Opening Day Rosters Feature 230 Players Born Outside the U.S.

26.5 Percent of Players Born Outside the U.S., Spanning 17 Countries and Territories

Two-hundred and thirty players on 2015 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States, Major League Baseball announced today.

The 230 players born outside the U.S. (26.5 percent) come from the pool of 868 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 118 disabled or restricted Major League players) on April 5th rosters and represent 17 countries and territories outside the U.S., the most since 2001, when there were also 17 represented. Opening Day rosters also featured 17 countries and territories in 1997 and 1999, and a record 18 in 1998.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 83 players born outside the United States. Venezuela ranks second with 65 players, marking its second-highest total of all-time behind 2012 (66). Cuba places third with 18 players, also marking its second-highest total of all-time behind 2014 (19). Rounding out the totals are Puerto Rico (13); Canada (9); Japan (9); Mexico (9); Colombia (4, matching its previous high set in 2013 and 2014); Curaçao (4); Panama (4); South Korea (3); Australia (2); Brazil (2, surpassing its previous high of one set in 2014); Nicaragua (2); Aruba (1); the Netherlands (1, matching its previous high set in 1996, 1998, 2008, 2009 and 2013); and Taiwan (1). Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes, who became the first Brazilian-born player to make an Opening Day roster in 2014, is joined on the 2015 Opening Day rosters by fellow countryman and Kansas City Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando, giving Brazil multiple players on Opening Day rosters for the first time in Major League history. New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is the first player from the Netherlands to appear on an Opening Day roster since Florida's Rick Vandenhurk in 2009. 

For the second consecutive season, the Texas Rangers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 15 on a roster that spans a Major League-best eight different countries and territories outside the U.S. - Cuba, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Venezuela. The Toronto Blue Jays have the next highest at 12, followed by the Boston Red Sox (11), Detroit Tigers (10), Kansas City Royals (10), Los Angeles Dodgers (10) and Milwaukee Brewers (10). The Pittsburgh Pirates have the most players from one nation outside the U.S. with seven Dominican players. The Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies have six Venezuelan players apiece, while the Brewers have six Dominican players.  

Please see below for the complete list of foreign-born players on 2015 Opening Day rosters.

ARUBA (1)

Bogaerts, Xander, BOS

 

AUSTRALIA (2)

Balfour, Grant, TB

Hendriks, Liam, TOR

 

BRAZIL (2)

Gomes, Yan, CLE

Orlando, Paulo, KC

 

CANADA (9)

Axford, John, COL

Henderson, Jim, MIL

Lawrie, Brett, OAK

Martin, Russell, TOR

Morneau, Justin, COL

Paxton, James, SEA

Pompey, Dalton, TOR

Saunders, Michael, TOR

Votto, Joey, CIN

Axford, John, COL

 

COLOMBIA (4)

Frieri, Ernesto, TB

Quintana, Jose, CWS

Solano, Donovan, MIA

Teheran, Julio, ATL

 

CUBA (18)

Abreu, Jose, CWS

Alonso, Yonder, SD

Cespedes, Yoenis, DET

Chapman, Aroldis, CIN

Despaigne, Odrisamer, SD

Escobar, Yunel, WSH

Fernandez, Jose, MIA

Grandal, Yasmani, LAD

Guerrero, Alex, LAD

Hechavarria, Adeiny, MIA

Iglesias, Jose, DET

Iglesias, Raisel, CIN

Martin, Leonys, TEX

Morales, Kendrys, KC

Pena, Brayan, CIN

Puig, Yasiel, LAD

Ramirez, Alexei, CWS

Soler, Jorge, CHI

 

CURAÇAO (4)

Jansen, Kenley, LAD

Profar, Jurickson, TEX

Schoop, Jonathan, BAL

Simmons, Andrelton, ATL

 

DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC (83)

Abad, Fernando, OAK

Alburquerque, Al, DET

Alcantara, Arismendy, CHI

Alvarez, Pedro, PIT

Arias, Joaquin, SF

Aybar, Erick, LAA

Baez, Alberys, LAD

Bastardo, Antonio, PIT

Bautista, Jose, TOR

Beltre, Adrian, TEX

Benoit, Joaquin, SD

Bonifacio, Emilio, CWS

Bonilla, Lisalverto, TEX

Cabrera, Melky, CWS

Caminero, Arquimedes, PIT

Cano, Robinson, SEA

Casilla, Santiago, SF

Castillo, Welington, CHI

Castro, Miguel, TOR

Castro, Starlin, CHI

Colome, Alexander, TB

Colon, Bartolo, NYM

Cruz, Nelson, SEA

Cruz, Tony, STL

Cueto, Johnny, CIN

De Aza, Alejandro, BAL

De La Rosa, Rubby, ARI

Deduno, Samuel, HOU

Diaz, Jose, CIN

Encarnacion, Edwin, TOR

Familia, Jeurys, NYM

Feliz, Neftali, TEX

Garces, Frank, SD

Garcia, Luis, PHI

Garcia, Yimi, LAD

Gomez, Carlos, MIL

Gomez, Hector, MIL

Hernandez, Roberto, HOU

Herrera, Kelvin, KC

Jaime, Juan, ATL

Jimenez, Luis, MIL

Jimenez, Ubaldo, BAL

Lagares, Juan, NYM

Liriano, Francisco, PIT

Liz, Radhames, PIT

Marte, Starling, PIT

Martinez, Carlos, STL

Mejia, Jenrry, NYM

Mendez, Roman, TEX

Montero, Rafael, NYM

Nicasio, Juan, LAD

Noesi, Hector, CWS

Nova, Ivan, NYY

Nunez, Eduardo, MIN

Ogando, Alexi, BOS

Ortiz, David, BOS

Ozuna, Marcell, MIA

Paredes, Jimmy, BAL

Peralta, Jhonny, STL

Peralta, Joel, LAD

Peralta, Wily, MIL

Pineda, Michael, NYY

Polanco, Gregory, PIT

Pujols, Albert, LAA

Ramirez, Aramis, MIL

Ramirez, Hanley, BOS

Ramirez, Jose, CLE

Reyes, Jose, TOR

Rodney, Fernando, SEA

Rogers, Esmil, NYY

Rosario, Wilin, COL

Santana, Carlos, CLE

Santana, Danny, MIN

Santana, Ervin, MIN

Segura, Jean, MIL

Simon, Alfredo, DET

Strop, Pedro, CHI

Uribe, Juan, LAD

Ventura, Yordano, KC

Villanueva, Carlos, STL

Villar, Jonathan, HOU

Volquez, Edinson, KC

Ynoa, Rafael, COL

 

JAPAN (9)

Aoki, Nori, SF

Darvish, Yu, TEX

Fujikawa, Kyuji, TEX

Iwakuma, Hisashi, SEA

Suzuki, Ichiro, MIA

Tanaka, Masahiro, NYY

Tazawa, Junichi, BOS

Uehara, Koji, BOS

Wada, Tsuyoshi, CHI

 

MEXICO (9)

De La Rosa, Jorge, COL

Estrada, Marco, TOR

Gallardo, Yovani, TEX

Garcia, Jaime, STL

Gonzalez, Miguel, BAL

Osuna, Roberto, TOR

Perez, Oliver, ARI

Salas, Fernando, LAA

Soria, Joakim, DET

 

NETHERLANDS (1)

Gregorius, Didi, NYY

 

 

NICARAGUA (2)

Cabrera, Everth, BAL

Ramirez, Erasmo, TB

 

PANAMA (4)

Bethancourt, Christian, ATL

Delgado, Randall, ARI

Ruiz, Carlos, PHI

Tejada, Ruben, NYM

 

PUERTO RICO (13)

Beltran, Carlos, NYY

Cedeno, Xavier, WSH

Colon, Christian, KC

Corporan, Carlos, TEX

Lopez, Javier, SF

Maldonado, Martin, MIL

Molina, Yadier, STL

Pagan, Angel, SF

Perez, Roberto, CLE

Rivera, Rene, TB

Soto, Geovany, CWS

Vargas, Kennys, MIN

Vazquez, Christian, BOS

 

SOUTH KOREA (3)

Choo, Shin-Soo, TEX

Kang, Jung Ho, PIT

Ryu, Hyun-Jin, LAD

 

TAIWAN (1)

Chen, Wei-Yin, BAL

 

VENEZUELA (65)

Altuve, Jose, HOU

Alvarez, Henderson, MIA

Alvarez, Jose, LAA

Amarista, Alexi, SD

Andrus, Elvis, TEX

Arcia, Oswaldo, MIN

Avilan, Luis, ATL

Betancourt, Rafael, COL

Blanco, Andres, PHI

Blanco, Gregor, SF

Cabrera, Asdrubal, TB

Cabrera, Miguel, DET

Callaspo, Alberto, ATL

Carrasco, Carlos, CLE

Cervelli, Francisco, PIT

Chirinos, Robinson, TEX

Escobar, Alcides, KC

Escobar, Eduardo, MIN

Escobar, Edwin, BOS

Flores, Wilmer, NYM

Galvis, Freddy, PHI

Garcia, Avisail, CWS

Gomez, Jeanmar, PHI

Gonzalez, Carlos, COL

Gonzalez, Marwin, HOU

Hernandez, Cesar, PHI

Hernandez, Felix, SEA

Hernandez, Oscar, ARI

Herrera, David, PHI

Inciarte, Ender, ARI

Infante, Omar, KC

Izturis, Maicer, TOR

Jimenez, Cesar, PHI

Leon, Sandy, BOS

Lobaton, Jose, WSH

Machi, Jean, SF

Martinez, Victor, DET

Medina, Yoervis, SEA

Montero, Miguel, CHI

Morales, Franklin, KC

Mujica, Edward, BOS

Navarro, Dioner, TOR

Nesbitt, Angel, DET

Odor, Rougned, TEX

Parra, Gerardo, MIL

Peralta, David, ARI

Perez, Hernan, DET

Perez, Martin, TEX

Perez, Salvador, KC

Petit, Gregorio, NYY

Petit, Yusmeiro, SF

Pirela, Jose, NYY

Prado, Martin, MIA

Ramos, Wilson, WSH

Rendon, Hector, CHI

Rodriguez, Francisco, MIL

Rondon, Bruce, DET

Sanchez, Anibal, DET

Sanchez, Carlos, CWS

Sanchez, Hector, SF

Sandoval, Pablo, BOS

Solarte, Yangervis, SD

Sucre, Jesus, SEA

Torres, Alex, NYM

Valbuena, Luis, HOU