Coach John Russell (Norman, OU): Former Pirates manager (2008-10) is a bench coach with the Orioles, his third season in Baltimore.
Manager John Farrell (OSU): After leading the Blue Jays to a 154-170 record two seasons in Toronto (81-81 two years ago) Farrell replaces Bobby Valentine in Fenway Park. Farrell tries to get the Red Sox back on track after a disaster season.
P Scott Baker (OSU): The 31-year-old right-hander missed the 2012 season after undergoing elbow surgery. He was 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA during his time with the Twins. He's now getting a new beginning with the Cubs.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Manager Robin Ventura (OSU): In his first season, with no managerial experience, Ventura had the White Sox atop the AL Central for much of the season. Chicago finished 85-77, three games behind Detroit.
P Tommy Hanson (Tulsa born): Pitching through a partially torn rotator cuff injury he experienced one of his worst seasons (13-10, 4.48 ERA) and was traded from Atlanta to the Angels.
Coach Mike Butcher (NEO): Pitching coach enters his 28th season in pro baseball, his seventh season with the Angels.
P Garrett Richards (Edmond Memorial): This is a pivotal season for the 25-year-old right-hander. He was 4-3 with a 4.69 ERA in 71 innings with the Angels last season and also spent some time in Triple-A.
OF Matt Kemp (Midwest City): One of the majors' top players. The All-Star was hampered by a severe hamstring injury that sidelined him for two months last season, but he still hit .303 with 23 HRs and 69 RBIs.
1B/3B Greg Dobbs (OU): The 34-year-old veteran hit .285 with 5 HRs, 39 RBIs in 319 at bats last season with the Marlins.
P Nick Blackburn (Del City, Seminole): Underwent elbow (bone chip) surgery following a disappointing season (7.39 ERA). Now a veteran. He owns a career 43-55 record with a 4.85 ERA.
Manager Ron Gardenhire (Okmulgee): The organization has slipped. “Gardy” has had only three losing seasons in 11 years as skipper, but the rebuilding Twins are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. During his time in Minnesota, he's led the small-budget Twins to six division titles (932-851 career record).
Jeremy Hefner (Perkins, ORU): The 27-year-old relies on pinpoint control. He was 4-7 with 5.09 ERA in his first extensive stint in the majors.
P Brett Anderson (Stillwater): Returned a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 25-year-old left-hander helped the A's win the AL West, going 4-2 with a 2.57 ERA late in the season. When he's been healthy, he's been good (career 25-25 with 3.57 ERA).
3B Matt Hague (OSU): Hit .229 in 70 at bats with the Pirates but will be in a battle for a roster spot.
2B Jordy Mercer (Taloga, OSU): In a brief call-up, Mercer hit .210 in 62 at bats with the Pirates but must battle for a roster spot.
OF Matt Holliday (Stillwater): A six-time All-Star, a career .313 hitter. Provided much-needed consistent production after Albert Pujols bolted for free agency. Holliday hit .295 with 27 home runs, 102 RBIs.
SS Pete Kozma (Owasso): Pressed into a starting role after Rafael Furcal's elbow injury, Kozma responded. He hit only .232 in Triple-A in more than 400 at bats but batted .333 in 72 late-season at bats with St. Louis. He also supplied some clutch postseason highlights. The plan is he will fill a utility role.
Coach Mike Brumley, Southeast, Tulsa Union): Enters his 29th year in pro baseball, his third year as first base coach with Seattle.
DH Luke Scott (OSU): Once again battled injuries but slammed 14 HRs with 55 RBIs in 314 at bats in first season in Tampa Bay. Re-signed with the Rays.
P Jamey Wright (Westmoore): The 38-year-old right-hander continues to extend his career. He went 5-3 with 3.72 ERA with Dodgers last season. He signed a minor league deal with the Rays similar to his spring training audition last year in LA.
P Josh Johnson (Jenks): The 29-year-old right-hander has lost a little velocity and went 8-14 (3.81 ERA) with the Marlins. He was traded to the revamped Jays, and Toronto is counting on him to bounce back if the Bluejays want to be a serious competitor.
1B Adam LaRoche (Seminole Juco): A 33-year-old veteran, LaRoche hit .271 with 33 homers, 100 RBIs. It helped him earn a hefty two-year $24 million deal, re-signing with the Nationals.
Other notable players with Oklahoma ties
Additional players with Oklahoma ties, including veterans hoping to return to the majors and prospects trying to work their way up the minor league ladder.
SS Jason Bartlett (OU): Hampered by a knee injury, 33-year-old free agent is a career .271 hitter but he hit .133 in 29 games last season.
P Clayton Blackburn (Edmond Santa Fe), SF: Standout season in Class A (8-4, 2.54 ERA) has moved him to a top 10 prospect in the Giants organization.
P Archie Bradley (Arizona): First-round pick in 2011 — No. 7 overall — was a workhorse in Class A (12-6, 3.84 in 136 innings) in his first full pro season.
OF Corey Brown (OSU), Washington: A late-season call up (25 at bats) after hitting .285 with 25 HRs, 71 RBIs in Triple-A.
C Ryan Budde (OSU): The 33-year-old veteran spent most of last season in Triple-A, helping lead Reno Aces (Arizona) to the PCL title.
P Dylan Bundy (Owasso), Baltimore: The No. 4 overall pick in 2011 dominated in the minors (9-3, 2.08 ERA) and is on the fast track to the majors.
3B Josh Fields (Stillwater, OSU), Philadelphia: Solid season (.322, 13 HRs, 71 RBIs) with Dodgers' Triple-A team but felt he had a better shot to get back to majors with the Phillies.
P Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek), NY Mets: Late first-round sandwich pick in 2011 got off to solid start (7-6, 2.74 in 108 IP) in Class A in his first full pro season.
P Andrew Heaney (Putnam City, OSU), Miami: A first-round pick in 2012 he received a $2.6 million signing bonus.
P Ty Hensley (Edm. Santa Fe), NY Yankees: Late first-round pick in 2012 received a $1.1 million signing bonus.
P Chad James (Yukon), Miami: This is a pivotal year for the 2009 first-round pick (6-10 with 4.87 ERA last year in Class A).
P Austin Kirk (Owasso), Cubs: Third-round pick in 2009 pitched well (9-3, 3.12 overall) to reach Double-A late last season.
P Andy Oliver (OSU), Pittsburgh: New opportunity for 25-year-old lefty. He's a starter but might end up a reliever. He was traded to the Pirates after 5-9, 4.88 ERA season with Detroit's Triple-A team.
P Red Patterson (Southwestern), Dodgers: 16th round pick is on the radar as a reliever after a 7-1, 3.07 ERA season in Double-A.
C Jake Realmuto (Carl Albert), Miami: Former third-round pick advanced to Class A last season, hitting .256 with eight HRs, 46 RBIs.
P Scott Richmond (OSU): The 33-year-old free agent spent most of last season in Triple-A, posting a 5.61 ERA in 134 innings.
2B Freddy Sanchez (OCU): Career is in limbo following back surgery. Three-time All-Star, career .297 hitter. The 35-year-old vet missed the 2012 season.
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