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Mar '19 30

2019 MLB Opening Day Rosters Feature 251 Internationally-Born Players



Press release Major League Baseball

A total of 251 players represented 20 different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States on 2019 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists, Major League Baseball announced on Friday.

The 251 players born outside the U.S. (28.5%) come from a record-high pool of 882 players (749 active 25-man roster players and 133 injured, suspended or restricted Major League players) on March 28th rosters.  Opening Day and inactive list players represented 20 countries and territories by birthplace, the second-highest total behind only the record 21 countries and territories represented in 2018.  The 251 foreign-born players are the third-highest total in history, trailing 2017 (259) and 2018 (254), and the percentage of 28.5 is the fifth-highest figure in history, behind 2017 (29.8), 2005 (29.2), 2007 (29.0) and 2018 (29.0).

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with a record 102 players born outside the United States.  This marks the first time in history that any foreign country or territory has exceeded 100 players on Opening Day rosters.  In addition, Dominican-born players represent 11.6% of the pool of 882 Major Leaguers, marking the second-highest total ever behind only the 11.7 in 2007 (99 of 849).  The D.R. accounts for 40.6% of all internationally-born players on Opening Day rosters, the most ever, eclipsing the previous mark of 40.4% in 1995 (57 of 141).

Venezuela ranks second with 68 players, while Cuba places third with 19 players.  Rounding out the totals are Puerto Rico (18); Mexico (8); Japan (6); Canada (6); Curaçao (5, tied with 2014 and 2018 for its record high); South Korea (5); Colombia (4); Aruba (1); Australia (1); Brazil (1); Germany (1); Lithuania (1); Netherlands (1); Nicaragua (1); Panama (1); Taiwan (1); and the U.S. Virgin Islands (1).

The Minnesota Twins and the Pittsburgh Pirates have the most internationally-born players with a total of 14 on each roster.  They are followed by the Chicago White Sox (13), Miami Marlins (11), Tampa Bay Rays (11), New York Yankees (10), Oakland Athletics (10), Philadelphia Phillies (10) and Texas Rangers (10).  The Los Angeles Dodgers, Yankees and Athletics each have players from seven different countries and territories outside the U.S., marking the most in the Majors.  They are followed by the Atlanta Braves (5), Boston Red Sox (5), Chicago Cubs (5), Cleveland Indians (5), Houston Astros (5), Twins (5) and Rays (5).

For the 2019 season, MLB will work with 129 international media partners to broadcast games in 15 languages across 204 countries and territories.

Please see below for the complete list of foreign-born players on 2019 Opening Day rosters and inactive lists

ARUBA (1)
Bogaerts, Xander, BOS
AUSTRALIA (1)
Hendriks, Liam, OAK
BRAZIL (1)
Gomes, Yan, CLE
CANADA (6)
Martin, Russell, LAD
O’Neill, Tyler, STL
Paxton, James, NYY
Pivetta, Nick, PHI
Pompey, Dalton, TOR
Votto, Joey, CIN
COLOMBIA (4)
Alfaro, Jorge, MIA
Guerrero, Tayron, MIA
Quintana, José, CHI
Teheran, Julio, ATL
CUBA (17)
Abreu, José, CWS
Alonso, Yonder, CWS
Céspedes, Yoenis, NYM
Chapman, Aroldis, NYY
Díaz, Aledmys, HOU
Díaz, Yandy, TB
Elías, Roenis, SEA
Grandal, Yasmani, MIL
Gurriel, Lourdes Jr., TOR
Gurriel, Yuli, HOU
Heredia, Guillermo, TB
Iglesias, José, CIN
Iglesias, Raisel, CIN
López, Yoan, ARI
Martin, Leonys, CLE
Moncada, Yoán, CWS
Morales, Kendrys, OAK
Puig, Yasiel, CIN
Soler, Jorge, KC
CURAÇAO (5)
Albies, Ozzie, ATL
Jansen, Kenley, LAD
Profar, Jurickson, OAK
Schoop, Jonathan, MIN
Simmons, Andrelton, LAA
DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC (102)
Adames, Willy, TB
Alberto, Hanser, BAL
Alcantara, Sandy, MIA
Alcántara, Victor, DET
Andújar, Miguel, NYY
Araujo, Pedro, BAL
Báez, Pedro, LAD
Bautista, Gerson, SEA
Brito, Sócrates, SD
Cabrera, Melky, PIT
Canó, Robinson, NYM
Castillo, Diego, TB
Castillo, Luis, CIN
Castillo, Welington, CWS
Castro, Miguel, BAL
Castro, Starlin, MIA
Colomé, Alex, CWS
Cordero, Franchy, SD
Cruz, Nelson, MIN
Cueto, Johnny, SF
De La Cruz, Oscar, CHI
Devers, Rafael, BOS
Diaz, Miguel, SD
Difo, Wilmer, WSH
Domínguez, Seranthony, PHI
Encarnación, Edwin, SEA
Familia, Jeurys, NYM
Fernández, Julian, MIA
Franco, Maikel, PHI
García, Leury, CWS
Garcia, Luis LAA
Garcia, Yimi, LAD
Germán, Domingo, NYY
González, Erik, PIT
Guzmán, Ronald, TEX
Hernández, Marco, BOS
Hernández, Teoscar, TOR
Herrera, Kelvin, CWS
Herrera, Rosell, MIA
Jiménez, Eloy, CWS
Lagares, Juan, NYM
Lamet, Dinelson, SD
Laureano, Rámon, OAK
Leclerc, José, TEX
Liriano, Francisco, PIT
López, Reynaldo, CWS
Luciano, Elvis, TOR
Margot, Manuel, SD
Marte, Ketel, ARI
Marte, Starling, PIT
Martes, Francis, HOU
Martínez, Carlos, STL
Mazara, Nomar, TEX
Mejía, Adalberto, MIN
Mejía, Francisco, SD
Montas, Frankie, OAK
Moronta, Reyes, SF
Muñoz, Yairo, STL
Neris, Héctor, PHI
Nicasio, Juan, PHI
Nova, Iván, CWS
Núñez, Eduardo, BOS
Ozuna, Marcell, STL
Peña, Félix, LAA
Peralta, Freddy, MIL
Peralta, Wandy, CIN
Peralta, Wily, KC
Pineda, Michael, MIN
Polanco, Gregory, PIT
Polanco, Jorge, MIN
Pujols, Albert, LAA
Ramirez, Hanley, CLE
Ramírez, José, CLE
Reyes, Franmil, SD
Reyes, Pablo, PIT
Robles, Hansel, LAA
Robles, Victor, WSH
Rodney, Fernando, OAK
Rodríguez, Richard, PIT
Rosario, Amed, NYM
Rosario, Randy, CHI
Salazar, Danny, CLE
Sánchez, Gary, NYY
Sanó, Miguel, MIN
Santana, Carlos, CLE
Santana, Domingo, SEA
Santana, Edgar, PIT
Segura, Jean, PHI
Severino, Luis, NYY
Severino, Pedro, BAL
Soto, Gregory, DET
Soto, Juan, WSH
Strop, Pedro, CHI
Suero, Wander, WSH
Tapia, Raimel, COL
Tatis, Fernando Jr., SD
Ureña, José, MIA
Ureña, Richard, TOR
Valdez, Framber, HOU
Villar, Jonathan, BAL
Vizcaíno, Arodys, ATL
Vólquez, Edinson, TEX
GERMANY (1)
Kepler, Max, MIN
JAPAN (6)
Darvish, Yu, CHI
Hirano, Yoshihisa, ARI
Kikuchi, Yusei, SEA
Maeda, Kenta, LAD
Ohtani, Shohei, LAA
Tanaka, Masahiro, NYY
LITHUANIA (1)
Neverauskas, Dovydas, PIT
MEXICO (8)
Bañuelos, Manny, CWS
Cessa, Luis, NYY
Estrada, Marco, OAK
Osuna, Roberto, HOU
Pérez, Oliver, CLE
Soria, Joakim, OAK
Urías, Julio, LAD
Velázquez, Hector, BOS
NETHERLANDS (1)
Gregorius, Didi, NYY
NICARAGUA (1)
Ramírez, JC, LAA
PANAMA (1)
Camargo, Johan, ATL
PUERTO RICO (18)
Báez, Javier, CHI
Bérrios, José, MIN
Caratini, Victor, CHI
Cedeño, Xavier, CHI
Claudio, Alex, MIL
Correa, Carlos, HOU
De León, José, TB
Díaz, Edwin, NYM
Hernández, Kiké, LAD
Jiménez, Joe, DET
Lindor, Francisco, CLE
López, Jorge, KC
Maldonado, Martín, KC
Molina, Yadier, STL
Perez, Michael, TB
Pérez, Roberto, CLE
Rosario, Eddie, MIN
Vázquez, Christian, BOS
SOUTH KOREA (5)
Choi, Ji Man, TB
Choo, Shin-Soo, TEX
Kang, Jung Ho, PIT
Oh, Seunghwan, COL
Ryu, Hyun-Jin, LAD
TAIWAN (1)
Chen, Wei-Yin, MIA
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (1)
Cotton, Jharel, OAK
VENEZUELA (68)
Acuña, Ronald Jr., ATL
Adrianza, Ehire, MIN
Aguilar, Jesús, MIL
Altuve, Jose, HOU
Alvarado, José, TB
Álvarez, José, PHI
Andrus, Elvis, TEX
Arcia, Orlando, MIL
Astudillo, Willians, MIN
Avilán, Luis, NYM
Bracho, Silvino, ARI
Cabrera, Asdrúbal, TEX
Cabrera, Miguel, DET
Carrasco, Carlos, CLE
Castillo, José, SD
Cervelli, Francisco, PIT
Chacín, Jhoulys, MIL
Chirinos, Robinson, HOU
Chirinos, Yonny, TB
Contreras, Willson, CHI
Díaz, Elias, PIT
Escobar, Eduardo, ARI
Flores, Wilmer, ARI
Font, Wilmer, TB
Galvis, Freddy, TOR
García, Avisaíl, TB
Gómez, Jeanmar, TEX
Gonzalez, Marwin, MIN
Guerra, Junior, MIL
Guillorme, Luis, NYM
Hernández, César, PHI
Hernández, Félix, SEA
Herrera, Odúbel, PHI
Inciarte, Ender, ATL
López, Pablo, MIA
Márquez, German, COL
Martínez, José, STL
Méndez, Yohander, TEX
Moya, Gabriel, MIN
Narváez, Omar, SEA
Núñez, Renato, BAL
Odor, Rougned, TEX
Osuna, José, PIT
Parra, Gerardo, SF
Peralta, David, ARI
Peraza, José, CIN
Pérez, Hernán, MIL
Pérez, Martín, MIN
Perez, Salvador, KC
Petit, Yusmeiro, OAK
Piña, Manny, MIL
Prado, Martín, MIA
Ramos, Edubray, PHI
Ramos, Wilson, NYM
Rodriguez, Eduardo, BOS
Rojas, Miguel, MIA
Rondón, Héctor, HOU
Rondón, José, CWS
Sánchez, Aníbal, WSH
Sánchez, Yolmer, CWS
Sandoval, Pablo, SF
Senzatela, Antonio, COL
Solarte, Yangervis, SF
Suárez, Eugenio, CIN
Sucre, Jesús, BAL
Torres, Gleyber, NYY
Vargas, Ildemaro, ARI
Vázquez, Felipe, PIT

 




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