First year player draft
The first year player draft (also called the entry draft) is a Bull Baseball League annual event that allows the entry of amateur players from college and high school leagues into the professional baseball system and assigning those players to the teams within the Bull League. The draft order is determined by the previous season's standings, with the team having the worst record receiving the first pick.
The Bull League has had a draft since 1995, although the size of the pool and number of rounds has varied. It is always held in mid-season.
Process and rules
Only players who are in (or have previously been in) one of the affiliated "feeder" leagues are eligible to be drafted. They must also meet the age criteria depending on which feeder they are eligible from.
Affiliated feeder leagues and qualifying ages
In 2017, the league introduced a feeder league system to provide talented, eligible players for drafting into the Bull League. Prior to this, players in the draft came from various unaffiliated leagues and schools.
|League||Level||Region||Age ranges||Elibility age(s)|| Approximate # of|
|NCAA Division I||College||USA||18-22||21-22||384|
|Pacific Rim College League||College|| Asia-Pacific
|Can-Am College League|| College
| US-Canada (and others)
|Nor-Am High School League||High school|| North America
Generally, the draft proceeds in reverse order of the previous season's standings. The team with the worst record selects first, and so on. Therefore, Bull Cup Champion will not necessarily select last if they were not the team with the best record.
Because trading of draft picks is permitted, the order can vary from the original order in any particular round, depending on whether or not draft picks have been traded to another team. This can often result in one team having multiple selections in a round, or a team having no selections in a round.
Players who are drafted in the first five rounds, and those who have a financial demand (i.e., not just a "slot" on a roster), will be subject to negotiations before signing with a team.
Teams have a right to negotiate with players for just two months, after which, if they remain unsigned, they can return to their original team (or, if a high school player, join a new college team), or become a free agent, if their age exceeds the feeder system ages.
Teams may receive additional draft selections, called compensatory picks. There are two types of compensatory picks. With the first type, a compensatory pick is awarded due to players drafted in the top three rounds of the prior draft failing to sign.
The other involves involves players going into free agency at the end of a season, and can be a bit more complicated. First, a player may or may not be "compensation eligible" depending on whether their contract demand would place them among the top paid players in the league, and whether they have spent the entire year on the roster of their current team. If they are compensation eligible, in other words, a potentially highly sought-after player in free agency, then their current team must make a qualifying offer (the value of which changes from season to season depending on league average salaries).
If the player accepts the offer, they remain with the team at the agreed salary and no compensatory picks are awarded or lost. If the player does not accept the offer, their current team will receive a compensatory pick should the player sign with another team.
The pick received by the team losing the player will be in the supplemental round, which is between the first round and the second round. The team signing the free agent will forfeit a pick. If the team is drafting in the first ten picks of the first round, they will lose their second-highest pick. Otherwise, the team will lose their highest-pick. For each compensation eligible free agent signed, the team will forfeit their next-highest pick.
First overall pick history
The table below lists the first overall picks from each draft from 1995 to 2018.
|1995||Dan Robinson||RHP||California Tidals||College||UBC||Canada||$3,520,000|
|1996||Matthew Cross||RF||California Tidals||HS||(CA)||USA||$3,960,000|
|1997||Phil "Bucket" Jenkins||RHP||California Tidals||HS||(CA)||USA||$4,895,000|
|1998||Jesse Nelson||2B||Toronto Ducks||College||UBC||Canada||$3,927,000|
|1999||Kenny Reagan||CF||Denver Highlanders||College||UBC||Canada||$4,435,200|
|2000||Pirate Pete||RHP||Denver Highlanders||College||UofT||Canada||$4,065,000|
|2001||Chris Johnson||RHP||Toronto Ducks||College||UBC||Canada||$1,950,000|
|2002||Ash Wednesday||RHP||Toronto Ducks||College||UBC||Canada||$3,200,000|
|2003||Player did not sign||Not applicable|
|2004||Justin "Flamethrower" Good||2B||Kingston Battlements||College||UWO||Canada||$2,385,000|
|2005||Ron Alder||RHP||Kingston Battlements||HS||(NS)||Canada||$2,970,000|
|2006||Dave Mudhoney||SS||Boston Brawlers||HS||(IL)||USA||$3,075,000|
|2007||Judson "Fivespot" Martel||RHP||Boston Brawlers||College||UBC||Canada||$4,045,000|
|2008||Logans Run||1B||Boston Brawlers||College||Wilfred Laurier||Canada||$4,045,000|
|2009||Ian "Alley Cat" Thomas||RHP||Boston Brawlers||HS||Ruskin (MO)||USA||$3,455,000|
|2010||Marcus Cook||RHP||Denver Highlanders||College||UBC||Canada||$4,800,000|
|2011||Lowell Woodford||CF||Boston Brawlers||HS||(ON)||Canada||$4,840,000|
|2012||Chris "Bow Wow" Dow||RHP||Battle Creek Attack||HS||(BC)||Canada||$3,780,000|
|2013||Earl "Blur" MacPherson||C||Norfolk Sharks||College||Dalhousie||Canada||$4,230,000|
|2014||Ricardo "Vago" Perez||RHP||Battle Creek Attack||College||Temple||USA||$5,280,000|
|2015||Tyler "Lumpy" Mixon||RHP||Dallas Lawmen||HS||(CT)||USA||$5,740,000|
|2016||Dennis Guppy||CF||Chicoutimi Cinquantes||College||Atlantic Baptist||Canada||$6,050,000|
|2017||Ben Price||RF||Battle Creek Attack||HS||DSA (TX)||USA||$6,600,000|
|2018||Scott Cichon||LHP||Arizona Cowboys||College||Duke||USA||$3,960,000|