounds (including supplemental & compensatory draft picks). The higher the slot, the higher the bonus value. (The collective MLB SBP is determined in advance by calculating industry revenues). 

The Cubs 2019 Rule 4 Draft SBP is $5,826,900 (or $6,118,245 before penalties would be assessed).

If a club fails to sign a player selected in the first ten rounds (including supplemental draft picks), the value of that slot is deducted from the club’s SBP. There is no bonus value assigned to draft slots after the 10th round, but if a club pays a signing bonus in excess of $125,000 to a player selected in the 11th round or later or to a player eligible for selection who was not drafted, the amount of that bonus in excess of $125,000 is deducted from the club’s SBP.

If a club exceeds its SBP in a given Rule 4 Draft, a tax will be assessed and future Rule 4 Draft picks could be forfeited, depending on how much the club exceeded its SBP. (The club’s 1st Round draft pick in the next Rule 4 Draft is forfeited if the club exceeds its SBP by 5-10%, its 1st & 2nd round draft picks in the next Rule 4 Draft are forfeited if the club exceeds its SBP by 10-15%, and the club’s 1st Round picks in the next two Rule 4 Drafts are forfeited if the club exceeds its SBP by more than 15%).

The Cubs signed 32 of their 42 2018 draft picks, including their first twenty picks and 23 of their first 24. They also signed three NDFA. 

CUBS 2019 RULE 4 DRAFT NEGOTIATION LIST: (updated 6-13-2019):
Ryan Jensen, RHP (Fresno State) - SIGNED ($2M signing bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $2,570,100
Chase Strumpf, 2B (UCLA) - COLLEGE JR - SLOT VALUE$1,050,300
Michael McAvene, RHP (U. of Louisville) - COLLEGE JR - SLOT VALUE: $565,600
Chris Clarke, RHP (USC) - SIGNED ($426,600 bonus) SLOT VALUE: $426,600
Josh Burgmann, RHP (U. of Washington) - SIGNED (bonus not yet reported) - SLOT VALUE: $318,200
Ethan Hearn, C (Mobile Christian School - Mobile, AL) - HIGH SCHOOL (Mississippi State recruit) - SLOT VALUE: $247,000
Brad Deppermann, RHP (U. of North Florida) - SIGNED ($50,000 signing bonus)  - SLOT VALUE: $194,400
D. J. Herz, LHP (Terry Sanford HS - Fayetteville, NC) - SIGNED ($500K bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $162,700
Tyler Schlaffer, RHP (Homewood-Flossmoor HS - Flossmoor, IL) - HIGH SCHOOL (UIC recruit) - SLOT VALUE: $149,800
Wyatt Hendrie, C (Antelope Valley College) - JC FRESHMAN - SLOT VALUE: $142,200  
Mack Chambers III, SS (Seminole State) - JC FRESHMAN 
Hunter Bigge, RHP (Harvard) - COLLEGE JR 
Porter Hodge, RHP (Cottonwood Senior HS - Murray, UT) - HIGH SCHOOL (U. of Utah recruit)
Ryan Reynolds, 3B (U. of Texas) - COLLEGE JR 
Zach Bryant, RHP (Jacksonville)- COLLEGE JR 
Johzan Oquendo, RHP (Leadership Christian Academy - Guaynabo, PR) - HIGH SCHOOL (Broward College recruit)
Tanner Dalton, RHP (Sacramento State) - SIGNED 
Alex Moore, RHP (Lander University) - SIGNED
Adam Laskey, LHP (Duke) - COLLEGE JR  
Darius Hill, LF (U. of West Virginia) - SIGNED 
Nelson Maldonado, LF (U. of Florida) - SIGNED 
Elian Almanzar, RHP (Florence-Darlington Tech) - JC FRESHMAN 
Manny Collier, CF (Westwood HS - Mesa, AZ) - HIGH SCHOOL (South Mountain CC recruit)
Grayson Byrd, INF (Clemson) - SIGNED
Zac Taylor, CF (U. of Illinois) - SIGNED 
Jacob Olson, INF (U. of South Carolina) - SIGNED
Cayne Ueckert, RHP (McNeese State) - SIGNED 
Chris Kachmar, RHP (Lipscomb) - SIGNED 
Jake Washer, C (East Carolina) - COLLEGE SR 
Bryan King, LHP (McNeese State) - SIGNED 
Shane Combs, RHP (Notre Dame) - COLLEGE SR 
Bryce Windham, INF-OF (Old Dominion) - SIGNED 
Ryan Ritter, SS (Lincoln Way East HS - Frankfort, IL) - HIGH SCHOOL (Austin Peay State recruit) 
Nolan Letzgus, RHP (Heritage HS - Ringgold, GA) - HIGH SCHOOL (Walters State CC recruit)
Hunter Patteson, LHP (Vero Beach HS - Vero Beach, FL) - HIGH SCHOOL (UCF recruit)
Jason Hoopes, RHP (St. Augustine Prep - Buena Vista Township, NJ) - HIGH SCHOOL (U. of Virginia recruit)
Jaylon McLaughlin, CF (U. of Nevada) - COLLEGE JR 
Marc Davis, 3B/RHP (Florida Southwestern State College) - JC FRESHMAN 
Mason Auer, CF/RHP (Kickapoo HS - Springfield, MO) - HIGH SCHOOL (Missouri State recruit) 
Mac Bingham, CF (Torrey Pines HS - San Diego, CA) - HIGH SCHOOL (USC recruit) 

Matteo Bocchi, RHP (U. of Texas)  


Four Cubs draft picks -- 2B Chase Strumpf (UCLA), RHRP Michael McAvene (Louisville), C Jake Washer (East Carolina), and LHP Adam Laskey (Duke) -- are on teams playing in NCAA Super-Regionals this weekend (East Carolina is at Louisville). 

However, McAvene (Louisville's closer) was suspended for four games last weekend after he was ejected by the home plate umpire for arguing a ball-strike call, and Laskey has missed most of the 2019 season with an injury, so only Strumpf and Washer are likely to play. 

The Cubs have signed RHP Brad Deppermann (7th round draft pick - U. of North Florida) and he has been assigned to the AZL Cubs #1. 

From Cubs scout Keith Lockhart himself on Greyson Byrd:


The Cubs have signed RHP Ryan Jensen (1st round draft pick - Fresno State - $2M signing bonus) and he has been assigned to AZL Cubs #1 

in "well, that's about time" news...

baseball-reference is finally showcasing college stats for players.


baseball cube is nice and all, but it's nice to see BR play catchup.

UCLA is done. Chase Strumpf figures to be in Mesa soon.

The Cubs have signed Texas Longhorns reliver Matteo Bocchi as an undrafted free agent.

WHIP below 1 as a senior.

TIM - thanks for that. Longhorns have quite a tradition in baseball. After all, Zonk still does baseball announcing on the Longhorn network.

cubs getting quite a weird streak signing players who played for italian teams.

The Cubs have officially signed twelve more 2019 draft picks: 

Chris Clarke, RHP (4th round - USC) 
Josh Burgmann, RHP (5th round - U. of Washington) 
Tanner Dalton, RHP (17th round - Sacramento State) 
Alex Moore, RHP (18th round - Lander U.) 
Nelson Maldonado, LF (21st round - U. of Florida) 
Grayson Byrd, INF (24th round - Clemson) 
Zac Taylor, CF (25th round - U. of Illinois) 
Jacob Olson, INF (26th round - U. of South Carolina) 
Cayne Ueckert, RHP (27th round - McNesse State) 
Chris Kachmar, RHP (28th round - Lipscomb U.) 
Bryan King, LHP (30th round - McNeese State) 
Bryce Windham, IF-OF (32nd round - Old Dominion)

All twelve were assigned to the AZL.  

Ten of the twelve were college seniors (the easiset draft picks to sign because they have no college eligibility left and thus not much leverage. (Only Clarke and Burgmann were college juniors). 

The Cubs have officially signed two more 2019 draft picks and one Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA): 

D. J. Herz, LHP (8th round - Terry Sanford HS - Fayetteville, NC) 
Darius Hill, LF (20th round - West Virginia U.)  

Matteo Bocchi, RHP (NDFA - U. of Texas) 

Hill and Bocchi are college seniors. 

With the signing bonuses reported so far, the Cubs saved $570K from the underslot Jensen bonus, $144,400 from the underslot Deppermann bonus, and they have an additional $291,300 (5% above their assigned Signing Bonus Pool) available to spend, for a total of $1,050,700 available for overslot bonuses. 

This $1,050,700 has already been offset somewhat by the $500K Herz signing bonus ($337,300 overslot), leaving $713,400 in the draft bonus bank (SBP) to use to pay over-slot bonuses presumably needed to sign Ethan Hearn (probably will require about $750K over-slot) and Tyler Schlaffer (probably will require about $100K over-slot).

So the Cubs will probably need to gain about an additional aggregate $140K (or so) in under-slot bonuses from bonuses paid to Burgmann, Strempf, McAvene, and/or Hendrie (of the four only Burgmann has been officially signed, but his bonus has not yet been reported) to stay within the SBP limit ($6,118,245), and that's presuming there are no overslot bonuses paid to players selected after the top ten rounds. 

With the Darius Hill signing, there are now only two college seniors drafted by the Cubs in 2019 who remain unsigned (C Jake Washer and RHP Shane Combs). College seniors are usually the easiest draft picks to sign because they have very little leverage. 

C HunterTaylor (Cubs 2018 23rd round pick - U. of South Carolina) was the only college senior drafted by the Cubs who did not sign from last year's draft. 

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  • crunch 39 min 25 sec ago (view)

    last thing i wanna hear about a dude who throws 85-88mph is "shoulder issues"


  • crunch 47 min 25 sec ago (view)

    schwarber / bryant / rizzo / baez / heyward(CF) / caratini / cargo(RF) / darvish / russell


  • Eric S 47 min 26 sec ago (view)

    Was that before or after Hendricks going on the 10 day IL with right shoulder inflammation?


  • crunch 48 min 55 sec ago (view)

    k.hendricks to the 10-day IL with "right shoulder inflamation"


    rowan wick up because whatever.


  • Arizona Phil 1 hour 59 min ago (view)

    Because they never play more than four days in a row, AZL Cubs #1 and AZL Cubs #2 will only need four SP each. 

    The pitchers at AZL mini-camp who are (right now) stretched-out to start are Brendon Little (rehab), Carlos Ocampo, Jose Miguel Gonzalez, Chi-Feng Lee, Misael Garcia, Richard Gallardo, and Luis Ramos, and Keegan Thompson may be ready for an AZL SP rehab assignment soon. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 5 min ago (view)

    The Cubs are down to five catchers at AZL mini-camp (draft picks Ethan Hearn, Wyatt Hendrie, and Jake Washer have not yet officially signed), so Mesa Rehab Coach (and ex-minor league catcher) Tyler Pearson has been taking on some extra duties, catching bullpen side-sessions and warming up pitchers in the pen. (He caught Craig Kimbrel the other day). 

    So I would not be surprised if the Cubs sign a NDFA college senior catcher or acquire an experienced catcher from indy ball to help out. 


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 15 min ago (view)

    Not counting 2019 draft picks and rehabbers, the Cubs top prospect in the AZL this season is SS Luis Verdugo (he's one of the Cubs Top 10 position player prospects).  

    Verdugo was supposed to go to Eugene with 2B Reivaj Garcia this past week, but was left behind at Mesa when SS Dixon Machado was reinstated from the Iowa IL last Tuesday and SS Luis Vazquez (who had been playing SS at Iowa) needed to go somewhere where he could play SS every day. (Vazquez was assigned to Eugene).


  • Craig A. 2 hours 36 min ago (view)

    Bring him up!


  • Arizona Phil 2 hours 50 min ago (view)

    HAGSAG: As far as I know he's still with the Cubs. 


  • Hagsag 2 hours 53 min ago (view)

    Phil, has Jim Benedict left the Cubs Organization? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 2 min ago (view)

    Several of the younger pitchers and position-players who were at Extended Spring Training but who were not in contention for Eugene Opening Day roster slots went home for about ten days between the end of the EXST Cactus League season (6/1) and the start of AZL mini-camp this past Tuesday (6/11). 


  • crunch 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    incredible waste of money, honestly.

    you can get almost 2 weeks of chatwood for that kinda loot.  CHATWOOD!!!


  • tim815 4 hours 5 min ago (view)

    19 for 1

    I like those odds.


  • Arizona Phil 5 hours 6 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed 19 J-2 IFA since acquiring $750K in International Signing Bonus Pool (ISBP) space from the Orioles in the April deal where the Cubs agreed not to re-claim RHRP Pedro Araujo (selected by BAL in the Major League Phase of the December 2017 Rule 5 Draft). 

    There were no big name prospects among the 19 J-2 IFA who were signed, but the average signing bonus (presuming the entire $750K in ISBP space was used) is about $40,000.  


  • tim815 11 hours 17 min ago (view)

    Reivaj Garcia apparently pronounces his name RAY-vuh.


  • Mike Wellman 12 hours 3 min ago (view)

    AA: 6IP; 0BBs; 9Ks...See the USA in your Alzolay; All the way w/ Alzolay; Lay Lazy Lay; My name is Bert and I’m an Alzoholic...