Baseball is a Global Game

Players born in the United States, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela accounted for 90 percent of all players who suited up for major league clubs or domestic minor league affiliates in 2016. More than two-thirds of those players hail from the U.S.

According to records kept by Baseball America, nearly 7,500 players from 38 different birth countries participated in affiliated U.S. baseball last year. Our head count does not include those professionals who played only in the Dominican Summer League last year.

The following 23 countries had five or more representatives play U.S. affiliated ball in 2016, from the Rookie-level Arizona and Gulf Coast leagues to the American and National leagues.

No Country Of Birth
Players Percent Of Pool
1 United States 5,043 67.34%
2 Dominican Republic 1,117 14.92%
3 Venezuela 628 8.39%
4 Puerto Rico 163 2.18%
5 Canada 92 1.23%
6 Mexico 91 1.22%
7 Cuba 82 1.09%
8 Panama 52 0.69%
9 Colombia 38 0.51%
10 Australia 29 0.39%
11 Curacao 24 0.32%
12 Nicaragua 17 0.23%
Taiwan 17 0.23%
14 South Korea 14 0.19%
15 Japan 11 0.15%
16 Brazil 10 0.13%
17 Aruba 7 0.09%
Bahamas 7 0.09%
Germany 7 0.09%
Netherlands 7 0.09%
21 South Africa 6 0.08%
22 Italy 5 0.07%
U.S. Virgin Islands 5 0.07%

The following 15 countries had either one (0.01 percent) or two (0.03 percent) representatives in U.S. affiliated baseball last year.

No Country Of Birth
Players Players
24 Guam 2 RHP Sean Reid-Foley, 1B Trae Santos
Saudi Arabia 2 RHP Alex Robinett, RHP Alex Wilson
26 China 1 OF Gui-Yuan Xu
Czech Republic 1 C Martin Cervenka
England 1 RHP Michael Petersen
Guatemala 1 C Fabian Vizcaino
Haiti 1 OF Estevan Florial
Honduras 1 RHP Denis Diaz
India 1 LHP Rinku Singh
Ireland 1 LHP P.J. Conlon
Jamaica 1 RHP Justin Masterson
Lithuania 1 RHP Dovydas Neverauskas
Moldova 1 RHP Vadim Balan
Poland 1 LHP Artur Strzalka
St. Maarten 1 OF Isranel Wilson

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