The Greatest Active MLB Player from All 50 U.S. States

Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2013

The Greatest Active MLB Player from All 50 U.S. States

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    While baseball may no longer be as American as apple pie, trailing behind football in popularity while growing in appeal around the world, there is no disputing that the roots of what was once America's pastime run deep in the 50 states that form the United States of America.

    From Anchorage, Alaska, to Key West, Florida, major league talent has been produced from every corner that this country has to offer.

    In some cases, players like Denard Span, who was born in Washington D.C., wind up playing professionally in the place of their birth. Others never get the opportunity to go back to where it all began.

    While every state has produced major league talent, not all of them are now represented on a 25-man major league roster, forcing us to expand our definition of an "active player."

    For our purposes, any player playing for an MLB-affiliated team is eligible to be named the greatest active player from his respective birth state.

    We'll look at not only what a player is doing in 2013, but what he's accomplished over the course of his career as we separate the contenders from the pretenders and figure out who the greatest active player from every state in the union is.

    Let's get to it.

     

     

    *Unless otherwise noted, all stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are current through the end of games on May 8.

    *Unless otherwise noted, all birthplace and state information courtesy of Baseball-Almanac.com.

Alabama: Matt Cain, RHP, San Francisco Giants

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    Born: October 4, 1984 in Dothan, AL

    Career Stats: 242 G (241 GS), 85-80, 3.34 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

     

    How do you choose between a perennial Cy Young Award contender and the best relief pitcher in baseball not named Mariano Rivera?

    That's the dilemma I faced in Alabama, where San Francisco's Matt Cain and Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel, born in Huntsville, both make strong cases for the top spot.

    Ultimately, Cain gets the nod, not only for his lengthy track record of success, but his postseason performance (4-2, 2.10 ERA, 1.05 WHIP in eight career starts)—and despite his subpar performance on the mound for the defending World Series champions in 2013.

    It's an incredibly close contest between the two, and you couldn't go wrong picking one or the other. That said, it's only a matter of time before Kimbrel surpasses Cain as the best active player from the Heart of Dixie—perhaps as early as the end of the 2013 season.

     

    Alabama By The Numbers

    11: Number of Hall of Famers born in Alabama.

    23: Number of active players born in Alabama.

    61: Number of players born in Birmingham, most in the state.

    311: Number of players from Alabama.

     

    Other Notable Active Alabama Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Desmond Jennings Birmingham, AL.
    Jake Peavy Mobile, AL
    Juan Pierre Mobile, AL
    Alex Rios Coffee, AL
    David Robertson Birmingham, AL
    Josh Willingham Florence, AL

     

    Notable Alabama Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Hank Aaron Mobile, AL
    Monte Irvin Haleburg, AL
    Heinie Manush Tuscumbia, AL
    Willie Mays Westfield, AL
    Willie McCovey Mobile, AL
    Satchel Paige Mobile, AL
    Joe Sewell Titus, AL
    Ozzie Smith Mobile, AL
    Don Sutton Clio, AL
    Billy Williams Whistler, AL
    Early Wynn Hartford, AL

Alaska: Daniel Schlereth, LHP, Baltimore Orioles

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    Born: May 9, 1986 in Anchorage, AK

    Career Stats: 5-6, 4.35 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 6.4 BB/9, 7.7 K/9 

     

    There isn't an Alaskan-born player currently on a 25-man roster in the major leagues. And only two, left-handed reliever Daniel Schlereth (for the Baltimore Orioles) and outfielder Aaron Cunningham (for the Texas Rangers), currently play in the minor leagues.

    Schlereth's career numbers may not be impressive, but neither are Cunningham's, owner of a  219/.280/.347 slash line with seven home runs and 51 RBI in 222 career major league games.

    I give the southpaw the nod over the light-hitting outfielder in what amounts to a coin flip.

     

    Alaska By The Numbers

    Two: Number of active players born in Alaska.

    Nine: Number of players born in Anchorage, most in the state.

    11: Number of players all time from Alaska.

    52: Number of years between the debut of Alaska's first MLB player (Tom Sullivan in 1925) and its second (Steve Staggs in 1977).

     

    Other Notable Active Alaska Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Aaron Cunningham Anchorage, AK

     

    Notable Alaska Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Chad Bentz Seward, AK
    Shawn Chacon Anchorage, AK
    Randy Kutcher Anchorage, AK
    Scott Loucks Anchorage, AK
    Josh Phelps Anchorage, AK
    Curt Schilling Anchorage, AK
    Steve Staggs Anchorage, AK
    Tom Sullivan Nome, AK
    Dave Williams Anchorage, AK

Arizona: Ian Kinsler, 2B, Texas Rangers

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    Born: June 22, 1982 in Tucson, AZ

    Career Stats: .274/.352/.463, 150 HR, 487 RBI, 160 SB

     

    Arizona posed another tough choice, this time between a pair of former teammates on the 2002 Arizona State Sun Devils, Phoenix native Andre Ethier and Tucson's Ian Kinsler.

    Their career numbers are extremely close, which makes the decision even more difficult:

      G BA OPS HR RBI
    Ethier 1,035 0.289 0.834 132 545
    Kinsler 963 0.274 0.815 150 487

    Ultimately, I decided on Kinsler because he plays a premium position, a spot where production like his isn't as prevalent as Ethier's is for a corner outfielder. Since his rookie season of 2006, only three second basemen have posted a higher WAR than Kinsler, according to FanGraphs:

    Player WAR
    Chase Utley 43.6
    Robinson Cano 32.2
    Dustin Pedroia 29.9
    Ian Kinsler

    28.0

    Ethier, who also made his MLB debut in 2006, ranks 27th among outfielders over the same period of time with a 17.5 WAR, also via FanGraphs.


    Arizona By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Arizona.

    24: Number of active players born in Arizona.

    26: Number of players born in Tucson, the most in the state.

    92: Number of players all time from Arizona.

     

    Other Notable Active Arizona Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jeremy Affeldt Phoenix, AZ
    Kole Calhoun Buckeye, AZ
    J.J. Hardy Tucson, AZ
    Tom Wilhelmsen Tucson, AZ

     

    Notable Arizona Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Chris Duncan Tucson, AZ
    Shelley Duncan Tucson, AZ
    Ron Hassey Tucson, AZ
    Billy Hatcher Williams, AZ
    Max Venable Phoenix, AZ
    Ed Vosberg Tuscon, AZ

Arkansas: Cliff Lee, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Born: August 30, 1978 in Benton, AR

    Career Stats: 291 G (287 GS), 128-80, 3.58 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.0 BB/9, 7.4 K/9

     

    While there are a number of active players that were born in Arkansas who have had lengthy, successful big league careers, none has been as successful or dominant as Cliff Lee.

    The 2008 American League Cy Young Award winner continues to baffle the opposition on the mound, despite receiving less than three runs of support per start from an aging Philadelphia lineup. He also shows remarkable control, with a 1.3 BB/9 mark that puts him among the league leaders.


    Arkansas By The Numbers

    Six: Number of Hall of Famers born in Arkansas.

    10: Number of active players born in Arkansas.

    20: Number of players born in Little Rock, the most in the state.

    150: Number of players all time born in Arkansas.

     

    Other Notable Active Arkansas Natives

    Player Birthplace
    A.J. Burnett North Little Rock, AR
    Torii Hunter Pine Bluff, AR
    Drew Smyly Maumelle, AR
    Travis Wood Little Rock, AR

     

    Notable Arkansas Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Lou Brock El Dorado, AR
    Dizzy Dean Lucas, AR
    George Kell Swifton, AR
    Brooks Robinson Little Rock, AR
    Preacher Roe Ash Flat, AR
    Arky Vaughan Clifty, AR

California: Ryan Braun, LF, Milwaukee Brewers

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    Born: November 17, 1983 in Mission Hills, CA

    Career Stats: 912 G, .313/.375/.569, 209 HR, 667 RBI, 128 SB

     

    You could field an All-Star team with the number of quality players currently playing in the big leagues that were born in California—something that makes choosing the best of the bunch a difficult task.

    Despite the PED cloud that has hung over his head since winning the National League MVP in 2011, Milwaukee's Ryan Braun remains one of the best all-around players in the game, a perennial MVP candidate and a force in the middle of the Brewers lineup.

    Consistently among the league leaders in a multitude of offensive categories and an on-base machine, Braun gets the nod over some very significant competition.


    California By The Numbers

    21: Number of Hall of Famers born in California.

    228: Number of players born in Los Angeles, the most in the state..

    320: Number of active players born in California, the most in the country.

    2,050: Number of players all time born in California, the most in the country.

     

    Other Notable Active California Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Prince Fielder Ontario, CA
    Adrian Gonzalez San Diego, CA
    Cole Hamels San Diego, CA
    Adam Jones San Diego, CA
    Evan Longoria Downey, CA
    Dustin Pedroia Woodland, CA
    CC Sabathia Vallejo, CA
    Giancarlo Stanton Panorama, CA
    Stephen Strasburg San DIego, CA
    Troy Tulowitzki Santa Clara, CA
    Jered Weaver Northridge, CA

     

    Notable California Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Gary Carter Culver City, CA
    Joe DiMaggio Martinez, CA
    Don Drysdale Van Nuys, CA
    Dennis Eckersley Oakland, CA
    Tony Gwynn Los Angeles, CA
    Tony Lazzeri San Francisco, CA
    Ernie Lombardi Oakland, CA
    Eddie Murray Los Angeles, CA
    Tom Seaver Fresno, CA
    Duke Snider Los Angeles, CA
    Ted Williams San Diego, CA

Colorado: Roy Halladay, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Born: May 14, 1977 in Denver, CO

    Career Stats: 410 G (384 GS), 201-104, 3.37 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 1.9 BB/9, 6.9 K/9

     

    Roy Halladay is no longer the perennial Cy Young Award contender or the intimidating presence that he once was—a precipitous decline that both Halladay and his fans hope can be explained by damage to his shoulder that will require surgery to repair.

    That said, Halladay's my choice in Colorado, beating out San Diego third baseman Chase Headley.

    It comes down to their track records, really. Halladay has a decade of dominance and a pair of Cy Young awards under his belt, while Headley has only his breakout 2012 season that makes you stand up and take notice.


    Colorado By The Numbers

    One: Number of Hall of Famers born in Colorado.

    10: Number of active players born in Colorado.

    39: Number of players born in Denver, the most in the state. 

    85: Number of players all time born in Colorado.

     

    Other Notable Active Colorado Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Ike Davis Pueblo, CO
    Chase Headley Fountain, CO
    Luke Hochevar Denver, CO
    Brian Matusz Grand Junction, CO
    Mark Melancon Wheat Ridge, CO
    Chris Narveson Englewood, CO

     

    Notable Colorado Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Scott Elarton Lamar, CO
    Goose Gossage Colorado Springs, CO
    Tippy Martinez La Junta, CO
    John Stearns Denver, CO

Connecticut: Matt Harvey, RHP, New York Mets

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    Born: March 27, 1989 in New London, CT

    Career Stats: 17 G (17 GS), 7-5, 2.07 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 10.6 K/9

     

    Matt Harvey may just be starting out his career, thus lacking a lengthy track record of success, but what a start to a career it's been.

    Harvey has been as dominant as any starting pitcher who has made his major league debut in the past few years, including Washington's Stephen Strasburg and San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner.

    When you consider that Harvey's stiffest competition in Connecticut came from a middle reliever and a pair of fourth outfielders, the choice was actually a pretty easy one to make.

     

    Connecticut By The Numbers

    Two: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Connecticut.

    13: Number of active players born in Connecticut.

    28: Number of players born in New Haven, four more than Bridgeport.

    181: Number of players all time born in Connecticut.

     

    Other Notable Active Connecticut Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Craig Breslow New Haven, CT
    Rajai Davis Norwich, CT
    Chris Denorfia Bristol, CT
    John McDonald New London, CT
    Mike Olt New Haven, CT
    A.J. Pollock Hebron, CT 

     

    Notable Connecticut Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Brad Ausmus New Haven, CT
    Roger Connor Waterbury, CT
    Rob Dibble Bridgeport, CT
    Jay Johnstone Manchester, CT
    Charles Nagy Bridgeport, CT
    Carl Pavano New Haven, CT
    Tim Teufel Greenwich, CT
    Bobby Valentine Stamford, CT
    Mo Vaughn Norwalk, CT

Delaware: Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Born: September 10, 1987 in Wilmington, DE

    Career Stats: 227 G, .284/.363/.503, 37 HR, 138 RBI, 26 SB

     

    Paul Goldschmidt stands alone on an island as the most significant active player who was born in Delaware—he's the only one currently playing in the big leagues.

    Arizona's 25-year-old first baseman broke out in 2012, flashing his big-time power potential while quickly becoming an on-base machine and the key piece in the lineup for the post-Justin Upton Diamondbacks.

    Among the league leaders in 2013 in both home runs (nine) and RBI (30), Goldschmidt is well on his way to becoming one of the most prolific sluggers in the game.

     

    Delaware By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Delaware.

    Five: Number of active players born in Delaware.

    27: Number of players born in Wilmington, most in the state.

    52: Number of players all time born in Delaware.

     

    Other Notable Active Delaware Natives

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    Notable Delaware Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Randy Bush Dover, DE
    Delino DeShields Seaford, DE
    John Mabry Wilmington, DE
    Dave May New Castle, DE
    Kevin Mench Wilimngton, DE
    Ian Snell Dover, DE
    Chris Widger Wilmington, DE

Florida: Andrew McCutchen, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Born: October 10, 1986 in Fort Meade, FL

    Career Stats: 609 G, .289/.372/.482, 86 HR, 314 RBI, 105 SB

     

    Florida presented a difficult challenge, with multiple players seemingly worthy of the top spot as the greatest active player born in the Sunshine State. Ultimately, it was a three-man race between Washington's Gio Gonzalez (Hialeah, FL), Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Los Angeles' Zack Greinke (Orlando, FL).

    While a strong case can be made for either pitcher, it came down to this: Take Greinke or Gonzalez off of their respective teams and things won't fall apart completely. Remove McCutchen from the equation in Pittsburgh and the Pirates become the equivalent of a mediocre minor league team.

    McCutchen's talents are numerous. His ability to impact the game with his bat, his glove and his speed makes him one of the most dangerous—and complete—players in the game today.

     

    Florida By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Florida.

    55: Number of players born in Miami and Tampa, tied for the in-state lead.

    127: Number of active players born in Florida.

    437: Number of players all time born in Florida.

     

    Other Notable Active Florida Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Bronson Arroyo Key West, FL
    Billy Butler Orange Park, FL
    Wade Davis Lake Wales, FL
    Eric Hosmer South Miami, FL
    Howie Kendrick Jacksonville, FL
    Manny Machado Miami, FL
    Matt Moore Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Mike Napoli Hollywood, FL
    Chris Sale Lakeland, FL
    Jarrod Saltalamacchia West Palm Beach, FL
    Rickie Weeks Altamonte Springs, FL

     

    Notable Florida Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Steve Carlton Miami, FL
    Vince Coleman Jacksonville, FL
    Andre Dawson Miami, FL
    Steve Garvey Tampa, FL
    Dwight Gooden Tampa, FL
    Chipper Jones DeLand, FL
    Tino Martinez Tampa, FL
    Fred McGriff Tampa, FL
    Tim Raines Sanford, FL
    Gary Sheffield Tampa, FL
    Tim Wakefield Melbourne, FL

Georgia: Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants

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    Born: March 27, 1987 in Leesburg, GA

    Career Stats: 340 G, .312/.381/.503, 50 HR, 210 RBI

     

    San Francisco's Buster Posey might not have the lengthy track records of fellow Georgians like Tim Hudson or Adam Wainwright, but the reigning NL MVP is the best catcher in baseball, and that pushes him ahead of his veteran competition and into the top spot.

    An on-base machine, Posey may never lead the league in home runs or RBI, but his ability to contend for a batting title on a yearly basis while producing 20-plus home runs and triple-digit RBI totals more than makes up for it.

     

    Georgia By The Numbers

    Five: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Georgia.

    59: Number of active players born in Georgia.

    67: Number of players born in Atlanta, most in the state.

    324: Number of players all time born in Georgia.

     

    Other Notable Active Georgia Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Gordon Beckham Atlanta, GA
    Jonathan Broxton Augusta, GA
    Stephen Drew Valdosta, GA
    Tyler Flowers Roswell, GA
    Dexter Fowler Atlanta, GA
    Tim Hudson Columbus, GA
    Nick Markakis Woodstock, GA
    Brian McCann Athens, GA
    Josh Reddick Savannah, GA
    Adam Wainwright Brunswick, GA
    Jake Westbrook Athens, GA

     

    Notable Georgia Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Ty Cobb Narrows, GA
    J.D. Drew Valdosta, GA
    Marquis Grissom Atlanta, GA
    Wally Joyner Atlanta, GA
    Johnny Mize Demorest, GA
    Tony Phillips Atlanta, GA
    Jackie Robinson Cairo, GA
    John Rocker Statesboro, GA
    Kenny Rogers Savannah, GA
    Bill Terry Atlanta, GA
    Frank Thomas Columbus, GA

Hawaii: Shane Victorino, RF, Boston Red Sox

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    Born: November 30, 1980 in Wailuku, HI

    Career Stats: 1,101 G, .276/.341/.428, 92 HR, 419 RBI, 204 SB

     

    Shane Victorino has made me eat my words.

    After spending much of the winter criticizing the Red Sox for handing a seemingly over-the-hill Victorino nearly $40 million over the next three years, the 32-year-old has posted a respectable .293/.353/.380 slash line thus far in 2013.

    A two-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Victorino gets the nod over Washington's Kurt Suzuki, who has carved out a solid seven-year big league career but hasn't been as successful as the "Flyin' Hawaiian."

     

    Hawaii By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Hawaii.

    Seven: Number of active players born in Hawaii.

    24: Number of players born in Honolulu, most in the state.

    37: Number of players all time born in Hawaii.

     

    Other Notable Active Hawaii Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Scott Feldman Kailua, HI
    Kurt Suzuki Wailuku, HI
    Jerome Williams Honolulu, HI

     

    Notable Hawaii Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Benny Agbayani Honolulu, HI
    Ron Darling Honolulu, HI
    Sid Fernandez Honolulu, HI
    Charlie Hough Honolulu, HI

Idaho: Matt Lindstrom, RHP, Chicago White Sox

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    Born: February 11, 1980 in Rexburg, ID

    Career Stats: 374 G, 14-17, 3.65 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 7.3 BB/9, 45 SV

     

    While Idaho gave us one of the iconic sluggers in baseball history, Harmon Killebrew, today's crop of major league talent consists of back-end starting pitchers and middle relievers. Of the group, Matt Lindstrom stands out as the clear choice.

    A seven-year veteran, Lindstrom is coming off the most successful two-year stretch of his career, pitching to a 2.85 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 101 innings combined for Arizona, Baltimore and Colorado.

    With the White Sox in 2013, the 33-year-old has a 3.86 ERA and 1.00 WHIP, allowing earned runs in only three of his 16 relief appearances so far.

     

    Idaho By The Numbers

    One: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Idaho.

    Four: Number of players born in Pocatello, the most in the state.

    Four: Number of active players born in Idaho.

    Six: Average length (in years) of an Idaho-born player's career.

    28: Number of players all time born in Idaho.

     

    Other Notable Active Idaho Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Stephen Fife Boise, ID
    Nick Hagadone Sandpoint, ID
    Clayton Mortensen Rexburg, ID

     

    Notable Idaho Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Ken Dayley Jerome, ID
    Larry Jackson Nampa, ID
    Harmon Killebrew Payette, ID
    Vance Law Boise, ID
    Vern Law Meridian, ID
    Jason Schmidt Lewiston, ID

Illinois: Ben Zobrist, IF/OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Born: May 26, 1981 in Eureka, IL

    Career Stats: 792 G, .260/.354/.441, 95 HR, 410 RBI, 83 SB

     

    Of all the 50 states, Illinois proved to be the most difficult for me to make a decision in, as I was torn between Curtis Granderson and Ben Zobrist for the top spot.

    Ultimately, Zobrist's versatility in the field and penchant for getting on base trumped Granderson's impressive power numbers.

     

    Illinois By The Numbers

    13: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Illinois.

    43: Number of active players born in Illinois.

    366: Number of players born in Chicago, the most in the state.

    1,023: Number of players all time born in Illinois.

     

    Other Notable Active Illinois Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Peter Bourjos Park Ridge, IL
    Tim Byrdak Oak Forest, IL
    Tony Cingrani New Lenox, IL
    Jason Frasor Chicago, IL
    Curtis Granderson Blue Island, IL
    J.A. Happ Spring Valley, IL
    Garrett Jones Harvey, IL
    Jason Kipnis Northbrook, IL
    Zach McAillister Chillicothe, IL
    Josh Thole Breese, IL
    Jayson Werth Springfield, IL

     

    Notable Illinois Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Lou Boudreau Harvey, IL
    Ray Fosse Marion, IL
    Eddie Gaedel Chicago, IL
    Gary Gaetti Centralia, IL
    Rickey Henderson Chicago, IL
    Kirby Puckett Chicago, IL
    Robin Roberts Springfield, IL
    Red Ruffing Granville, IL
    Ray Schalk Harvel, IL
    Red Schoendienst Germantown, IL
    Robin Yount Danville, IL

Indiana: LaTroy Hawkins, RHP, New York Mets

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    Born: December 21, 1972 in Gary, IN

    Career Stats: 886 G (98 GS), 65-88, 4.43 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 6.0 BB/9, 88 SV

     

    He's never made an All-Star team or been considered the best at his position, but LaTroy Hawkins has spent nearly two decades pitching in the major leagues for 10 different teams, most notably the Minnesota Twins, with whom he spent nine seasons.

    Had he been used as a reliever throughout his career, his overall numbers would look far more impressive than they currently do. The splits don't lie:

      G W-L ERA WHIP BB/9 K/9
    Starter 98 26-44 6.11 1.66 3.3 5.2
    Reliever 788 39-44 3.34 1.28 2.7 6.5

    Currently pitching out of the bullpen for the New York Mets, a 40-year-old Hawkins has pitched to a 2.57 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 14 innings of relief this season.

     

    Indiana By The Numbers

    Nine: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Indiana.

    23: Number of active players born in Indiana.

    37: Number of players born in Indianapolis, the most in the state.

    357: Number of players all time born in Indiana.

     

    Other Notable Active Indiana Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Clint Barmes Vincennes, IN
    Brandon Beachy Kokomo, IN
    Jamey Carroll Evansville, IN
    Tommy Hunter Indianapolis, IN
    Adam Lind Anderson, IN
    Lance Lynn Indianapolis, IN
    Jarrod Parker Fort Wayne, IN
    Clayton Richard Lafayette, IN
    Jeff Samardzija Merrilville, IN
    Drew Storen Indianapolis, IN

     

    Notable Indiana Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Mordecai Brown Nyesville, IN
    Max Carey Terre Haute, IN
    Billy Herman New Albany, IN
    Gil Hodges Princeton, IN
    Tommy John Terre Haute, IN
    Chuck Klein Indianapolis, IN
    Don Larsen Michigan City, IN
    Don Mattingly Evansville, IN
    Sam Rice Morocco, IN
    Amos Rusie Mooresville, IN
    Sam Thompson Danville, IN

Iowa: Jeremy Hellickson, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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    Born: April 8, 1987 in Des Moines, IA

    Career Stats: 77 G (71 GS), 28-23, 3.23 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

     

    Just entering the prime of his career, 26-year-old Jeremy Hellickson gets the nod over a former All-Star closer in Joel Hanrahan for the top spot in Iowa. 

    In only two full big league seasons, Hellickson has acquired an impressive amount of hardware, winning the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year award and a Gold Glove award in 2012.

    While he's off to a mediocre start in 2013 (1-2, 4.79 ERA and 1.31 WHIP), Hellickson remains a key piece of Tampa Bay's rotation and one of the brightest pitchers under the age of 30 in the game.

     

    Iowa By The Numbers

    Six: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Iowa.

    10: Number of active players born in Iowa.

    16: Number of players born in Des Moines, the most in the state.

    215: Number of players all time born in Iowa.

     

    Other Notable Active Iowa Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jerry Hairston Des Moines, IA
    Joel Hanrahan Des Moines, IA
    Ryan Sweeney Cedar Rapids, IA

     

    Notable Iowa Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Cap Anson Marshalltown, IA
    Stan Bahnsen Council Bluffs, IA
    Dave Bancroft Sioux City, IA
    Mike Boddicker Cedar Rapids, IA
    Fred Clarke Winterset, IA
    Red Faber Cascade, IA
    Bob Feller Van Meter, IA
    Joe Magrane Des Moines, IA
    Dazzy Vance Orient, IA

Kansas: Brad Ziegler, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Born: October 10, 1979 in Pratt, KS

    Career Stats: 343 G, 18-15, 2.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 6.0 K/9, 19 SV

     

    Despite not getting a shot in the major leagues until his age-28 season, Brad Ziegler has quickly established himself as one of the most reliable setup men in the game. 

    Ziegler's ability to thrive in multiple bullpen roles, whether as a closer, setup man or middle reliever, gives him the nod over Kyle Farnsworth.

    Now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Ziegler, 33, has pitched to a 3.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in a league-high 20 appearances in 2013. 

     

    Kansas By The Numbers

    Two: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Kansas.

    13: Number of active players born in Kansas.

    23: Number of players born in Wichita, the most in the state.

    211: Number of players all time born in Kansas.

     

    Other Notable Active Kansas Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Aaron Crow Topeka, KS
    Kyle Farnsworth Wichita, KS
    Andy LaRoche Fort Scott, KS
    Derek Norris Goddard, KS
    Mike Pelfrey Wichita, KS 

     

    Notable Kansas Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Tony Clark Newton, KS
    Johnny Damon Fort Riley, KS
    Darren Daulton Arkansas City, KS
    Walter Johnson Humboldt, KS
    Rudy May Coffeyville, KS
    Bill Russell Pittsburg, KS
    Bob Swift Salina, KS
    Joe Tinker Muscotah, KS
    Mike Torrez Topeka, KS

Kentucky: Dan Uggla, 2B, Atlanta Braves

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    Born: March 11, 1980 in Louisville, KY

    Career Stats: 1,122 G, .252/.343/.469, 216 HR, 637 RBI, 24 SB

     

    While Dan Uggla has turned into the Adam Dunn of second basemen—power with a painful batting average and a lot of strikeouts—three All-Star selections and five consecutive seasons of hitting at least 30 home runs give him the nod over Corey Hart for the top spot in Kentucky.

    Uggla has struggled badly for the Atlanta Braves this season, hitting .198 with five home runs and 10 RBI, but he continues to show a knack for getting on base, as his 17 walks put him among the league leaders.

    Despite his decline at the plate, Uggla remains one of the most durable players in baseball, playing in all but two of Atlanta's first 33 games this year and averaging 156 games played per season over his eight-year career.

     

    Kentucky By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Kentucky.

    23: Number of active players born in Kentucky.

    74: Number of players born in Louisville, the most in the state.

    273: Number of players all time born in Kentucky.

     

    Other Notable Active Kentucky Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Joe Blanton Bowling Green, KY
    Tyler Clippard Lexington, KY
    Scott Downs Louisville, KY
    Corey Hart Bowling Green, KY
    Austin Kearns Lexington, KY
    John Rauch Louisville, KY
    Mark Reynolds Pikeville, KY
    Robbie Ross Lexington, KY
    Jonny Venters Pikeville, KY

     

    Notable Kentucky Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Jay Buhner Lexington, KY
    Jim Bunning Southgate, KY
    Paul Byrd Louisville, KY
    Earle Combs Pebworth, KY
    Travis Fryman Lexington, KY
    Mike Greenwell Louisville, KY
    Pee Wee Reese Ekron, KY
    Ferdie Schupp Louisville, KY
    Brandon Webb Ashland, KY

Louisiana: Andy Pettitte, LHP, New York Yankees

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    Born: June 15, 1972 in Baton Rouge, LA

    Career Stats: 507 G (497 GS), 248-144, 3.86 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, 6.7 K/9

     

    His recent struggles may be an indication that the end is rapidly approaching for Andy Pettitte, but what the 40-year-old southpaw has accomplished over his 18-year career makes him the obvious choice in Louisiana.

    Named the MVP of the 2001 ALCS, Pettitte is baseball's all-time postseason leader in wins (19), games started (44) and innings pitched (276.2), winning five World Series championships along the way.

    Blessed with one of the best pickoff moves in the history of the game, Pettitte's Hall of Fame candidacy is sure to be widely debated once his playing days are over.

     

    Louisiana By The Numbers

    Four: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Louisiana.

    28: Number of active players born in Louisiana.

    70: Number of players born in New Orleans, the most in the state.

    238: Number of players all time born in Louisiana.

     

    Other Notable Active Louisiana Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Scott Baker Shreveport, LA
    Chad Gaudin New Orleans, LA
    Wade Miley Hammond, LA
    Jonathan Papelbon Baton Rouge, LA
    Vernon Wells Shreveport, LA

     

    Notable Louisiana Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Joe Adcock Coushatta, LA
    Albert Belle Shreveport, LA
    Vida Blue Mansfield, LA
    Norm Charlton Fort Polk, LA
    Will Clark New Orleans, LA
    Bill Dickey Bastrop, LA
    Ted Lyons Lake Charles, LA
    Mel Ott Gretna, LA
    Reggie Smith Shreveport, LA
    Rusty Staub New Orleans, LA

Maine: Tim Stauffer, RHP, San Diego Padres

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    Born: June 2, 1982 in Portland, ME

    Career Stats: 96 G (70 GS), 23-31, 3.94 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 6.2 K/9

     

    Maine has never been a hotbed for major league talent, evidenced not only by the state's low overall numbers but in the choice of Tim Stauffer as the greatest active player born in Maine.

    Stauffer, 30, has battled injuries and ineffectiveness throughout his nine-year career, throwing over 100 innings in a season only once (185.2 in 2012) and never posting a double-digit win total in any given season.

    Currently part of the starting rotation for San Diego's Triple-A team, the aptly-named Tuscon Padres, Stauffer has gone 2-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in seven starts as he tries to get back to the major leagues one more time.

     

    Maine By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Maine.

    Four: Number of active players born in Maine.

    13: Number of players born in Portland, the most in the state.

    73: Number of players all time born in Maine.

     

    Other Notable Active Maine Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Ryan Flaherty Portland, ME
    Charlie Furbush South Portland, ME
    Mark Rogers Brunswick, ME

     

    Notable Maine Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Pete Ladd Portland, ME
    Bob Stanley Portland, ME
    Bill Swift Portland, ME

Maryland: Mark Teixeira, 1B, New York Yankees

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    Born: April 11, 1980 in Annapolis, MD

    Career Stats: 1,497 G, .279/.369/.527, 338 HR, 1,101 RBI, 21 SB

     

    Maryland might be more well-known for crab cakes and football, but the state has long history of producing superstar sluggers on the major league level as well, with Annapolis-born Mark Teixeira the latest example.

    Yet to make his 2013 debut as he recovers from a partially-torn tendon in his right wrist, Teixeira has hit at least 24 home runs in each of his 10 big-league seasons and at least 30 in eight of them.

    One of the smoothest-fielding first basemen in the game, Teixeira's accomplishments tower over the other active Maryland natives who could have been contenders for the top spot.

     

    Maryland By The Numbers

    Eight: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Maryland.

    16: Number of active players born in Maryland.

    139: Number of players born in Baltimore, the most in the state.

    277: Number of players all time born in Maryland.

     

    Other Notable Active Maryland Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Brett Cecil Dunkirk, MD
    Gavin Floyd Annapolis, MD
    Aaron Laffey Cumberland, MD
    Steve Lombardozzi Fulton, MD
    Justin Maxwell Bethesda, MD

     

    Notable Maryland Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Harold Baines Easton, MD
    Frank Baker Trappe, MD
    Jimmie Foxx Sudlersville, MD
    Lefty Grove Lonaconing, MD
    Al Kaline Baltimore, MD
    Cal Ripken Jr. Havre De Grace, MD
    Babe Ruth Baltimore, MD
    Vic Willis Cecil County, MD

Massachusetts: Chris Capuano, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Born: August 19, 1978 in Springfield, MA

    Career Stats: 218 G (191 GS), 69-78, 4.32 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

     

    Were Brian Wilson and his fearsome beard healthy and part of a team's bullpen, he would have been the choice here. But with Wilson on the sidelines recovering from Tommy John surgery, Chris Capuano gets the nod in Massachusetts.

    An All-Star in 2006, Capuano missed two years in the middle of his prime due to Tommy John surgery (the second of his career), yet he bounced back to become a serviceable major league starter with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets and, currently, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

     

    Massachusetts By The Numbers

    10: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Massachusetts.

    12: Number of active players born in Massachusetts.

    93: Number of players born in Boston, the most in the state.

    651: Number of players all time born in Massachusetts.

     

    Other Notable Active Massachusetts Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Steve Cishek Falmouth, MA
    Alex Cobb Boston, MA
    Brandon Gomes Fall River, MA

     

    Notable Massachusetts Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Jeff Bagwell Boston, MA
    Steve Bedrosian Methuen, MA
    Jack Chesbro North Adams, MA
    Mickey Cochrane Bridgewater, MA
    Leo Durocher West Springfield, MA
    Tom Glavine Concord, MA
    Rabbit Maranville Springfield, MA
    Jeff Reardon Dalton, MA
    Pie Traynor Framingham, MA
    Brian Wilson Winchester, MA
    Mark Wohlers Holyoke, MA

Michigan: Derek Lowe, RHP, Texas Rangers

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    Born: June 1, 1973 in Dearborn, MI

    Career Stats: 679 G (377 GS), 176-157, 4.01 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, 5.8 K/9, 86 SV

     

    Derek Lowe has done it all, from leading the AL in saves with 46 for the Boston Red Sox in 2000 to posting an NL-leading 16 wins for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006 and posting 17 losses for Atlanta in 2011.

    A two-time All-Star and member of Boston's 2004 World Championship team, Lowe continues to reinvent himself, currently playing the part of long reliever in Texas.

     

    Michigan By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Michigan.

    20: Number of active players born in Michigan.

    118: Number of players born in Detroit, the most in the state.

    420: Number of players all time born in Michigan.

     

    Other Notable Active Michigan Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Josh Collmenter Homer, MI
    Chris Getz Southfield, MI
    Jason Grilli Royal Oak, MI
    Nate McLouth Muskegon, MI
    Jason Motte Port Huron, MI
    J.J. Putz Trenton, MI
    Matt Thornton Three Rivers, MI

     

    Notable Michigan Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Jim Abbott Flint, MI
    Kiki Cuyler Harrisville, MI
    Charlie Gehringer Fowlerville, MI
    Bobby Grich Muskegon, MI
    Pat Hentgen Detroit, MI
    Steve Howe Pontiac, MI
    Hal Newhouser Detroit, MI
    John Smoltz Detroit, MI
    Frank Tanana Detroit, MI
    Jason Varitek Rochester, MI
    Bob Welch Detroit, MI

Minnesota: Joe Mauer, C, Minnesota Twins

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    Born: April 19, 1983 in St. Paul, MN

    Career Stats: 1,094 G, .323/.405/.467, 96 HR, 597 RBI, 43 SB

     

    A future member of the Hall of Fame, Joe Mauer has spent his entire 10-year career with his hometown Minnesota Twins—and what a career he's had.

    Mauer has won three AL batting titles and the 2009 AL MVP award, been selected to play in five All-Star games and will go down in history as not only one of the best hitting catchers of all time, but one of the best hitters of his generation.

    As he transitions from catcher to first base in an effort to extend the productive years of his career, Mauer continues to perform at a high level, consistently finishing among the league leaders in batting average and on-base percentage.

     

    Minnesota By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Minnesota.

    15: Number of active players born in Minnesota.

    38: Number of players born in Minneapolis, four more than St. Paul for most in the state.

    160: Number of players all time born in Minnesota.

     

    Other Notable Active Minnesota Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Ike Davis Edina, MN
    Jack Hannahan St. Paul, MN
    Josh Johnson Minneapolis, MN
    Glen Perkins St. Paul, MN
    Michael Wuertz Austin, MN

     

    Notable Minnesota Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Chief Bender Crow Wing County, MN
    Jim Eisenreich St. Cloud, MN
    Jerry Koosman Appleton, MN
    Roger Maris Hibbing, MN
    Paul Molitor St. Paul, MN
    Jack Morris St. Paul, MN
    Dave Winfield St. Paul, MN

Mississippi: Roy Oswalt, RHP, Colorado Rockies

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    Born: August 29, 1977 in Kosciusko, MS

    Career Stats: 356 G (335 GS), 163-96, 3.28 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 7.4 K/9

     

    It sure looked like Roy Oswalt's career was over after a disastrous 2012 season with the Texas Rangers. But the Colorado Rockies, always on the lookout for a live arm, signed the 12-year veteran to a minor league deal at the beginning of May.

    A three-time All-Star, injuries have sidelined what was shaping up to be a Hall of Fame-caliber career. In his first decade as a major league pitcher, Oswalt went 150-83 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, finishing in the top five of the NL Cy Young Award voting five times. 

     

    Mississippi By The Numbers

    Two: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Mississippi.

    27: Number of active players born in Mississippi.

    16: Number of players born in Jackson, most in the state.

    194: Number of players all time born in Mississippi.

     

    Other Notable Active Mississippi Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Paul Maholm Greenwood, MS
    Mitch Moreland Amory, MS
    Tony Sipp Pascagoula, MS
    Seth Smith Jackson, MS
    Donnie Veal Jackson, MS

     

    Notable Mississippi Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Oil Can Boyd Meridian, MS
    Ellis Burks Vicksburg, MS
    Dave Parker Calhoun, MS
    Dmitri Young Vicksburg, MS

Missouri: Ryan Howard, 1B, Philadelphia Phillies

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    Born: November 19, 1979 in St. Louis, MO

    Career Stats: 1,131 G, .272/.362/.550, 306 HR, 940 RBI, 12 SB

     

    In the prime of his career, few batters could keep up with the gaudy numbers that Ryan Howard put up. From his NL MVP-winning season of 2006 through the 2011 season, Howard hit .274 with a .929 OPS while averaging 44 home runs and 133 RBI a year.

    Fully recovered from a torn ACL that cost him much of the 2012 season, a 33-year-old Howard remains a productive member of Philadelphia's lineup, trailing only Chase Utley for the team lead in home runs and RBI.

     

    Missouri By The Numbers

    Five: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Missouri.

    28: Number of active players born in Missouri.

    287: Number of players born in St. Louis, most in the state.

    589: Number of players all time born in Missouri.

     

    Other Notable Active Missouri Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jake Arrieta Farmington, MO
    Mark Buehrle St. Charles, MO
    A.J. Ellis Cape Girardeau, MO
    Lucas Harrell Springfield, MO
    Shaun Marcum Kansas City, MO
    Logan Morrison Kansas City, MO
    Darren Oliver Kansas City, MO
    Trevor Rosenthal Lee's Summit, MO


     

    Notable Missouri Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Yogi Berra St. Louis, MO
    Clete Boyer Cassville, MO
    Pud Galvin St. Louis, MO
    Joe Garagiola St. Louis, MO
    Tom Henke Kansas City, MO
    Elston Howard St. Louis, MO
    Carl Hubbell Carthage, MO
    Darrell Porter Joplin, MO
    Mel Stottlemyre Hazelton, MO
    Rick Sutcliffe Independence, MO
    Zack Wheat Hamilton, MO

Montana: Rob Johnson, C, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Born: July 2, 1982 in Anaconda, MT

    Career Stats: 245 G, .201/.277/.297, 8 HR, 62 RBI, 6 SB

     

    Montana offers virtually no viable choices, as only career backup Rob Johnson and right-handed pitcher Mason Tobin are affiliated with a major league club. Of the two, only Johnson has seen action in 2013, posting a .203/.282/.304 slash line with two home runs and six RBI in 21 games for Triple-A Memphis.

     

    Montana By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Montana.

    Two: Number of active players born in Montana.

    Four: Number of players born in Billings, most in the state.

    22: Number of players all time born in Montana.

     

    Other Notable Active Montana Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Mason Tobin Glendive, MT

     

    Notable Montana Natives in MLB History

     

    Player Birthplace
    Jeff Ballard Billings, MT
    John Gibbons Great Falls, MT
    Dave McNally Billings, MT

Nebraska: Alex Gordon, LF, Kansas City Royals

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    Born: February 10, 1984 in Lincoln, NE

    Career Stats: 750 G, .271/.348/.442, 87 HR, 343 RBI, 57 SB

     

    While he's never reached the lofty expectations that come with being the second pick in the MLB draft, Alex Gordon has developed into a quality ballplayer and one of the premier defensive left fielders in baseball.

    Now in the prime of his career, Gordon's overall numbers are ticking upwards. He's posted a .300/.369/.480 slash line since the beginning of the 2011 season with 42 HR, 182 RBI and 102 doubles, the latter among the highest totals in baseball during that time.

     

    Nebraska By The Numbers

    Five: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Nebraska.

    12: Number of active players born in Nebraska.

    31: Number of players born in Omaha, most in the state.

    111: Number of players all time born in Nebraska.

     

    Other Notable Active Nebraska Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Joba Chamberlain Lincoln, NE
    Conor Gillaspie Omaha, NE
    Darin Ruf Omaha, NE

     

    Notable Nebraska Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Grover Alexander Alba, NE
    Richie Ashburn Tilden, NE
    Wade Boggs Omaha, NE
    Sam Crawford Wahoo, NE
    Bob Gibson Omaha, NE
    Gregg Olson Scribner, NE

Nevada: Barry Zito, LHP, San Francisco Giants

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    Born: May 13, 1978 in Las Vegas, NV

    Career Stats: 407 G (401 GS), 163-133, 3.91 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, 6.6 K/9

     

    It's only a matter of time before Bryce Harper surpasses Barry Zito on this list, but until that happens, the soon-to-be 35-year-old Zito is the best that Nevada currently has to offer.

    A three-time All-Star and the 2001 AL Cy Young Award winner, Zito has turned his career around after a disastrous few years with the San Francisco Giants, going 18-9 with a 3.99 ERA and 1.40 WHIP since the start of the 2012 season.

     

    Nevada By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Nevada.

    12: Number of active players born in Nevada.

    17: Number of players born in Las Vegas, most in the state.

    30: Number of players all time born in Nevada.

     

    Other Notable Active Nevada Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Scott Cousins Reno, NV
    Bryce Harper Las Vegas, NV
    Mike MacDougal Las Vegas, NV
    Nate Schierholtz Reno, NV

     

    Notable Nevada Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Marty Cordova Las Vegas, NV

New Hampshire: Chris Carpenter, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

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    Born: April 27, 1975 in Exeter, NH

    Career Stats: 350 G (332 GS), 144-94, 3.76 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 6.9 K/9

     

    Currently trying to come back from a third major arm injury, Chris Carpenter coasts to the top spot in New Hampshire, with his only competition (if you can call it that) coming from Tampa Bay's Sam Fuld.

    Winner of the 2005 NL Cy Young Award, Carpenter is a three-time All-Star who went 95-42 with a 3.06 ERA and 1.13 WHIP from 2004 through 2011—a span that saw him throw only 21.1 innings combined between 2007 and 2008 due to Tommy John surgery. 

     

    New Hampshire By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in New Hampshire.

    Four: Number of active players born in New Hampshire.

    Nine: Number of players born in Manchester, most in the state.

    50: Number of players all time born in New Hampshire.

     

    Other Notable Active New Hampshire Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Sam Fuld Durham, NH

     

    Notable New Hampshire Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Mike Flanagan Manchester, NH
    Phil Plantier Manchester, NH
    Bob Tewksbury Concord, NH

New Jersey: Derek Jeter, SS, New York Yankees

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    Born: June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, NJ

    Career Stats: 2,585 G, .313/.382/.448, 255 HR, 1,254 RBI, 348 SB

     

    The face of baseball for more than a decade and as a future Hall of Famer, Derek Jeter has set the bar incredibly high to claim the title of best New Jersey-born player in the history of baseball.

    Out of action as he recovers from a fractured ankle, the end of Jeter's iconic career has been predicted for years, only for him to come back with a vengeance and silence the critics with his bat. He did exactly that in 2012, when he led all of baseball with 216 hits, the eighth time he's surpassed the 200-hit plateau. 

     

    New Jersey By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in New Jersey.

    31: Number of active players born in New Jersey.

    35: Number of players born in Newark, most in the state.

    409: Number of players all time born in New Jersey.

     

    Other Notable Active New Jersey Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Andrew Bailey Voorhees, NJ
    Mark DeRosa Passaic, NJ
    Todd Frazier Point Pleasant, NJ
    Jason Heyward Ridgewood, NJ
    Rick Porcello Morristown, NJ
    Mike Trout Vineland, NJ


     

    Notable New Jersey Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Sean Casey Willingboro, NJ
    Doug Glanville Hackensack, NJ
    Goose Goslin Salem, NJ
    Billy Hamilton Newark, NJ
    Ron Karkovice Union, NJ
    Eric Karros Hackensack, NJ
    Al Leiter Toms River, NJ
    Joe Medwick Carteret, NJ
    Don Newcombe Madison, NJ
    Johnny Vander Meer Prospect Park, NJ
    Eric Young New Brunswick, NJ

New Mexico: Cody Ross, RF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Born: December 23, 1980 in Portales, NM

    Career Stats: 909 G, .263/.323/.458, 123 HR, 461 RBI, 30 SB

     

    Cody Ross has put together a solid, albeit unspectacular career as a versatile outfielder, spending time with seven different teams over his 10 years in the major leagues.

    He was named the 2010 NLCS MVP while with the San Francisco Giants, hitting .350 with three home runs and five RBI in the team's six-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and winning the World Series in five games over the Texas Rangers.

     

    New Mexico By The Numbers

    One: Number of Hall of Fame players born in New Mexico.

    Five: Number of active players born in New Mexico.

    Eight: Number of players born in Albuquerque, most in the state.

    26: Number of players all time born in New Mexico.

     

    Other Notable Active New Mexico Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Mike Dunn Farmington, NM
    Jordan Pacheco Albuquerque, NM
    Kyle Weiland Albuquerque, NM

     

    Notable New Mexico Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Ralph Kiner Santa Rita, NM
    Steve Ontiveros Tularosa, NM
    Duane Ward Park View, NM

New York: Alex Rodriguez, 3B, New York Yankees

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    Born: July 27, 1975 in New York, NY

    Career Stats: 2,524 G, .300/.384/.560, 647 HR, 1,950 RBI, 318 SB

     

    While his career will forever be tainted by PEDs, Alex Rodriguez's accomplishments on the diamond remain numerous and noteworthy.

    A three-time MVP, A-Rod is baseball's active leader in runs scored (1,898), home runs (647), RBI (1,950), total bases (5,414) and sacrifice flies (101).

    Currently working his way back from offseason hip surgery, Rodriguez will continue to add to his gaudy career totals for years to come, as he remains under contract through the 2017 season with roughly $114 million remaining on his deal.

     

    New York By The Numbers

    22: Number of Hall of Fame players born in New York.

    36: Number of active players born in New York.

    238: Number of players born in New York City, most in the state.

    1,109: Number of players all time born in New York.

     

    Other Notable Active New York Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Mike Aviles New York, NY
    Patrick Corbin Clay, NY
    David DeJesus Brooklyn, NY
    Raul Ibanez New York, NY
    Jim Johnson Johnson City, NY
    Jason Marquis Manhasset, NY
    A.J. Pierzynski Bridgehampton, NY

     

    Notable New York Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Craig Biggio Smithtown, NY
    Ralph Branca Mount Vernon, NY
    Eddie Collins Millerton, NY
    Whitey Ford New York, NY
    Lou Gehrig New York, NY
    Hank Greenberg New York, NY
    Sandy Koufax Brooklyn, NY
    Jim Palmer New York, NY
    Phil Rizzuto Brooklyn, NY
    Warren Spahn Buffalo, NY
    Carl Yastrzemski Southampton, NY

North Carolina: Josh Hamilton, LF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    Born: May 21, 1981 in Raleigh, NC

    Career Stats: 770 G, .299/.359/.539, 164 HR, 563 RBI, 44 SB

     

    A five-time All-Star and the 2010 AL MVP, Josh Hamilton remains one of the most dangerous run producers in the game and a threat to go deep every time he steps to the plate.

    Soon to celebrate his 32nd birthday, things haven't gone quite as planned in his first season wearing an Angels uniform, as he's struggled at the plate and in the field. But even with his recent struggles, Hamilton is the clear choice in North Carolina over solid competition like Brandon Phillips and Ryan Zimmerman.

     

    North Carolina By The Numbers

    Seven: Number of Hall of Fame players born in North Carolina.

    33: Number of active players born in North Carolina.

    23: Number of players born in Charlotte, most in the state.

    391: Number of players all time born in North Carolina.

     

    Other Notable Active North Carolina Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Dustin Ackley Winston-Salem, NC
    Madison Bumgarner Hickory, NC
    Matt Harrison Durham, NC
    Brandon Phillips Raleigh, NC
    Brian Roberts Durham, NC
    Ryan Vogelsong Charlotte, NC
    Ryan Zimmerman Washington, NC 

     

    Notable North Carolina Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Luke Appling High Point, NC
    Roger Craig Durham, NC
    Rick Ferrell Durham, NC
    Catfish Hunter Hertford, NC
    Mike LaValliere Charlotte, NC
    Gaylord Perry Williamston, NC
    Enos Slaughter Roxboro, NC
    Hoyt Wilhelm Huntersville, NC

North Dakota: Travis Hafner, DH, New York Yankees

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    Born: June 3, 1977 in Jamestown, ND

    Career Stats: 1,129 G, .278/.382/.508, 207 HR, 712 RBI, 10 SB

     

    When it comes to North Dakota and baseball, there's Travis Hafner and nobody else. The 34-year-old full-time designated hitter is the only remaining active player who was born in the Peace Garden state.

    While many thought his career was over after another injury-filled season in 2012, he has been revitalized in the Bronx as a member of the New York Yankees, hitting .284 with an OPS of .976, six home runs and 18 RBI in 28 games.

     

    North Dakota By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in North Dakota.

    One: Number of active players born in North Dakota.

    Three: Number of players born in Grand Forks, most in the state.

    15: Number of players all time born in North Dakota.

     

    Other Notable Active North Dakota Natives

    None.

     

    Notable North Dakota Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Darin Erstad Jamestown, ND
    Rick Helling Devils Lake, ND

Ohio: Nick Swisher, OF/1B, Cleveland Indians

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    Born: November 25, 1980 in Columbus, OH

    Career Stats: 1,237 G, .256/.361/.466, 213 HR, 684 RBI, 12 SB

     

    Coming off of his eighth consecutive season with at least 20 home runs, Nick Swisher returned to his home state of Ohio this past winter, signing with the Cleveland Indians as a free agent after a successful four-year stint with the New York Yankees.

    One of the most affable players in the game, Swisher has helped lead a resurgence in Cleveland, with the Indians (17-14) sitting three games above .500 and in the thick of the race for the top spot in the AL Central.

     

    Ohio By The Numbers

    14: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Ohio.

    35: Number of active players born in Ohio.

    192: Number of players born in Cincinnati, most in the state.

    995: Number of players all time born in Ohio.

     

    Other Notable Active Ohio Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Chad Billingsley Defiance, OH
    Adam Eaton Springfield, OH
    Derek Holland Newark, OH
    Jon Niese Lima, OH
    Joe Smith Cincinnati, OH
    Kevin Youkilis Cincinnati, OH

     

    Notable Ohio Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Roger Bresnahan Toledo, OH
    Roger Clemens Dayton, OH
    Buck Ewing Hoagland, OH
    Rollie Fingers Steubenville, OH
    Jesse Haines Clayton, OH
    Barry Larkin Cincinnati, OH
    Rube Marquard Cleveland, OH
    Phil Niekro Blaine, OH
    Mike Schmidt Dayton, OH
    George Sisler Manchester, OH
    Cy Young Gilmore, OH

Oklahoma: Matt Kemp, CF, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Born: September 23, 1984 in Midwest City, OK

    Career Stats: 926 G, .294/.351/.496, 152 HR, 540 RBI, 157 SB

     

    A two-time All-Star and a perennial MVP candidate when he's healthy, Matt Kemp just beats out St. Louis' Matt Holliday for the top spot in Oklahoma.

    Kemp's combination of power and speed makes him one of the most dangerous and exciting players in the game today. And while he got off to a slow start in 2013, the 28-year-old seems to be getting into a groove, as he's in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak.

     

    Oklahoma By The Numbers

    Five: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Oklahoma.

    23: Number of active players born in Oklahoma.

    40: Number of players born in Tulsa, three more than Oklahoma City for most in the state.

    241: Number of players all time born in Oklahoma.

     

    Other Notable Active Oklahoma Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Dylan Bundy Tulsa, OK
    Tommy Hanson Tulsa, OK
    Matt Holliday Stillwater, OK
    Pete Kozma Tulsa, OK

     

    Notable Oklahoma Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Johnny Bench Oklahoma City, OK
    Joe Carter Oklahoma City, OK
    Tim Flannery Tulsa, OK
    Mickey Mantle Spavinaw, OK
    Bobby Murcer Oklahoma City, OK
    Brad Penny Blackwell, OK
    Allie Reynolds Bethany, OK
    Willie Stargell Earlsboro, OK
    Ralph Terry Big Cabin, OK
    Lloyd Waner Harrah, OK
    Paul Waner Harrah, OK

Oregon: Jacoby Ellsbury, CF, Boston Red Sox

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    Born: September 11, 1983 in Madras, OR

    Career Stats: 615 G, .295/.348/.438, 57 HR, 273 RBI, 201 SB

     

    Much like Oklahoma's Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury is a perennial MVP candidate and one of the game's most exciting players when he's healthy—something that has been an issue for the 29-year-old in recent years.

    Seemingly healthy in 2013, the runner-up for the AL MVP award in 2011 is off to a strong start in what could be his final season in Boston, hitting .270 with a league-leading three triples and 12 stolen bases.

     

    Oregon By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Oregon.

    17: Number of active players born in Oregon.

    56: Number of players born in Portland, the most in the state.

    124: Number of players all time born in Oregon.

     

    Other Notable Active Oregon Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Darwin Barney Portland, OR
    Kevin Gregg Corvallis, OR
    Jeremy Guthrie Roseburg, OR
    Nick Hundley Corvallis, OR
    Jed Lowrie Salem, OR

     

    Notable Oregon Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Danny Ainge Eugene, OR
    Larry Andersen Portland, OR
    Wally Backman Hillsboro, OR
    Scott Brosius Hillsboro, OR
    Dave Kingman Pendleton, OR
    Mickey Lolich Portland, OR
    Dale Murphy Portland, OR
    Johnny Pesky Portland, OR
    Harold Reynolds Eugene, OR
    Richie Sexson Portland, OR

Pennsylvania: Neil Walker, 2B, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    Born: September 10, 1985 in Pittsburgh, PA

    Career Stats: 438 G, .278/.340/.420, 39 HR, 226 RBI, 19 SB

     

    One of the more underrated players in the game, Pittsburgh second baseman Neil Walker has provided the Pirates with a solid bat and decent defense at second base since making his major league debut in 2009.

    Walker has put together three consecutive seasons with double-digit home run totals and at least 65 RBI—not earth-shattering numbers by any means but above-average production for second basemen not named Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia or Dan Uggla.

     

    Pennsylvania By The Numbers

    16: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Pennsylvania.

    32: Number of active players born in Pennsylvania.

    333: Number of players born in Philadelphia, the most in the state.

    1,368: Number of players all time born in Pennsylvania.

     

    Other Notable Active Pennsylvania Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Kyle Blanks Souderton, PA
    Chris Heisey Lancaster, PA
    Devin Mesoraco DuBois, PA
    Nolan Reimold Greenville, PA

     

    Notable Pennsylvania Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Roy Campanella Philadelphia, PA
    Nellie Fox St. Thomas, PA
    Reggie Jackson Abington, PA
    Christy Mathewson Factoryville, PA
    Stan Musial Donora, PA
    Mike Mussina Williamsport, PA
    Mike Piazza Norristown, PA
    Eddie Plank Gettysburg, PA
    Honus Wagner Chartiers, PA
    Hack Wilson Ellwood City, PA

Rhode Island: Paul Konerko, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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    Born: March 5, 1976 in Providence, RI

    Career Stats: 2,172 G, .282/.358/.497, 426 HR, 1,352 RBI, 9 SB

     

    One of the most consistent hitters in baseball over the past dozen years, Paul Konerko is nearing the end of his tremendous career—one that is likely to find him falling just short of entrance into the Hall of Fame once he finally retires.

    A five-time All-Star who hit .300 or better in four seasons, Konerko is the obvious choice over Chris Ianneta, one of the two other active Rhode Island-born players.

     

    Rhode Island By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Rhode Island.

    Three: Number of active players born in Rhode Island.

    32: Number of players born in Providence, the most in the state.

    74: Number of players all time born in Rhode Island.

     

    Other Notable Active Rhode Island Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jeff Beliveau Providence, RI
    Chris Iannetta Providence, RI

     

    Notable Rhode Island Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Rocco Baldelli Woonsocket, RI
    Hugh Duffy Cranston, RI
    Gabby Hartnett Woonsocket, RI
    Nap Lajoie Woonsocket, RI
    Dan Wheeler Providence, RI

South Carolina: Matt Wieters, C, Baltimore Orioles

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    Born: May 21, 1986 in Goose Creek, SC

    Career Stats: 541 G, .259/.327/.419, 69 HR, 267 RBI, 4 SB

     

    A two-time All-Star and Gold Glove recipient, Matt Wieters has firmly established himself as one of the elite defensive catchers in the game today.

    While the 26-year-old has averaged 22 home runs and 76 RBI a season over the past two years, he continues to struggle at the plate, yet to finish a season with an OPS above .800.

    That said, Wieters' superior work behind the plate gives him the nod over one of his battery-mates in Baltimore, Jason Hammel, for the top spot in South Carolina.

     

    South Carolina By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in South Carolina.

    14: Number of active players born in South Carolina.

    14: Number of players born in Columbia, one more than Charleston for most in the state.

    172: Number of players all time born in South Carolina.

     

    Other Notable Active South Carolina Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jared Burton Westminster, SC
    Brett Gardner Holly Hill, SC
    Jason Hammel Greenville, SC
    Jordan Lyles Florence, SC
    Justin Smoak Goose Creek, SC
    Dewayne Wise Columbia, SC

     

    Notable South Carolina Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Larry Doby Camden, SC
    Dan Driessen Hilton Head Island, SC
    Orlando Hudson Darlington, SC
    Joe Jackson Pickens County, SC
    Willie Randolph Holly Hill, SC
    Jim Rice Anderson, SC
    Reggie Sanders Florence, SC
    Mookie Wilson Bamberg, SC

South Dakota: Jason Kubel, LF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Born: May 25, 1982 in Belle Fourche, SD

    Career Stats: 908 G, .268/.334/.467, 137 HR, 528 RBI, 11 SB

     

    South Dakota presented a tough call between two veteran players with very similar career numbers in Mark Ellis and Jason Kubel, but ultimately, Kubel's power beat out Ellis's versatility for the top spot in the home of Mount Rushmore.

    Since becoming an everyday player with the Minnesota Twins in 2007, Kubel has hit .270 with an .811 OPS, averaging 21 home runs and 81 RBI a season.

     

    South Dakota By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in South Dakota.

    Four: Number of active players born in South Dakota.

    Nine: Number of players born in Rapid City, most in the state.

    37: Number of players all time born in South Dakota.

     

    Other Notable Active South Dakota Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Sean Doolittle Rapid City, SD
    Mark Ellis Rapid City, SD

     

    Notable South Dakota Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Sparky Anderson Bridgewater, SD
    Floyd Bannister Pierre, SD
    Justin Duchscherer Aberdeen, SD
    Keith Foulke Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD
    Terry Francona Aberdeen, SD

Tennessee: Todd Helton, 1B, Colorado Rockies

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    Born: August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, TN

    Career Stats: 2,139 G, .320/.418/.545, 356 HR, 1,357 RBI, 37 SB

     

    He's a shell of the player that he once was—it's to be expected when you are closing in on your 40th birthday—but Todd Helton's outstanding 17-year-career makes him the choice over both of last year's Cy Young Award winners, R.A. Dickey and David Price.

    From 1998 through 2004, Helton hit .340 with an OPS of 1.053, averaging 35 homers and 118 RBI a season.

    While his numbers were certainly aided by playing half of his games at Coors Field—and there is a big difference between his career numbers at home and on the road—his numbers outside of Colorado can stand on their own:

      BA OPS HR RBI
    Home .349 1.057 217 822
    Away .289 .865 139 535

     

    Tennessee By The Numbers

    Five: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Tennessee.

    23: Number of active players born in Tennessee.

    45: Number of players born in Memphis, most in the state.

    282: Number of players all time born in Tennessee.

     

    Other Notable Active Tennessee Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Rex Brothers Chapel Hill, TN
    Zack Cosart Memphis, TN
    R.A. Dickey Nashville, TN
    Mike Minor Chapel Hill, TN
    Drew Pomeranz Memphis, TN
    David Price Murfreesboro, TN

     

    Notable Tennessee Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Rick Dempsey Fayetteville, TN
    Steve Finley Union City, TN
    Phil Garner Jefferson City, TN
    Lee Guetterman Chattanooga, TN
    Rick Honeycutt Chattanooga, TN
    Tim McCarver Memphis, TN
    Claude Osteen Caney Spring, TN
    Vada Pinson Memphis, TN
    David Weathers Lawrenceburg, TN
    Ed Whitson Johnson City, TN

Texas: Clayton Kershaw, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Born: March 19, 1988 in Dallas, TX

    Career Stats: 159 G (157 GS), 64-39, 2.73 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.3 K/9

     

    Arguably the best pitcher on the planet at the age of 25, Clayton Kershaw already has a Cy Young Award to his name and career numbers that look too good to be true.

    While there are plenty of active players who were born in Texas that, in the primes of their careers, were powerful forces in baseball, none can compare to the absolute dominance put forward by Kershaw every fifth day.

     

    Texas By The Numbers

    Eight: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Texas.

    110: Number of players born in Houston, most in the state.

    150: Number of active players born in Texas.

    834: Number of players all time born in Texas.

     

    Other Notable Active Texas Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Josh Beckett Spring, TX
    Lance Berkman Waco, TX
    Michael Bourn Houston, TX
    Jay Bruce Beaumont, TX
    Clay Buchholz Nederland, TX
    Carl Crawford Houston, TX
    Adam Dunn Houston, TX
    Austin Jackson Denton, TX
    Hunter Pence Fort Worth, TX
    Huston Street Austin, TX

     

     

    Notable Texas Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Ernie Banks Dallas, TX
    Rogers Hornsby Winters, TX
    Eddie Mathews Texarkana, TX
    Joe Morgan Bonham, TX
    Frank Robinson Beaumont, TX
    Nolan Ryan Refugio, TX
    Tris Speaker Hubbard, TX
    Ross Youngs Shiner, TX

Utah: Brandon Lyon, RHP, New York Mets

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    Born: August 10, 1979 in Salt Lake City, UT

    Career Stats: 550 G (21 GS), 41-46, 4.12 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 6.2 K/9, 79 SV

     

    There's nothing remarkable about Brandon Lyon's 12-year major league career as a somewhat dependable middle reliever. But with a pair of pitchers in Miami's minor league system the only other active players who were born in Utah, Lyon is the choice by default.

     

    Utah By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Utah.

    Three: Number of active players born in Utah.

    16: Number of players born in Salt Lake City, most in the state.

    38: Number of players all time born in Utah.

     

    Other Notable Active Utah Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jordan Smith American Fork, UT
    Mitch Talbot Cedar City, UT

     

    Notable Utah Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Herman Franks Price, UT
    Bruce Hurst St. George, UT
    Duke Sims Salt Lake City, UT
    Elmer Singleton Ogden, UT

Vermont: Daric Barton, 1B, Oakland Athletics

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    Born: August 16, 1985 in Springfield, VT

    Career Stats: 485 G, .249/.361/.371, 27 HR, 165 RBI, 13 SB

     

    Daric Barton has been handed the keys to first base in Oakland on multiple occasions only to bobble the opportunity, winding up on a seemingly never ending shuttle between the big leagues and the minors.

    Yet, when you're the only active player from Vermont, it doesn't really matter how much success—or lack thereof—you've had in the major leagues. You're the best active player born in Vermont by default.

     

    Vermont By The Numbers

    One: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Vermont.

    One: Number of active players born in Vermont.

    Three: Number of players born in Brattleboro, most in the state.

    38: Number of players all time born in Vermont.

     

    Other Notable Active Vermont Natives

    None.

     

    Notable Vermont Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Carlton Fisk Bellows Falls, VT

Virginia: Justin Verlander, RHP, Detroit Tigers

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    Born: February 20, 1983 in Manakin-Sabot, VA

    Career Stats: 239 G (239 GS), 128-67, 3.35 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, 8.5 K/9

     

    It takes a special player to beat out some of the big-time competition in Virginia—a list that includes Justin Upton and David Wright.

    Justin Verlander fits that description.

    One of the two best pitchers in baseball and winner of both the AL Cy Young Award and MVP in 2011, Verlander, 30, remains at the top of his game and a legitimate threat to win his second Cy Young in 2013.

     

    Virginia By The Numbers

    Five: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Virginia.

    23: Number of active players born in Virginia.

    32: Number of players born in Richmond, most in the state.

    589: Number of players all time born in Virginia.

     

    Other Notable Active Virginia Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Michael Cuddyer Norfolk, VA
    Mat Latos Alexandria, VA
    Sean Marshall Richmond, VA
    Joe Saunders Falls Church, VA
    B.J. Upton Norfolk, VA
    Justin Upton Norfolk, VA
    David Wright Norfolk, VA

     

    Notable Virginia Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Al Bumbry Fredericksburg, VA
    Randy Hundley Martinsville, VA
    Todd Hundley Martinsville, VA
    Eppa Rixey Culpeper, VA
    Billy Wagner Tannersville, VA
    Tony Womack Danville, VA

Washington: Tim Lincecum, RHP, San Francisco Giants

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    Born: June 15, 1984 in Bellevue, WA

    Career Stats: 196 G (195 GS), 81-58, 3.36 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 3.5 BB/9, 9.8 K/9

     

    Tim Lincecum's decline since the beginning of the 2012 season has been well documented and his future debated. But there's no changing what he's done up to this point in his career: four consecutive All-Star appearances, three consecutive strikeout titles and back-to-back NL Cy Young Awards in 2008 and 2009.

    No other Washington-born active player can compete with that, making Lincecum the obvious choice.

     

    Washington By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Washington.

    27: Number of active players born in Washington.

    48: Number of players born in Seattle, most in the state.

    181: Number of players all time born in Washington.

     

    Other Notable Active Washington Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Willie Bloomquist Bremerton, WA
    Jeremy Bonderman Kennewick, WA
    Michael Brantley Bellevue, WA
    Ryan Doumit Moses Lake, WA
    Jon Lester Tacoma, WA
    Lyle Overbay Centralia, WA
    Travis Snider Kirkland, WA 

     

    Notable Washington Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Earl Averill Snohomish, WA
    Ron Cey Tacoma, WA
    Jeff Conine Tacoma, WA
    Randy Myers Vancouver, WA
    Ryne Sandberg Spokane, WA
    Ron Santo Seattle, WA

West Virginia: Jedd Gyorko, 2B, San Diego Padres

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    Born: September 23, 1988 in Morgantown, WV

    Career Stats: 33 G, .264/.328/.413, 3 HR, 12 RBI

     

    How can someone in the midst of his rookie season be the greatest active player born in West Virginia? When his competition is a pair of minor league pitchers with a combined 5.93 ERA in 74 innings of major league work, it's pretty easy.

    Jedd Gyorko has been solid at the plate so far for San Diego, not offering as much power as some had hoped but managing to get on base and acclimate himself with the speed of the game at its highest level.

     

    West Virginia By The Numbers

    Three: Number of Hall of Fame players born in West Virginia.

    Three: Number of active players born in West Virginia.

    17: Number of players born in Wheeling, most in the state.

    120: Number of players all time born in West Virginia.

     

    Other Notable Active West Virginia Natives

    Player Birthplace
    David Carpenter Morgantown, WV
    Josh Judy Morgantown, WV

     

    Notable West Virginia Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    George Brett Glen Dale, WV
    Jesse Burkett Wheeling, WV
    Toby Harrah Sissonville, W
    Bill Mazeroski Wheeling, WV
    John Wockenfuss Welch, WV
    Steve Yeager Huntington, WV

Wisconsin: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP, Washington Nationals

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    Born: May 23, 1986 in Auburndale, WI

    Career Stats: 88 G (88 GS), 30-27, 3.29 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 2.1 BB/9, 7.3 K/9

     

    Both Pat Neshek and Jordan Zimmermann have battled arm injuries and come back to have successful major league careers, but it's Zimmermann, just entering the prime of his career, who has been the most impressive.

    Since the beginning of the 2011 season, Zimmermann has pitched to a 2.90 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, numbers befitting of an ace, not a No. 3 starter in a major league rotation—a role Zimmerman currently occupies with Washington, sitting behind both Stephen Strasburg and Gio Gonzalez.

     

    Wisconsin By The Numbers

    Four: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Wisconsin.

    Nine: Number of active players born in Wisconsin.

    53: Number of players born in Milwaukee, most in the state.

    237: Number of players all time born in Wisconsin.

     

    Other Notable Active Wisconsin Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Eric Hinske Menasha, WI
    Pat Neshek Madison, WI

     

    Notable Wisconsin Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Kris Benson Superior, WI
    Burleigh Grimes Emerald, WI
    Mark Grudzielanek Milwaukee, WI
    Addie Joss Woodland, WI
    Kid Nichols Madison, WI
    Brad Radke Eau Claire, WI
    Al Simmons Milwaukee, WI
    Zane Smith Madison, WI

Wyoming: John Buck, C, New York Mets

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    Born: July 7, 1980 in Kemmerer, WY

    Career Stats: 976 G, .235/.302/.410, 128 HR, 452 RBI

     

    John Buck doesn't have much in the way of competition for the top spot in Wyoming, and his play in 2013 for the New York Mets alone would make him the clear-cut choice here.

    Buck is among the league leaders in home runs (10) and RBI (29), all while calling an excellent game behind the plate and handling Mets pitching with aplomb.

     

    Wyoming By The Numbers

    Zero: Number of Hall of Fame players born in Wyoming.

    Two: Number of active players born in Wyoming.

    Four: Number of players born in Cheyenne, most in the state.

    13: Number of players all time born in Wyoming.

     

    Other Notable Active Wyoming Natives

    Player Birthplace
    Jeremy Horst Cheyenne, WY

     

    Notable Wyoming Natives in MLB History

    Player Birthplace
    Tom Browning Casper, WY
    Mike Devereaux Casper, WY
    Mike Lansing Rawlins, WY