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 only found 1 player from the state of Rhode Island which obviously isn’t a ton, but it’s still tied with 5 other states who also had one (Montana, Idaho, New Hampshire, West Virginia & Wyoming) and more than 4 other states that don’t currently have any.
MLB Players from Rhode Island
Here is the one guy representing the state of Rhode Island 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 the lone player repping the state of Rhode Island.
Trevor Kelley was born in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Ashley High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, and played college baseball at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kelley was drafted in 2015 and made it to the majors with the Boston Red Sox, becoming the first Eugene Ashley High School graduate to play in the major leagues. His progression through the ranks of professional baseball reflects his dedication to the sport and his development as a pitcher.
Hall of Fame Players from Rhode Island
In addition to the current players from Rhode Island, we compiled a list of all players that have gone on to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame:
BASEBALL STATE fun facts
In case you’re wondering, here are the four states that aren’t represented on current MLB rosters: Alaska, South Dakota, Maine and Vermont.
Honestly, that shouldn’t be too surprising. A combination of cold weather and small population sizes both contribute to those states being left out. Also, pretty much the same reason New Hampshire only has one.
On the other end of the spectrum, the state of California, far and away, 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.
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.