Penalty structure

Penalty category Causation circumstance
Warning Accidental infraction with negligible impact# (for cases of one or two players of 1-2 innings or 1-3 at- bats, and a first-time violation)
Minor penalty Accidental infraction of minor impact, or a repeat violator*
Significant penalty Accidental infraction of major impact
 
Minor penalty Neglectful or purposeful infraction of negligible impact#
Significant penalty Neglectful or purposeful infraction of minor impact, or a repeat violator*
Severe penalty Neglectful or purposeful infraction of major impact

*Repeat violations consider a prior 3-year span; if a team has a clean 3-year period it is no longer subject to repeat violator consideration.
# “Impact” relates primarily to standings or draft position integrity

Definitions of penalties

Penalty category Assessment range*
Warning Warning only
Minor penalty Draft pick in the ninth through 14th rounds moved to end of draft
Significant penalty Draft pick in the fourth through eighth rounds moved to end of draft
Severe penalty Draft pick in the first three rounds moved to end of draft

*Right to select a player in the affected rounds is put on hold, moved to supplemental round at the end of the draft.

As applied to 2013 infractions

Team/violation Penalty Category Assessment
South Grand Prairie had six players exceed limits; one pitcher by 9 IP, and five batters by 5, 7, 7, 10 and 21 ABs. Significant
(neglectful)
4th round; selection of pick 48 withheld til end of draft
Iowa had four players exceed limits; one pitcher by 1 IP, two batters by 1 AB and one batter by 10 AB. Minor(neglectful) 10th round; selection of pick 139 withheld til end of draft
Hickory had one pitcher exceed his IP limit by 1.2 in September with computer manager Hal at the helm; repeat violation (2012). Minor
(accidental/repeat)
13th round; selection of pick 189 withheld til end of draft
Margaritaville used a position player to pitch two innings in a lopsided loss in which multiple crashes may have led to the unavailability of two eligible relief pitchers, but other relief pitchers were available. Violates Article II, Section B, Rule 3. Minor
(purposeful)
13th round; selection of pick 195 withheld til end of draft
Chatfield had two pitchers exceed their IP limits by 2.1 and 2 in September with computer manager Hal at the helm; first-time violation. Warning
Superior started Yasmani Grandal at 1B, a position he was uncarded for, in three games, all losses. Warning

As applied to 2014 infractions

Team/violation Penalty Category Assessment
Hickory’s Alex Avila exceeded his AB limit by 1. (repeat, 2012 and 2013) Minor
(accidental/repeat violator)
12th round; selection of pick 167 withheld til end of draft
Margaritaville’s Seth Maness exceeded his IP limit by 1. (repeat, 2013) Minor
(accidental/repeat violator)
12th round; selection of pick 176 withheld til end of draft
South Grand Prairie’s Yasiel Puig exceeded his AB limit by 1. (repeat, 2013) Minor
(accidental/repeat violator)
12th round; selection of pick 179 withheld til end of draft
Springfield’s Brett Gardner exceeded his AB limit by 1. Warning
(accidental/negligible)
Satellite Beach’s Danny Valencia exceeded his AB limit by 2 Warning (accidental/negligible)

As applied to 2016 infractions

Team/violation Penalty Category Assessment
Destin OF Ryan Braun exceeded his AB limit by 16 and SP Gerrit Cole exceeded his IP limit by 1. Minor
(neglectful)
13th round; selection of pick 191 withheld til end of draft (plus earlier forfeit)
Applegate SP Stephen Strasburg exceeded his IP limit by 1. Warning
(accidental/negligible)
Dyersville P Dellin Bettances exceeded his IP limit by 2 and P Shawn Kelley exceeded his IP limit by 1. Warning
(accidental/negligible)
West Atlanta OF Juan Lagares exceeded his AB limit by 3. Warning
(accidental/negligible)

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