Baseball Players from Illinois

Current Pro Baseball Players from Illinois (MLB 2023)

Baseball Players, and athletes of all sports really, take pride in where they’re from. Whether it’s the state, city or area code – you always notice players wanting to rep their home area.

Fans tend to do the same thing. It’s always more fun to pull for a player when they’re from your home state (or even your hometown), especially when that player also happens to be playing on your favorite team.

With all that in mind, we went through and pulled the home states (or countries) of every player on the 40-man rosters for each team.

We found 22 players from the state of Illinois, the 6th most of any state. It’s probably not surprising that Chicago is the most represented city with 6 guys. Only two other cities, Naperville and Park Ridge have more than 1.

MLB Players from Illinois

Here are the 22 guys representing the state of Illinois on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.

Alek ThomasChicagoDiamondbacks
Brent SuterChicagoRockies
Brock BurkeChicagoRangers
Carson KellyChicagoDiamondbacks
Colin HoldermanBourbannaisPirates
Collin McHughNapervilleBraves
Danny JansenElmhurstBlue Jays
Dylan DoddElk GroveBraves
Jack SuwinskiChicagoPirates
Jake CousinsPark RidgeBrewers
Jake OdorizziBreeseRangers
Luke WilliamsPark RidgeDodgers
Michael MasseyPalos ParkRoyals
Nick MatonChathamTigers
Nick SolakWoodridgeBraves
Nicky LopezNapervilleRoyals
Reid DetmersNokomisAngels
Ryan NodaVoloAs
Rylan BannonJolietAstros
Seth BeerMaryvilleDiamondbacks
Trevor RichardsAvistonBlue Jays
Tyler AlexanderChicagoTigers

Player Bios

Here is a little more background info for a couple of the standout players from the state of Illinois.

Collin McHugh

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Collin McHugh, from Naperville, Illinois, has crafted a versatile career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball. McHugh’s journey began at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Georgia, followed by his time at Berry College in Georgia.

Drafted in the 18th round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the New York Mets, McHugh has played for several teams, including the Mets, Colorado Rockies, and Houston Astros. He is known for his effective curveball and slider, serving both as a starter and reliever throughout his career.

His time with the Astros was particularly noteworthy, contributing to their 2017 World Series championship team. McHugh’s adaptability and effective pitching, highlighted by solid ERA and strikeout numbers, have been key aspects of his career.

Brent Suter

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Brent Suter, born in Chicago, Illinois, has emerged as a valuable pitcher in Major League Baseball, particularly with the Milwaukee Brewers. Suter attended Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and then Harvard University, where he played college baseball.

Drafted in the 31st round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Brewers, Suter has become known for his efficient pitching and ability to fill various roles, including starter and reliever.

His control and pitch variety, including a low-velocity fastball and effective changeup, have allowed him to be effective against both right and left-handed batters. Suter’s intelligence and versatility on the mound make him a unique and valuable asset to the Brewers’ pitching staff.

Hall of Fame Players from Illinois

In addition to the current players from Illinois, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame:

NameCityInduction Year
Jim ThomePeoria2018
Hank O’DayChicago2013
Whitey HerzogNew Athens2010
Rickey HendersonChicago2009
Kirby PuckettChicago2001
Robin YountDanville1999
Bill VeeckChicago1991
Al BarlickSpringfield1989
Red SchoendienstGermantown1989
Warren GilesTiskilwa1979
Robin RobertsSpringfield1976
Freddie LindstromChicago1976
Jocko ConlanChicago1974
Jim BottomleyOglesby1974
Billy EvansChicago1973
Will HarridgeChicago1972
Lou BoudreauHarvey1970
Red RuffingGranville1967
Ray SchalkHarvel1955
Ed BarrowSpringfield1953
Joe McGinnityCornwall Township1946
Al SpaldingByron1939
Charles ComiskeyChicago1939


The state of California (by quite a bit) has the most current baseball players of any state with 189.

Second most was Florida with 89, followed by Texas (78), New York (42) and Georgia (40).

The Dominican Republic has 120 players currently in major league baseball which is incredibly impressive considering the country has a total population of only 11 million people. By comparison, the state of California has a population of 39 million and the state of Florida has a population of almost 22 million.

Other States

We are slowly but surely getting all the states published from the data we collected. Here are a few of the other states we currently have available.

MLB Players from Georgia

MLB Players from Colorado

MLB Players from Idaho

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