99 players from the Dominican Republic in the Major Leagues! A powerhouse in the United States
Players from the DR are among the highest earners, as is the case of Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado, who have contracts worth more than 300 million.
The power of the Dominican Republic is felt in Major League Baseball. Every year it consolidates itself as a foreign power in the best baseball in the world.
MLB announced that a total of 275 players from 21 different countries and territories outside the continental United States are on active and inactive Major League rosters for Opening Day 2022. That total, which comes with rosters expanded to 28 players per club, is the second-highest in history, behind the 291 in 2020, when each team had an active roster of 30 players.
The 275 non-U.S.-born players are 28.2% of the total 975 major leaguers as of April 7. As has been the case since MLB began tracking this data in 1995, the Dominican Republic leads the list of countries and territories in representation in the Majors, with 99 players. Venezuela is second with 67, Cuba third with 23, and Puerto Rico fourth with 16.
In addition, Mexico has 13 players right now, followed by Canada (12), Colombia (10, its highest number ever), Japan (seven), Panama (six), Curacao (five), South Korea (four), The Bahamas (three), Aruba (one), Australia (one), Brazil (one), Germany (one), Honduras (one), Netherlands (one), Nicaragua (one), Taiwan (one) and U.S. Virgin Islands (one). (one).
For the second consecutive season, the Astros are the team with the most foreign players (16), followed by the Nationals (15), Twins (13), Padres (13), Marlins (12), Braves (11), Reds (11), Tigers (11) and Blue Jays (11). The Dominican Republic has stars such as Juan Soto, Vlad Guerrero, Fernando Tatis, Rafael Devers, and José Ramírez, among others.
The Dominican Republic maintains its consistency in producing quality players for Major League Baseball.