Now that the season is over, the tentative order for first round of next year's Rule 4 Amateur Draft is set and the Cubs will pick ninth. It will be the fifth straight year that the Cubs pick in the top ten, but it will be the lowest position the team will draft in since 2011, when they also had the ninth pick and selected Javier Baez.
The win on Sunday did cost the Cubs one spot in the draft order, as their 73-89 record tied them with the White Sox and Phillies for seventh-worst in the majors. The tiebreaker in such situations is the team's record the season before, so the White Sox pick before the Cubs on the basis of their 2013 record. Likewise, the Cubs' record in 2013 allows them to pick before the Phillies.
The Cubs drop one more spot from eighth to ninth as the second pick in the draft goes to the Astros for their failure to sign this season's number one pick Brady Aiken.
The amount of slot money that goes with each pick has yet to be determined, but last year the ninth pick in the draft was worth $3.080,800 in bonus pool money.
The first ten picks in the draft are:
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Houston Astros (for failing to sign Brady Aiken)
- Colorado Rockies
- Texas Rangers
- Houston Astros
- Minnesota Twins
- Boston Red Sox
- Chicago White Sox
- Philadelphia Phillies
All ten of these picks are "protected," meaning that they are not forfeited for signing a free agent who has been given a qualifying offer by his previous team. If one of these teams signs such a free agent, they would forfeit their second-round pick instead.
The overall draft order could change because of free agent signings, but these ten picks are locked in and will not change.
The team on the outside of the top ten looking in are the Reds, who will pick 11th. (Edit: As noted in the comments, they changed the rules for next season so that the Reds pick is now protected. The Marlins are now the team on the outside looking in at number 12.)
The first round of the draft will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015.