First year player draft

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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

Eligibility

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 draft eligibility table
League Level Region Age ranges Elibility age(s) Approximate # of
eligble players
NCAA Division I College USA Usa.png 18-22 21-22 384
Canadian Intercollegiate College Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png 18-22 21-22 240
Pacific Rim College League College Asia-Pacific
Flag of Japan.svg.png Flag of south korea-svg .png Australian Flag.png Flag of New Zealand.svg.png 125px-Flag of the Philippines.svg.png
18-22 21-22 240
Can-Am College League College
(Junior)
US-Canada (and others)
Usa.png Flag of Canada.svg.png United kingdom.png Bahamas.png
18-22 18-22 720
Nor-Am High School League High school North America
Usa.png Flag of Canada.svg.png Mexico-flag.png
15-18 18 240

Draft order

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.

Negotiating rights

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.

Due to recent changes in the CBA, drafted players may not sign a major-league contract. They must, at least initially, be signed to a minor league contract.

Compensatory picks

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.

Year Name Pos. Team Level School Country Bonus
1995 Dan Robinson RHP California Tidals College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $3,520,000
1996 Matthew Cross RF California Tidals HS (CA) USA Usa.png $3,960,000
1997 Phil "Bucket" Jenkins RHP California Tidals HS (CA) USA Usa.png $4,895,000
1998 Jesse Nelson 2B Toronto Ducks College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $3,927,000
1999 Kenny Reagan CF Denver Highlanders College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,435,200
2000 Pirate Pete RHP Denver Highlanders College UofT Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,065,000
2001 Chris Johnson RHP Toronto Ducks College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $1,950,000
2002 Ash Wednesday RHP Toronto Ducks College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $3,200,000
2003 Player did not sign Not applicable
2004 Justin "Flamethrower" Good 2B Kingston Battlements College UWO Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $2,385,000
2005 Ron Alder RHP Kingston Battlements HS (NS) Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $2,970,000
2006 Dave Mudhoney SS Boston Brawlers HS (IL) USA Usa.png $3,075,000
2007 Judson "Fivespot" Martel[1] RHP Boston Brawlers College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,045,000
2008 Logans Run[2] 1B Boston Brawlers College Wilfred Laurier Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,045,000
2009 Ian "Alley Cat" Thomas RHP Boston Brawlers HS Ruskin (MO) USA Usa.png $3,455,000
2010 Marcus Cook RHP Denver Highlanders College UBC Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,800,000
2011 Lowell Woodford CF Boston Brawlers HS (ON) Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,840,000
2012 Chris "Bow Wow" Dow RHP Battle Creek Attack HS (BC) Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $3,780,000
2013 Earl "Blur" MacPherson[3] C Norfolk Sharks College Dalhousie Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $4,230,000
2014 Ricardo "Vago" Perez RHP Battle Creek Attack College Temple USA Usa.png $5,280,000
2015 Tyler "Lumpy" Mixon RHP Dallas Lawmen HS (CT) USA Usa.png $5,740,000
2016 Dennis Guppy[4] CF Chicoutimi Cinquantes College Atlantic Baptist Canada Flag of Canada.svg.png $6,050,000
2017 Ben Price[5] RF Battle Creek Attack HS DSA (TX) USA Usa.png $6,600,000
2018 Scott Cichon[6] LHP Arizona Cowboys College Duke USA Usa.png $3,960,000

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