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 every player’s home state (or country) on the 40-man rosters for each team.
We found 10 players from the state of South Carolina on major league rosters. That’s a very respectable number that ranks South Carolina tied for the 25th most of any state (tied with Maryland and Wisconsin).
As far as individual cities, Greenville is the most well-represented with 3 players followed by Sumter with 2. (They’re the only two cities with more than one)
Here are the 10 guys representing the state of South Carolina on MLB Rosters at the start of the 2023 season including what town he’s from and what team he plays for.
|Carl Edwards Jr||Newberry||Nationals|
|Chad Green||Greenville||Blue Jays|
|Jay Jackson||Greenville||Blue Jays|
|Whit Merrifield||Florence||Blue Jays|
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.
Current MLB Players from Rhode Island
Current MLB Players from Pennsylvania