Opening Day rosters feature 254 players born outside the U.S.

A total of 254 players represented an all-time record 21 different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States on 2018 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists, marking another year of unprecedented diversity on Major League rosters, Major League Baseball announced today.

March 30th, 2018

A total of 254 players represented an all-time record 21 different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States on 2018 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists, marking another year of unprecedented diversity on Major League rosters, Major League Baseball announced today.

The 254 players born outside the U.S. (29.0 percent) come from a record-high pool of 877 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 127 disabled, suspended, restricted or paternity leave Major League players) on March 29th rosters. Opening Day and inactive list players represented a record-high 21 countries and territories by birthplace. The previous mark of 19 countries and territories represented on Opening Day rosters and inactive lists came in 2017. The 254 foreign-born players are the second-highest total in history, trailing last year's 259, and the percentage of 29.0 is tied with 2007 for the third-highest figure in history, behind only 29.8 in 2017 and 29.2 in 2005.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 84 players born outside the United States. Venezuela ranks second with 74 players, while Puerto Rico places third with 19 players, its highest total since there were 20 in 2011. Rounding out the totals are Cuba (17); Mexico (11); Japan (8); Canada (6); South Korea (6); Colombia (5, eclipsing the previous high of four from 2013-2015); Curaçao (5, tied with 2014 for its record high); Australia (3), Brazil (3, eclipsing the previous high of two from 2015-2017); Nicaragua (3); Panama (3), Aruba (1); Germany (1); Lithuania (1); Netherlands (1); South Africa (1); Taiwan (1); and the U.S. Virgin Islands (1). Toronto's Gift Ngoepe, a native of Pietersburg, South Africa, is the first South African-born player, as well as the first born in the continent of Africa, to make an Opening Day roster. Pittsburgh's Dovydas Neverauskas, a native of Vilnius, Lithuania, is the first Lithuanian-born player to appear on an Opening Day roster in Major League history. Both players made their Major League debuts in 2017.

For the second consecutive season, the Texas Rangers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on a roster that spans five different countries and territories outside the U.S. Texas is followed by the Chicago White Sox (13), Miami Marlins (12), Minnesota Twins (11), Philadelphia Phillies (11) and Toronto Blue Jays (11). The Los Angeles Dodgers have players from eight different countries and territories outside the U.S., marking the most in the Majors. They are followed by the Atlanta Braves (7), Marlins (7) and Seattle Mariners (7).

Please see below for the complete list of foreign-born players on 2018 Opening Day rosters and inactive lists:

ARUBA (1)

Bogaerts, Xander, BOS

AUSTRALIA (3)

Hendriks, Liam, OAK

Moylan, Peter, ATL

Saupold, Warwick, DET

BRAZIL (3)

Gohara, Luiz, ATL

Gomes, Yan, CLE

Orlando, Paulo, KC

CANADA (6)

Axford, John, TOR

Martin, Russell, TOR

Paxton, James, SEA

Pivetta, Nick, PHI

Pompey, Dalton, TOR

Votto, Joey, CIN

COLOMBIA (5)

Alfaro, Jorge, PHI

Guerrero, Tayron, MIA

Quintana, José, CHI

Teheran, Julio, ATL

Urshela, Giovany, CLE

CUBA (17)

Abreu, José, CWS

Alonso, Yonder, CLE

Céspedes, Yoenis, NYM

Chapman, Aroldis, NYY

Despaigne, Odrisamer, MIA

Díaz, Aledmys, TOR

Grandal, Yasmani, LAD

Gurriel, Yuli, HOU

Hechavarria, Adeiny, TB

Heredia, Guillermo, SEA

Iglesias, José, DET

Iglesias, Raisel, CIN

Martin, Leonys, DET

Moncada, Yoán, CWS

Morales, Kendrys, TOR

Puig, Yasiel, LAD

Soler, Jorge, KC

 

CURAÇAO (5)

Albies, Ozzie, ATL

Jansen, Kenley, LAD

Profar, Jurickson, TEX

Schoop, Jonathan, BAL

Simmons, Andrelton, LAA

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (84)

Álvarez, Pedro, BAL

Araujo, Pedro, BAL

Báez, Pedro, LAD

Beltré, Adrián, TEX

Benoit, Joaquin, WSH

Bonifacio, Jorge, KC

Canó, Robinson, SEA

Casilla, Santiago, OAK

Castillo, Luis, CIN

Castillo, Welington, CWS

Castro, Miguel, BAL

Castro, Starlin, MIA

Colomé, Alex, TB

Cordero, Franchy, SD

Cruz, Nelson, SEA

Cueto, Johnny, SF

Devers, Rafael, BOS

Difo, Wilmer, WSH

Encarnacion, Edwin, CLE

Estévez, Carlos, COL

Familia, Jeurys, NYM

Feliz, Michael, PIT

Fernández, Julian, SF

Florimón, Pedro, PHI

Franco, Maikel, PHI

García, Jarlin, MIA

García, Leury, CWS

García, Luis, PHI

García, Yimi, LAD

Gomez, Carlos, TB

Gómez, Roberto, SF

González, Erik, CLE

Gustave, Jandel, HOU

Hernandez, Marco, BOS

Herrera, Kelvin, KC

Lagares, Juan, NYM

Lamet, Dinelson, SD

Leclerc, José, TEX

Liriano, Francisco, DET

López, Reynaldo, CWS

Margot, Manuel, SD

Marte, Jefry, LAA

Marte, Ketel, ARI

Marte, Starling, PIT

Martínez, Carlos, STL

Mazara, Nomar, TEX

Minaya, Juan, CWS

Montero, Rafael, NYM

Moronta, Reyes, SF

Muñoz, Yairo, STL

Neris, Héctor, PHI

Nicasio, Juan, SEA

Nova, Ivan, PIT

Núñez, Eduardo, BOS

Ozuna, Marcell, STL

Peña, Francisco, STL

Peralta, Wandy, CIN

Perdomo, Luis, SD

Pineda, Michael, MIN

Polanco, Gregory, PIT

Polanco, Jorge, MIN

Pujols, Albert, LAA

Ramirez, Hanley, BOS

Ramírez, José, ATL

Ramírez, José, CLE

Reed, Raudy, WSH

Reyes, José, NYM

Rodney, Fernando, MIN

Romero, Enny, WSH

Rosario, Amed, NYM

Salazar, Danny, CLE

Sánchez, Gary, NYY

Sanó, Miguel, MIN

Santana, Carlos, PHI

Santana, Domingo, MIL

Santana, Edgar, PIT

Santana, Ervin, MIN

Segura, Jean, SEA

Severino, Luis, NYY

Strop, Pedro, CHI

Ureña, José, MIA

Villar, Jonathan, MIL

Vizcaíno, Arodys, ATL

Ynoa, Gabriel, BAL

 

GERMANY (1)

Kepler, Max, MIN

 

JAPAN (8)

Darvish, Yu, CHI

Hirano, Yoshihisa, ARI

Maeda, Kenta, LAD

Makita, Kazuhisa, SD

Ohtani, Shohei, LAA

Suzuki, Ichiro, SEA

Tanaka, Masahiro, NYY

Tazawa, Junichi, MIA

 

LITHUANIA (1)

Neverauskas, Dovydas, PIT

MEXICO (11)

Arano, Víctor, PHI

De La Rosa, Jorge, ARI

Estrada, Marco, TOR

García, Jaime, TOR

González, Miguel, CWS

Osuna, Roberto, TOR

Salas, Fernando, ARI

Soria, Joakim, CWS

Urías, Julio, LAD

Velázquez, Hector, BOS

Villanueva, Christian, SD

 

NETHERLANDS (1)

Gregorius, Didi, NYY

 

NICARAGUA (3)

Cuthbert, Cheslor, KC

Ramírez, Erasmo, SEA

Ramírez, JC, LAA

PANAMA (3)

Camargo, Johan, ATL

Córdoba, Allen, SD

Delgado, Randall, ARI

 

PUERTO RICO (19)

Báez, Javier, CHI

Berríos, José, MIN

Caratini, Victor, CHI

Centeno, Juan, TEX

Claudio, Alex, TEX

Correa, Carlos, HOU

De León, José, TB

Díaz, Edwin, SEA

González, Rayan, COL

Hernández, Kiké, LAD

Jiménez, Joe, DET

Lindor, Francisco, CLE

Maldonado, Martín, LAA

Molina, Yadier, STL

Pérez, Roberto, CLE

Rivera, René, LAA

Rivera, Yadiel, MIA

Rosario, Eddie, MIN

Vázquez, Christian, BOS

SOUTH AFRICA (1)

Ngoepe, Gift, TOR

 

SOUTH KOREA (6)

Choi, Ji-Man, MIL

Choo, Shin-Soo, TEX

Kang, Jung Ho, PIT

Oh, Seung-Hwan, TOR

Refsnyder, Rob, TB

Ryu, Hyun-Jin, LAD

TAIWAN (1)

Chen, Wei-Yin, MIA

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (1)

Cotton, Jharel, OAK

 

VENEZUELA (74)

Adrianza, Ehire, MIN

Aguilar, Jesús, MIL

Altuve, Jose, HOU

Alvarado, José, TB

Álvarez, José, LAA

Andrus, Elvis, TEX

Arcia, Orlando, MIL

Asuaje, Carlos, SD

Avilán, Luis, CWS

Blanco, Gregor, SF

Cabrera, Asdrúbal, NYM

Cabrera, Miguel, DET

Carrasco, Carlos, CLE

Cervelli, Francisco, PIT

Chacín, Jhoulys, MIL

Chirinos, Robinson, TEX

Chirinos, Yonny, TB

Contreras, Willson, CHI

Díaz, Elias, PIT

Escobar, Alcides, KC

Escobar, Eduardo, MIN

Flores, Wilmer, NYM

Font, Wilmer, LAD

Galvis, Freddy, SD

García, Avisaíl, CWS

González, Carlos, COL

Gonzalez, Marwin, HOU

Hernández, César, PHI

Hernandez, Elieser, MIA

Hernández, Félix, SEA

Hernández, Gorkys, SF

Herrera, Odúbel, PHI

Herrera, Ronald, TEX

Inciarte, Ender, ATL

Infante, Gregory, CWS

Leon, Sandy, BOS

Machado, Dixon, DET

Márquez, German, COL

Martínez, José, STL

Martinez, Victor, DET

Montero, Miguel, WSH

Moya, Gabriel, MIN

Narváez, Omar, CWS

Núñez, Renato, OAK

Odor, Rougned, TEX

Parra, Gerardo, COL

Peralta, David, ARI

Peraza, José, CIN

Pérez, Hernán, MIL

Pérez, Martin, TEX

Perez, Salvador, KC

Petit, Yusmeiro, OAK

Piña, Manny, MIL

Pirela, Jose, SD

Prado, Martín, MIA

Ramos, Edubray, PHI

Ramos, Wilson, TB

Reyes, Victor, DET

Rivero, Felipe, PIT

Rodriguez, Eduardo, BOS

Rodríguez, Ricardo, TEX

Rojas, Miguel, MIA

Rondón, Héctor, HOU

Sánchez, Yolmer, CWS

Sandoval, Pablo, SF

Santander, Anthony, BAL

Senzatela, Antonio, COL

Solarte, Yangervis, TOR

Suárez, Eugenio, CIN

Sucre, Jesús, TB

Telis, Tomás, MIA

Tocci, Carlos, TEX

Torreyes, Ronald, NYY

Valbuena, Luis, LAA