Postseason players all over the map

Take a closer look at the geography of this year's October participants

Postseason players all over the map

Every postseason, the baseball world bears down on the top teams, those that were fortunate enough to survive the regular season gauntlet. Of course, fans are often only familiar with the players on the club they root for, and may not realize how much they might have in common with players all over the league, such as a shared hometown, or alma mater.

With that in mind, here's an introduction to some key players you'll probably be hearing from this October, to help you peruse where they come from, and how they got to where they are.

California
The South
Dominican Republic
Florida
Upper Midwest
Mid-Atlantic / Northeast
Texas
Pacific Northwest & Hawaii
Venezuela
Midwest and Mountains
Southwest
Other International

California
Zach Britton, Orioles (Panorama City)
Brandon Crawford, Giants (Pleasanton)
C.J. Cron, Angels (Fullerton)
Danny Duffy, Royals (Goletta)
Doug Fister, Nationals (Merced)
Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers (San Diego)
Dan Haren, Dodgers (Monterey Park)
Adam Jones, Orioles (San Diego)
Mike Moustakas, Royals (Los Angeles)
Bud Norris, Orioles (Greenbrae)
Sergio Romo, Giants (Brawley)
James Shields, Royals (Newhall)
Stephen Strasburg, Nationals (San Diego)
Chris Tillman, Orioles (Anaheim)
Justin Turner, Dodgers (Long Beach)
Jason Vargas, Royals (Apple Valley)
Jered Weaver, Angels (Northridge)
C.J. Wilson, Angels (Newport Beach)
Ned Yost, Royals (Eureka)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Gerrit Cole, Pirates (Newport Beach)
Coco Crisp, Athletics (Los Angeles)
Jonny Gomes, Athletics (Petaluma)
John Holdzkom, Pirates (Pasadena)
Bob Melvin, Athletics (Menlo Park)

South
Madison Bumgarner, Giants (Hudson, N.C.)
Tyler Clippard, Nationals (Lexington, Ky.)
Collin Cowgill, Angels (Lexington, Ky.)
Jarrod Dyson, Royals (McComb, Miss.)
Josh Hamilton, Angels (Raleigh, N.C.)
Greg Holland, Royals (Morganton, N.C.)
Tim Hudson, Giants (Auburn, Ga.)
Torii Hunter, Tigers (Pine Bluff, Ark.)
Caleb Joseph, Orioles (Nashville, Tenn.)
Jake Peavy, Giants (Semmes, Ala.)
Buster Posey, Giants (Leesburg, Ga.)
David Price, Tigers (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Justin Verlander, Tigers (Manakin, Va.)
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals (Brunswick, Ga.)
Josh Willingham, Royals (Florence, Ala.)
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals (Washington, N.C.)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Josh Donaldson, Athletics (Daphne, Ala.)
Sonny Gray, Athletics (Smyrna, Tenn.)
Brandon Moss, Athletics (Loganville, Ga.)
Josh Reddick, Athletics (Guyton, Ga.)

Dominican Republic
Erick Aybar, Angels (Bani)
Santiago Casilla, Giants (Palenque)
Alejandro De Aza, Orioles (Guaymate, La Romana)
Kelvin Herrera, Royals (Tenares)
Carlos Martinez, Cardinals (Puerta Plata)
Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals (Santiago)
Albert Pujols, Angels (Santo Domingo)
Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers (Samana)
Rafael Soriano, Nationals (Boca Chica)
Oscar Taveras, Cardinals (Puera Plata)
Juan Uribe, Dodgers (Palenque)
Yordano Ventura, Royals (Samana)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Francisco Liriano, Pirates (San Cristobal)
Starling Marte, Pirates (Santo Domingo)
Gregory Polanco, Pirates (Santo Domingo)
Edinson Volquez, Pirates (Barahona)

Florida
Alex Avila, Tigers (Hialeah)
Bruce Bochy, Giants (Melbourne)
Billy Butler, Royals (Orange Park)
Lorenzo Cain, Royals (Madison)
Nick Castellanos, Tigers (Davie)
Wade Davis, Royals (Lake Wales)
Ian Desmond, Nationals (Sarasota)
Gio Gonzalez, Nationals (Miami)
Dee Gordon, Dodgers (Windermere)
Zack Greinke, Dodgers (Orlando)
Eric Hosmer, Royals (South Miami)
Jon Jay, Cardinals (Miami)
Howie Kendrick, Angels (Jacksonville)
J.D. Martinez, Tigers (Miami)
Michael Morse, Giants (Ft. Lauderdale)
Steve Pearce, Orioles (Lakeland)
Buck Showalter, Orioles (DeFuniak Springs)
Denard Span, Nationals (Tampa)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (Ft. Meade)

Upper Midwest
Peter Bourjos, Cardinals (Park Ridge, Ill.)
Lance Lynn, Cardinals (Marion County, Ind.)
Mike Matheny, Cardinals (Reynoldsburg, Ohio)
Don Mattingly, Dodgers (Evansville, Ind.)
Pat Neshek, Cardinals (Madison, Wis.)
Tanner Roark, Nationals (Wilmington, Ill.)
Matt Shoemaker, Angels (Wyandotte, Mich.)
Joe Smith, Angels (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Drew Storen, Nationals (Brownsburg, Ind.)
Michael Wacha, Cardinals (Iowa City, Iowa)
Jayson Werth, Nationals (Springfield, Ill.)
Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals (Auburndale, Wis.)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Ike Davis, Pirates (Edina, Minn.)
Josh Harrison, Pirates (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Clint Hurdle, Pirates (Big Rapids, Mich.)
Jeff Samardzija, Athletics (Valparaiso, Ind.)
Tony Watson, Pirates (Sioux City, Iowa)

Mid-Atlantic/Northeast  
Matt Adams, Cardinals (Philipsburg, Pa.)
Brad Ausmus, Tigers (Cheshire, Conn.)
Rajai Davis, Tigers (Norwich, Conn.)
Ryan Flaherty, Orioles (Portland, Maine)
Chris Iannetta, Angels (Providence, R.I.)
Nick Markakis, Orioles (Glen Cove, N.Y.)
Joe Nathan, Tigers (Pine Bush, N.Y.)
Joe Panik, Giants (New York, N.Y.)
Rick Porcello, Tigers (Morristown, N.J.)
Hector Santiago, Angels (Newark, N.J.)
Mike Scioscia, Angels (Upper Darby, Pa.)
Mike Trout, Angels (Vineland, N.J.)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Sean Doolittle, Athletics (Tabernacle, N.J.)
Sam Fuld, Athletics (Durham, N.H.)
Charlie Morton, Pirates (Flemington, N.J.)
Neil Walker, Pirates (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Other international
Nori Aoki, Royals (Hyu-ga, Miyazaki, Japan)
Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles (Kaohsiung City, Taiwan)
Miguel Gonzalez, Orioles (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico)
Kenley Jansen, Dodgers (Willemstad, Curacao)
Yadier Molina, Cardinals (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
Yasiel Puig, Dodgers (Cienfuegos, Cuba)
Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (Incheon, South Korea)
Jonathan Schoop, Orioles (Willemstad, Curacao)
Joakim Soria, Tigers (Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Russell Martin, Pirates (East York, Ontario, Canada)

Texas
Brandon Belt, Giants (Nacogdoches)
Matt Carpenter, Cardinals (Galveston)
Carl Crawford, Dodgers (Houston)
David Freese, Angels (Corpus Christi)
Kelly Johnson, Orioles (Austin)
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers (Dallas)
Shelby Miller, Cardinals (Houston)
Hunter Pence, Giants (Ft. Worth)
Anthony Rendon, Nationals (Houston)
Huston Street, Angels (Austin)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Adam Dunn, Athletics (Houston)
Scott Kazmir, Athletics (Houston)

Venezuela
Asdrubal Cabrera, Nationals (Puerto La Cruz)
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (Maracay)
Nelson Cruz, Orioles (Las Matas de Santa Cruz, Monte Cristi)
Omar Infante, Royals (Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui)
Victor Martinez, Tigers (Ciudad Bolivar)
Salvador Perez, Royals (Valencia)
Yusmeiro Petit, Giants (Maracaibo)
Wilson Ramos, Nationals (Valencia)
Pablo Sandoval, Giants (Carabobo)
Eugenio Suarez, Tigers (Puerto Ordaz, Bolivar)

Midwest and Mountains
A.J. Ellis, Dodgers (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
Kevin Gausman, Orioles (Centennial, Colo.)
Alex Gordon, Royals (Lincoln, Neb.)
Matt Holliday, Cardinals (Stillwater, Okla.)
Matt Kemp, Dodgers (Midwest City, Okla.)
Adam LaRoche, Nationals (Ft. Scott, Kan.)
Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Max Scherzer, Tigers (Chesterfield, Mo.)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Mark Melancon, Pirates (Arvada, Colo.)
Jordy Mercer, Pirates (Seiling, Okla.)
Derek Norris, Athletics (Goddard, Kan.)

Pacific Northwest and Hawaii  
Jeremy Guthrie, Royals (Roseburg, Ore.)
Tim Lincecum, Giants (Seattle, Wash.)
Kolten Wong, Cardinals (Hilo, Hawaii)
-- Eliminated from postseason:
Jon Lester, Athletics (Tacoma, Wash.)
Jed Lowrie, Athletics (Salem, Ore.)
Travis Snider, Pirates (Everett, Wash.)

Southwest  
Kole Calhoun, Angels (Buckeye, Ariz.)
Andre Ethier, Dodgers (Phoenix, Ariz.)
J.J. Hardy, Orioles (Tucson, Ariz.)
Bryce Harper, Nationals (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Ian Kinsler, Tigers (Tucson, Ariz.)
Matt Williams, Nationals (Carson City, Nev.)