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 MLB.com and pulled the home states (or countries) of every player on the 40-man rosters for each team.
We found 8 players from the state of Mississippi on major league rosters. That places Mississippi 28th out of all states. As far as individual cities, Tupelo (2) is the most well-represented city and the only city that has more than one player.
MLB Players from Mississippi
Here are the 8 guys representing the state of Mississippi on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.
Here is a little more background info on a few of the players from the state of Mississippi.
Hometown: Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Hunter Renfroe, from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, has made his mark as a powerful outfielder in Major League Baseball. Renfroe’s journey to the majors began at Copiah Academy in Gallman, Mississippi, followed by a standout collegiate career at Mississippi State University.
Drafted in the first round (13th overall) of the 2013 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres, Renfroe quickly gained recognition for his raw power at the plate. In MLB, he has been known for his impressive home run totals, including a career-high 33 homers in 2019.
Renfroe’s strong arm in the outfield also makes him a defensive asset, contributing to his role as a well-rounded player.
Hometown: Lucedale, Mississippi
Justin Steele, hailing from Lucedale, Mississippi, has emerged as a promising pitcher in Major League Baseball. Steele’s baseball career began at George County High School in Lucedale.
He was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs and has shown potential in both starting and relief roles.
In the majors, his ability to generate high strikeout rates with his mix of fastball and breaking pitches has been notable. While Steele’s career is still developing, his performances have demonstrated his potential to be a key component in the Cubs’ pitching staff.
Hometown: Tupelo, Mississippi
Brandon Woodruff, originating from Tupelo, Mississippi, has established himself as a top starting pitcher in Major League Baseball.
Woodruff’s path to professional baseball started at Wheeler High School in Mississippi, followed by a successful tenure at Mississippi State University. Drafted in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, Woodruff has become a cornerstone of the Brewers’ pitching rotation.
His accolades include multiple All-Star selections, underlined by his impressive ERA, high strikeout numbers, and ability to pitch deep into games. Woodruff’s fastball and slider have been particularly effective, making him one of the most formidable pitchers in the National League.
Hall of Fame Players from Mississippi
In addition to the current players from Mississippi, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame:
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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.
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.