It is real cool you are on the cutting edge for the geographic region. The following is the rules for the Minor Leagues I cannabilized and re-wrote last year for my league. The big change this year, we switched from forced call-ups to following the 130/50 rule. Forced call-ups were a disaster. I have not made those changes yet. Enjoy. Note: this is for NL-only but can easily be changed to utilize both leagues.
Second point, I often find do more than one change a year is too much for people to process. So you may just stick with introducing the minors this year and let your boys know what you are thinking about in terms of MLB keepers. But if everyone is ready to roll, feel free to keep posting in this thread and I will holler.
VII. FARM & MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS
A. Immediately following the auction, teams shall participate in a Minor League FARM Draft. The MiL Draft will be snake with order determined by the previous year's standings. Each team maintains a Farm System of three (3) players.
1. The FARM draft will be conducted in the following order: The 5th place team ( or the first team out of the money) from the previous season shall select first, followed by the 6th thru last place team, and then the 4th thru 1st place teams. The draft will operate on a revolving basis (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 10, etc.). With 10 teams paying out 1st thru 3rd it will start with the 4th place team then following the same process.
1a. New owners will be placed at the end of the draft order in the order that they joined.
B. Players eligible to be drafted or kept as FARM players are those who have not lost their rookie eligibility (equal to or less than130AB, 50IP) and have not otherwise been legally acquired by a Roto team.
1. ONLY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS DRAFTED AS FARM PLAYERS MAY BE PLACED IN A TEAM'S FARM ROSTER.
2. Major League Rookie players maintain eligible for the main auction. Precedence states rookies in ML camp at time of the main auction have a reasonable chance of making the parent club and are eligible for auction.
3. To be eligible, Prospect must be "property" of an NL team.
C. A farm system player taken in a draft can be kept as a farm system player until the season that he is activated by his MLB team.
D. At the time activated by MLB, fantasy owner must roster the Farm player in the active roster, reserves, or be released.
1. The Farm player is then switched to a $5 Zero Year contract.
2. The FARM Draft implements a specialty seventh keeper, termed the Farm Keeper (F Keeper). Each owner retains the usual six keepers. In addition, the F1 Keeper allows each owner to protect one activated player each year developed by the Farm System. Activated farm players are marked by F0,F1, and F2 year contracts. This rule maintains the integrity of the Keeper and Farm Systems. This rule does NOT restrict keeping a second activated Farm player in a regular keeper spot.
3. A farm player who is called up during the season by his MLB team cannot be reassigned to the FARM during that season.
4. 1. When a FARM player is released by their Roto team, they become free agents and revert from a FARM contract to a regular FA contract (Year 1 @ $5 if signed, unless originally a F2 contract).
E. If a team acquires a 4th farm player in a trade that team would need to release a farm player to remain legal or include a farm player in the same trade where they acquired their 4th farm player. You may never exceed 3 farm players.
F. Farm players retained from year to year are not considered Keepers.
1. If a Farm player is retained from year to year the lowest available Farm draft pick is forfeited. I.E. Team 1 decides to keep Player X for 2013. Team 1 loses a third round Farm pick. If you keep two farm players you would lose your 3rd and 2nd round picks.
2. A minor league player not activated by his MLB is eligible as a farm system player, provided he has retained rookie status according to Major League Baseball rules.
G. Following the FARM Draft, the Reserve Draft shall take place as usual. Any prospects not taken in the MiL Draft are eligible for the reserve draft with none of the aforementioned benefits above.