Cubs 2021 Rule 5 Draft & Minor League Free-Agent Watch List
As things stand right now...
66 Cubs minor leaguers are eligible for selection in the December 2021 MLB Rule 5 Draft, and 49 Cubs minor leaguers (39 post-2021 6YFA and ten 2021 second-contract players) are eligible to be declared MLB Rule 9 (formerly known as 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).
In addition, LHP Kyle Ryan was assigned outright to the minors on 5/11, and because he has Article XX-D status (he has accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time), he had the right to elect free-agency after being outrighhted or else defer his right to elect free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season (he has 48 hours to decide). If he accepts the outright assignment and defers his right to elect free-agency until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season but then is added back to an MLB 40-man roster in the meantime, he would not have the right to elect free-agency after the conclusion of the MLB regular season.
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, and Benjamin Rodriguez, LHP Jack Patterson, 1B Shendrik Apostel, 1B-OF Alfonso Rivas, INFs Luis Verdugo, Andy Weber, Luis Vazquez, Yeison Santana, and Fabian Pertuz, and OF Nelson Velazquez. R. Thompson and Rivas would (right now) seem to be likely to get added to the 40 on 11/19 (if not earlier). The other 15 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. Whichever ones are not added to the 40 on 11/19 will very likely 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.
Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft and who will be eligible again in 2021 include RHPs Jose Albertos, Javier Assad, Bailey Clark, Danis Correa, Ben Hecht, Peyton Remy, Michael Rucker, and Dauris Valdez, 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, OF Connor Myers, and OF (ex-INF) 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 RHRP Robert Stock, C-INF P. J. Higgins, RHRP Eury Ramos, and LHRP Bryan Hudson.
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 (all three signed 2021 minor league succesor contracts).
CUBS MINOR LEAGUERS ELIGIBLE FOR SELECTION IN 2021 RULE 5 DRAFT (last updated 5-14-2021)
Aramis Ademan, INF
Jose Albertos, RHP
Chris Allen, LHP
Edmond Americaan, OF
Shendrik Apostel, 1B
D. J. Artis, OF
Javier Assad, RHP
Cam Balego, C-INF
Alejandro Carrillo, LHP
Derek Casey, RHP
Bailey Clark, RHP
Danis Correa, RHP
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
Reivaj Garcia, INF
Trent Giambrone, IF-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
Dakota Mekkes, RHP
Connor Myers, OF
Tommy Nance, RHP
Eduarniel Nunez, RHP
Carlos Ocampo, RHP
Jack Patterson, LHP
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
Benjamin Rodriguez, RHP
Luis Angel 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
Matt Swarmer, RHP
Riley Thompson, RHP
Erich Uelmen, RHP
Dauris Valdez, 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.
ELIGIBLE TO BE ARTICLE XX-B FREE-AGENT AFTER CONCLUSION OF MLB REGULAR SEASON:
Kyle Ryan, LHP
MLB RULE 9 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)
Jesus Camargo, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Eric Castillo, C
Yovanny Cuevas, OF(see NOTE-2)
Donnie Dewees, OF (see NOTE-2)
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
Ryan Lawlor, LHP (see NOTE-2)
Jose Lobaton, C (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Luis Lugo, LHP
Cameron Maybin, OF (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Ryan Meisinger, RHP (Article XX-D player) - two minor league options left
Ian Miller, OF (Article XX-D player) - three 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 - see NOTE-2) - two minor league options left
Raymond Pena, C (see NOTE-2)
Eury Ramos, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Andrew Romine, INF (Article XIX-A player) - no minor league options left
Aneuris Rosario, RHP (see NOTE-2)
Adrian Sampson, RHP (Article XX-D player) three minor league options left
Robert Stock, RHP (Article XX-D player) - one minor league option left
Jerrick Suiter, RHP (ex-1B)
Trayce Thompson, OF (Article XX-D player) - no 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, Lawlor, Padilla, Payne, Pelham, R. Pena, E. Ramos, A. Rosario, and Wilson are eligible to be MLB Rule 9 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 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 9 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)
Andres Bonalde, LHP (previously released by CUBS)
Juan Gamez, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Alex Katz, LHP (previously released by BAL)
Ryan Kellogg, LHP (previously released by CUBS)
Garrett Kelly, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Austin Krzeminski, RHP (previously released by LAA)
Tyler Suellentrop, RHP (previously released by SEA)
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 for selection in the 2021 Rule 5 Draft
Wrigley Rat 8 hours 9 min ago (view)
- 92-95 mph https://twitter.com/P15Sports/status/1371873329565...
- Dominant in the B9th with a 1-2-3 frame, striking out all three batters. FB 93-97 T98 https://twitter.com/rayteodora1/status/13015758552...
crunch 8 hours 15 min ago (view)
it's really cool how playing vs DET in 2021 counts toward the MLB win/loss totals of a team. it's like using a cheat code.
crunch 12 hours 22 min ago (view)
there has been a ton of fringe signings the past 48 hours by many teams...guys that were not playing organized ball or playing indie ball for the past 1-2+ seasons.
tim815 13 hours 8 min ago (view)
The Cubs have apparently signed Tyler Suellentrop, a pitcher drafted by Seattle in 2018 from Indian River Community College in Florida. He's been assigned to Myrtle Beach. I expect he'll pitch on Friday.
crunch 14 hours 5 min ago (view)
wrigley going 60% capactity may 28th. hopefully we'll be 100% by july/august.
we're getting closer to "normal." i hope we can get things stable for those that can't get a vax, and those that are still refusing or on the fence will cross over and join the rest of functioning society.
as someone who was on strong chemo with a wide open immune system a decade ago, i'm thinking about them and others in similar health conditions.
Arizona Phil 1 day 8 hours ago (view)
VIDEO: Zach Davis and Rochest Cruz are (were) probably the two fastest players (sprint-speed on the bases) in the Cubs system (though not Cruz anymore, obviously).
Arizona Phil 1 day 9 hours ago (view)
Cubs minor league RHRP Ben Hecht (Cubs 2017 12th round pick - Wichita State) had TJS a couple of days ago.
videographer 1 day 12 hours ago (view)
Rochest Cruz had some success in the DSL a couple of years ago. Too bad he didn't pan out. Carlos Pacheco showed power numbers in the DSL two or three years ago along with a high K rate.
tim815 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
The rush to 70 players.
Arizona Phil 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released OF Luis Berrelleza, INF Rochest Cruz, LHP Misael Garcia, OF Orlando Guzman, C-1B Brayan Mancilla, RHP Yander Montero, OF Carlos Pacheco, and OF John Rodriguez.
crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)
it screws up stats. i know you play for wins/losses, but real money is on the line for players and makes agent/player homework selling their client a bit harder.
it also makes historical comparisons difficult.
the amount of time i've seen a fresh inning starting out...bunt guy to 3rd for an out, IBB, IBB is too high. what would amount to a leadoff single following that can easily turn into 2 runs (1 earned) with guys on the corner...which usually leads to another IBB.
Charlie 2 days 8 hours ago (view)
Jay Jaffe has a timely argument against the runner on second rule over at fangraphs: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-runner-on-second-i...
I still don't know why we don't just have ties. Obviously, the Cubs could have dodged most of these situations by simply hitting a little bit during the regulation innings.
Arizona Phil 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have signed free-agent RHSP Adrian Sampson to a minor league contract and he has been assigned to AAA Iowa, and RHP Michael McAvene, LHP Jack Patterson, and OF Donnie Dewees have been placed on the 60-day IL to open up slots for Sampson, Trayce Thompson, and Kyle Ryan on the Cubs minor league 180-man Domestic Reserve List.
crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
well that sucked.
2-game sweep, 2 games under .500
crunch 2 days 11 hours ago (view)
stumbled onto this today...clip from a 2019 ESPN broadcast game with boog, chipper jones, and david ross in the booth...
boog used to call games for ATL, btw...
tim815 2 days 14 hours ago (view)
Someone on social media was floating Yoelqui Cespedes to the Cubs in a Bryant trade.
I was clueless if it was permitted. It is.