11/20 Decision day

Today is the deadline for Major League teams to file their reserve lists and set their 40-man rosters prior to the Rule 5 Draft, which will be held Dec. 6. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is at 39.

Players who have been in the Cubs’ Minor League system for four years and were 19 years old or older on June 5 the year they were drafted are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. If a player was 18 or younger on June 5 of his Draft year, that player becomes eligible after five years.

Among the names of players who could be selected are Logan Watkins and Nick Struck, who were picked as the Cubs’ Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, in 2012. Here’s a list of Cubs prospects eligible for Rule 5 Draft. We’ll update later when the team announces any changes to the roster:

Jeffry Antigua, Frank Batista, Jason Berken, Justin Bour, Michael Brenly, Michael Burgess, Kyler Burke, David Cales, Esmailin Caridad, Marcelo Carreno, Matt Cerda, Hunter Cervenka, Evan Crawford, Willengton Cruz, Michael de la Cruz, Antonio Encarnacion, Carlos Figueroa, Eduardo Figueroa, Marcus Hatley, Ty’Relle Harris, Jay Jackson, Alvido Jimenez, Austin Kirk, Luis Liria, Jeff Lorick, Marcos Mateo, Edwin Maysonet, Trey McNutt, Pedro Medina, Jose Montesino, A.J. Morris, Jonathon Mota, Felix Pena, Starling Peralta, Nelson Perez, Dae-Eun Rhee, Greg Rohan, Jose Rosario, Zac Rosscup, Julio Sanchez, Brian Schlitter, Ryan Searle, Matt Spencer, Nick Struck, Larry Suarez, Francisco Turbi, Christian Villanueva, Brett Wallach, Logan Watkins, Casey Weathers, Rob Whitenack, Ty Wright.

— Carrie Muskat


Carrie, of all the players you listed must they be put on the 40 man roster in order to avoid the Rule % draft? Or can any number of them be placed on the reserver list you mentioned will need to be filed and protected that way?

Yes, if not added to 40-man, they could be taken in Rule 5 Draft. Obviously, they can’t put all of those players on roster (especially since roster is at 39 at start of the day). Who do they protect? I’d guess Struck, Watkins would be added.

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