Baseball Players from Massachusetts

Current Pro Baseball Players from Massachusetts (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 7 players from the state of Massachusetts on major league rosters which may not sound like a lot, but it places the northeast state in a tie for 29th overall with Connecticut and Kentucky. As far as individual cities, over half of the players (4) from Massachusetts represent the city of Boston.

MLB Players from Massachusetts

Here are the 7 guys representing the state of Maryland on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.

Alex CobbBostonGiants
Jared ShusterNew BedfordBraves
John BrebbiaBostonGiants
Mike YastrzemskiAndoverGiants
Nick AhmedEast LongmeadowDiamondbacks
Packy NaughtonBostonCardinals
Rich HillBostonPirates

Player Bios

Here is a little more info on a few of the standout players from the state of Massachusetts.

Alex Cobb

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Alex Cobb, originally from Boston, Massachusetts, has established himself as a reliable starting pitcher in Major League Baseball. Cobb’s journey in baseball began at Vero Beach High School in Florida, followed by his selection in the 4th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

Known for his effective split-changeup and solid control, Cobb has been a consistent presence in the rotations of teams like the Rays, Baltimore Orioles, and Los Angeles Angels.

His career highlights include a strong ERA, the ability to induce ground balls, and a knack for pitching deep into games, showcasing his durability and skill as a starting pitcher.

Nick Ahmed

Hometown: East Longmeadow, Massachusetts

Nick Ahmed, hailing from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, has made a name for himself as a standout shortstop in Major League Baseball. Ahmed’s baseball career began at East Longmeadow High School and continued at the University of Connecticut.

Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves and later traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ahmed has become known for his exceptional defensive skills, winning multiple Gold Glove Awards.

Along with his defensive prowess, Ahmed has contributed offensively, showing the ability to hit for power and drive in runs, making him a well-rounded player in the Diamondbacks’ lineup.

Rich Hill

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Rich Hill, another Boston, Massachusetts native, has had a unique and enduring career as a pitcher in Major League Baseball. Hill’s path to the majors included playing baseball at Milton High School in Massachusetts and then at the University of Michigan.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2002 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, Hill has played for numerous teams, showcasing his resilience and adaptability. Known for his exceptional curveball, Hill has maintained effectiveness well into his late 30s and early 40s, a testament to his skill and longevity.

His career has been marked by periods of dominance, including high strikeout games and a very competitive ERA, making him one of the more intriguing pitchers of his generation.

Hall of Fame Players from Massachusetts

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

NameCityInduction Year
Jeff BagwellBoston2017
Tom GlavineConcord2014
Frank GrantPittsfield2006
Leo DurocherWest Springfield1994
Joe KelleyCambridge1971
Tim KeefeCambridge1964
John ClarksonCambridge1963
Rabbit MaranvilleSpringfield1954
Pie TraynorFramingham1948
Mickey CochraneBridgewater1947
Tommy McCarthyBoston1946
Jack ChesbroNorth Adams1946
Wilbert RobinsonBolton1945
Candy CummingsWare1939
Connie MackBrookfield1937

Baseball Hometown Fun Facts

California, by far, has the most current MLB players of any state with 189.

The second most was the state of Florida with 89, followed by Texas (78), New York (42) and Georgia with 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.

Current MLB Players from Maryland

Current MLB Players from Kentucky

Current MLB Players from Louisiana

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