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 19 players from the state of North Carolina on major league rosters. That’s enough to tie it with Arizona and Ohio for 10th overall.
As far as individual cities, Charlotte is the most well-represented city in the state with 4 players. Raleigh (2) is the only other city with more than one.
Here are the 19 guys representing the state of North Carolina on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.
|Andrew Wantz||Holly Springs||Angels|
|Duane Underwood Jr||Raleigh||Pirates|
|Shawn Armstrong||New Bern||Rays|
|Trent Thornton||Charlotte||Blue Jays|
Hall of Fame Players from North Carolina
In addition to the current players from North Carolina, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame:
|Buck Leonard||Rocky Mount||1972|
|Luke Appling||High Point||1964|
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), Georgia (40) and New York (38).
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.