Cubs 2021 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Watch List
As things stand right now...
79 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the December 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and 50 Cubs minor leaguers (45 post-2021 6YFA and five 2021 second-contract players) are eligible to be declared MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series (or at 5 PM Eastern on October 15th if the 2021 World Series is cancelled).
Among the Cubs first-time Rule 5 Draft eligibles post-2021 are: RHPs Riley Thompson, Cam Sanders, Jeremiah Estrada, Ethan Roberts, Yovanny Cruz, Manuel Espinoza, Eduarniel Nunez, Benjamin Rodriguez, Luis Devers, and Kelvin Feliz, LHP Jack Patterson, C Jonathan Soto, 1B-OF Alfonso Rivas, INFs Luis Verdugo, Fabian Pertuz, Andy Weber, Luis Vazquez, Widimer Joaquin, Oswaldo Pina, Josue Huma, and Rochest Cruz, and OFs Nelson Velazquez and Edmond Americaan.
R. Thompson and Rivas would (right now) seem to be near-locks to get added to the 40 on 11/19 (if not earlier), and Patterson is very likely to be added. The other 20 listed above are legit candidates to get added to the 40 on 11/19 (the roster filing deadline will be a day earlier than usual in 2021 because 11/20 falls on a Saturday), but it's way too early right now to say which ones will and which ones will not be added. However, whichever ones are not added to the 40 on 11/19 are likely to be placed on the AAA Iowa reserve list so that they will be eligible for selection in the Major League Phase of the Rule Draft only, along with other Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the Major League Phase (only) of yesterday's Rule 5 Draft like: RHPs Jose Albertos, Javier Assad, Bailey Clark, Danis Correa, Ben Hecht, Dakota Mekkes, Trevor Megill, Peyton Remy, Duncan Robinson, and Michael Rucker, LHPs Brendon Little and Wyatt Short, C-1B-3B Cam Balego, SS Aramis Ademan, INF Delvin Zinn, INF-OF Trent Giambrone, 1B-OF Jared Young, and OFs Eddy Julio Martinez, Connor Myers, and Yonathan Perlaza.
Among the noteworthy Cubs minor leaguers who will be eligible to be a minor league free-agent for the first time post-2021 (if the player is not added to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to being declared a 6YFA at 5 PM Eastern on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series) are: C-INF P. J. Higgins, LHRP Bryan Hudson, RHRP Craig Brooks, and OF Donnie Dewees. Other Cubs minor leaguers eligible to be minor league free-agents again post-2021 are RHRP (ex-1B) Jerrick Suiter, LHRP Luis Lugo, and LHRP Ryan Lawlor.
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 3-2-2021)
Aramis Ademan, INF
Maikel Aguiar, RHP
Jose Albertos, RHP
Chris Allen, LHP
Edmond Americaan, OF
D. J. Artis, OF
Javier Assad, RHP
Cam Balego, C-INF
Willy Cabrera, RHP
Alejandro Carrillo, LHP
Derek Casey, RHP
Bailey Clark, RHP
Danis Correa, RHP
Rochest Cruz, INF
Yovanny Cruz, RHP
Zach Davis, OF
Luis Devers, RHP
Christian Donahue, INF
Tyler Durna, 1B
Manuel Espinoza, RHP
Jeremiah Estrada, RHP
Miguel Fabrizio, C
Kelvin Feliz, RHP
Misael Garcia, LHP
Reivaj Garcia, INF
Trent Giambrone, IF-OF
Edmar Gonzalez, RHP
Jose Gutierrez, OF
Ben Hecht, RHP
Brandon Hughes, LHP (ex-OF)
Josue Huma, INF
Gabriel Jaramillo, RHP
Widimer Joaquin, INF
Levi Jordan, INF
Caleb Knight, C
Brendon Little, LHP
Eddy Julio Martinez, OF
Trevor Megill, RHP (Article XX-D player)
Dakota Mekkes, RHP
Connor Myers, OF
Tommy Nance, RHP
Eduarniel Nunez, RHP
Carlos Ocampo, RHP
Carlos Pacheco, OF
Jack Patterson, LHP
Carlos Paula, RHP
Brailin Pena, OF-1B
Henderson Perez, C
Yonathan Perlaza, OF (ex-INF)
Fabian Pertuz, INF
Oswaldo Pina, INF
Jake Reindl, RHP
Jorge Remon, RHP
Peyton Remy, RHP
Samuel Reyes, RHP
Alfonso Rivas, 1B-OF
Ethan Roberts, RHP
Duncan Robinson, RHP
Benjamin Rodriguez, RHP
Jonathan Rodriguez, OF
Luis Rodriguez, LHP
Michael Rucker, RHP (Article XX-D player)
Cam Sanders, RHP
Yeison Santana, INF
Wyatt Short, LHP
Jonathan Sierra, OF
Jake Slaughter, INF-OF
Jonathan Soto, C
Matt Swarmer, RHP
Riley Thompson, RHP
Erich Uelmen, RHP
Didier Vargas, LHP
Luis Vazquez, INF
Nelson Velazquez, OF
Luis Verdugo, INF
Andy Weber, INF
Blake Whitney, RHP
Jared Young, 1B-OF
Delvin Zinn, INF
Additionally, a free-agent who signs a 2021 minor league contract prior to the 2020 Rule 5 Draft will be eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft 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 following his first qualified season, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft following his first qualified season.
MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT POST-2021 WORLD SERIES
SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS:
Sergio Alcantara, INF (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
Abiatal Avelino, INF (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Joe Biagini, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
James Bourque, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Craig Brooks, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Rex Brothers, LHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
Jesus Camargo, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Yovanny Cuevas, OF(see NOTE-2)
Donnie Dewees, OF (see NOTE-2)
Matt Duffy, INF (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Scott Effross, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Taylor Gushue, C
Michael Hermosillo, OF (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
P. J. Higgins, C-INF (see NOTE-2)
Ben Holmes, LHP
Bryan Hudson, LHP (see NOTE-2)
Jake Jewell, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Trevor Kelley, RHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left
Ryan Kellogg, LHP (see NOTE-2)
Ryan Lawlor, LHP (see NOTE-2)
Jose Lobaton, C (Article XIX-A player - no minor league options left
Luis Lugo, LHP
Nick Martini, OF (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Cameron Maybin, OF (Article XIX-A player_ - one minor league oiption left
Fidel Mejia, INF (see NOTE-2)
Ian Miller, OF (Article XX-D player) - three minor league options left
Shelby Miller, RHP (Article XIX-A player) - two minor league options left
Jose Moreno, RHP
Adam Morgan, LHP (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Rafael Ortega, OF (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
Nicholas Padilla, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Tyler Payne, C (see NOTE-2)
C. D. Pelham, LHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left
Raymond Pena, C (see NOTE-2)
Gustavo Polanco, C-1B (see NOTE-2)
Eury Ramos, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Aneuris Rosario, RHP (see NOTE-2)
D. J. Snelten, LHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left
Robert Stock, RHP (Article XX-D player) - has one minor league option left Pedro Strop, RHP(Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Jerrick Suiter, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Jerry Vasto, LHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left
Joe Wieland, RHP (Article XX-D player) - no minor league options left
D. J. Wilson, OF (see NOTE-2)
Patrick Wisdom, 1B-3B (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
NOTE-1: Article XX-D means players can elect free-agency if sent outright to minors, and Article XIX-A means player must give his consent before he can be sent to minors by optional or outright assignment.
NOTE-2: Brooks, Camargo, Cuevas, Dewees, Effross, Higgins, Hudson, Kellogg, Lawlor, F. Mejia, Padilla, Payne, R. Pena, Polanco, E. Ramos, A. Rosario, Suiter, and Wilson are eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2021, but only if the 2020 season is considered a "qualified season" toward minor league free-agency for those players. (Even though the 2020 minor league season was canceled before it began, the 2020 season - WAS - considered to be a "qualified season" for minor leaguers who were eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2020). If the canceled 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" for players eligible to be Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2021, then those players will not be eligible to be free agents after the World Series, and will instead be eligible for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft (if the player is still on a minor league reserve list as of 11/20).
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (see NOTE-1 below)
Michael Arias, INF / RHP (previously released by TOR - see NOTE-2 below)
Aneudis Beard, RHP (previously released by TEX)
Juan Gamez, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Garrett Kelly, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Vance Vizcaino, OF (previously released by KC)
NOTE-1: With mutual consent (player & club), a second-contract minor league player who has accrued fewer than seven minor league seasons can be signed to a multi-year minor league contract with club control extending up through the player's seventh minor league season. So it is possible that one or more of the Cubs minor league second contract players are signed beyond the 2021 season (TBD).
NOTE-2: If he is signed beyond 2021, Michael Arias is - NOT - eligible foir selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft
Arizona Phil 2 hours 14 min ago (view)
Neither Robert Stock nor Duane Underwood Jr have the right to elect free-agency if outrighted, although both will be minor league 6YFA at 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the 2021 World Series if the player is either not added back to the 40 or signs a 2022 minor league successor contract prior to the deadline.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 5 min ago (view)
Here are some pitching info from today's game for those of you who didn't see it:
COMMENT: Threw mostly FB and looked sharp... thought he might go two IP but it was at least a good start..
COMMENT: Lots of FB and he got good results with the limited arsenal he showed today..
COMMENT: Nothing special but got a 1-2-3 inning...
crunch 5 hours 6 min ago (view)
looked sharp as hell today with a groundout to 1st and a couple Ks.
crunch 5 hours 30 min ago (view)
odd with JD in the booth without len...nice to see the cubs back in action.
sciambi is a nice replacement. can't complain.
crunch 6 hours 44 min ago (view)
maples, the unpolished diamond...maybe he'll figure it out in his 5th year of trying...
so far he's dollar store discount bin carlos marmol.
Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 53 min ago (view)
Stock clears waivers, is now NRI. Duane Underwood loses his 40 man spot to Tepera. I find it shocking that he was cut over Maples, but I'm sure Maples gets the boot before Opening Day, too.
videographer 10 hours 39 min ago (view)
Baseball America came out with a list of the top 2021-22 international singing class of 16 year olds and the Cubs were not list with any of the top 20. I guess Tom Ricketts decided to pass next year on future Latin talent.
Rob Richardson 13 hours 38 min ago (view)
I hear he dogs it, and is a bit of a hot dog.
Jackstraw 23 hours 21 min ago (view)
No matter how well he performs this spring, the smart play is still to send him down to Des Moines. Delay his service clock for a month or six weeks, get seven extra years of team control.
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
kevin rizzo is in camp with the cubs and is in workouts with the team.
very tiny guy, no power, but he can run down a ball in the field and he's almost impossible to pitch to. time to give him a contract and put him in the OF.
crunch 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
Marquee has added a tuesday game, so now the first televised cubs game is March 2nd (3pm EST)
Arizona Phil 1 day 17 hours ago (view)
The DFA of Robert Stock to make room for Kyle Ryan coming off the CoViD-related IL wil need to be followed by removing another player on the 40 to make room for Ryan Tepera.
It's possible somebody (like a pitcher) is injured to the extent that he might be placed on the 60-day IL, or else maybe somebody else will go on the CoViD-related IL (which is 40-man roster exempt) in the coming days to make room for Tepera.
Arizona Phil 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed LHSP Ben Holmes (ex-LAD) and RHRP Jose Moreno (ex-NYM) to 2021 minor league contracts. Both were post-2020 minor league 6YFA and neither has been on an MLB 40-man roster.
Holmes pitched collegiately at Oregon State and has some AAA experience, but Moreno hasn't pitched above Lo-A over the course of seven seasons in the Mets organization.
crunch 2 days 3 hours ago (view)
side note...k.wong is on 1st putting on one of those "baserunning mitts" (hand protection for sliding) that's extending past the length of his hand/fingers by at least 2-3 inches.
they're going to have to start regulating this piece of equipment if this keeps up...
crunch 2 days 5 hours ago (view)
Q with LAA in his debut for them...HBP, a wild pitch, and BB through 7 pitches...then 3 pop-outs to follow.
blah blah spring training...
baseball on TV...neat.
First.Pitch.120 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
We just traded for Maddux!!! ......... nope, the other one.