Major League Baseball: Opening Day Oklahomans

A look at the players with Oklahoma ties on rosters for MLB's Opening Day.
by Michael Baldwin Published: March 31, 2013
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P Jamey Wright (Westmoore): The 38-year-old right-hander continues to extend his career. Wright went 5-3 with 3.72 ERA with Dodgers last season. Once again he was a nonroster invitee but was given the final spot in the Rays bullpen.

TORONTO

P Josh Johnson (Jenks): The 29-year-old right-hander was 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA last season in Miami. Traded this offseason to Toronto, the revamped Jays are counting on Johnson bouncing back to bolster their playoff chances.

WASHINGTON

1B Adam LaRoche (Seminole Juco): A 33-year-old veteran, LaRoche hit .271 with 33 homers, 100 RBIs to earn a hefty two-year $24 million deal with the Nationals.

Other notable players with Oklahoma ties

Additional players with Oklahoma ties. Some are attempting to return to the majors. Some are high-profile prospects at various levels in the minors.

P Chase Anderson (OU), Arizona: Will start the season in Reno (Triple-A) after a solid season (5-4, 2.86 ERA in 104 IP, 97 Ks) in Double-A.

SS Jason Bartlett (OU): The 33-year-old free agent's career could be over. He was a career .271 hitter but batted .133 in 29 games last season with San Diego.

P Clayton Blackburn (Edmond Santa Fe), SF: Was a 16th-round pick but standout season in Class A (8-4, 2.54 ERA) has moved him up to the No. 11 prospect in the Giants organization at age 20.

P Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow), 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: Given an extensive look in spring training (51 at bats) but he returns to Triple-A where he hit .285 with 25 HRs, 71 RBIs at Syracuse last season.

C Ryan Budde (OSU): 33-year-old veteran spent most of last season in Triple-A and probably will retire.

P Dylan Bundy (Owasso), Baltimore: Baseball's top pitching prospect dominated in the minors last year. Bundy will start season in Double-A but could join the Orioles rotation later this season.

3B Josh Fields (Stillwater, OSU), Philadelphia: The former first-round pick compiled a solid season (. 322, 13 HRs, 71 RBIs) with the Dodgers' Triple-A team. Fields switched organizations but once again starts the season in Triple-A.

P Justin Friend (OSU), Philadelphia: 26-year-old right-hander will start the season in Triple-A. Friend could make his Major League debut later this season.

P Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek), NY Mets: Late first-round 2011 pick got off to solid start (7-6, 2.74 in 108 IP) in his first full pro season; underwent minor knee surgery during spring training.

3B Matt Hague (OSU), Pittsburgh: Hit .229 in 70 at bats during a late-season promotion to the majors but was sent to Triple-A late in training camp.

P Andrew Heaney (Putnam City, OSU), Miami: First-round pick in 2012 received a $2.6 million signing bonus. Was 1-2 with 4.66 ERA in six minor league starts. Heaney rehabbed a strained lat muscle during spring training.

P Ty Hensley (Edmond Santa Fe), NY Yankees: Late first-round pick in 2012 received a $1.1 million signing bonus. Hensley is expected to open season at Low A Charleston.

P Chad James (Yukon), Miami: Beginning his fourth full pro season, the 2009 first-round pick (6-10 with 4.87 ERA last year in Class A) hopes to re-establish his prospect status.

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 Tyler Lyons (OSU), St. Louis: Ninth-round pick in 2010 possesses a nasty curveball. After going 9-13 with 4.13 ERA at two levels last year Lyons will open the season in the minors but could make his Major League debut this season.

P Daniel McCutchen (OU), Baltimore: Advanced to Triple-A in the Pirates system last year. McCutchen is working on new three-quarters slot delivery with the Orioles.

P Tyler Ogle (OU), LA Dodgers: Ninth-round pick in 2011 is advancing through system. Ogle, 22, hit .340 with nine HRs in his first full pro season.

P Andy Oliver (OSU), Pittsburgh: 25-year-old lefty, a former high draft pick, has been a starter but might end up as a reliever. Oliver spent last season with Detroit's Triple-A team. He was traded to the Pirates but once again begins the season in Triple-A.

P David Purcey (OU), White Sox: Purcey was 15-18 in 200 Major League innings but spent last season with the Phillies Triple-A team. Purcey, 30, is trying to revive his career with a new organization.

P Red Patterson (Southwestern), Dodgers: 16th-round pick pitched well last year in Double-A (7-1, 3.07 ERA) but struggled in the Arizona Fall League.

C Jake Realmuto (Carl Albert), Miami: Marlins No. 12 prospect was given nine at bats early in spring training. Former third-round pick advanced to Class A last season, hitting .256 with eight HRs, 46 RBIs.

P Scott Richmond (OSU): 33-year-old free agent spent most of last season in Triple-A. An injury prevented him from pitching for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

2B Freddy Sanchez (OCU): Career is probably over. Three-time All-Star was a career .297 hitter. The 35-year-old vet missed the 2012 season with a back injury.

P Mark Serrano (ORU), Cincinnati: Sixth round pick in 2009 was solid last year in Double-A (7-4, 3.95 ERA in 93.1 IP).

C Jackson Williams (OU), San Francisco: Hit .247 with 11 HRs in Triple-A last season. Williams trying to become Buster Posey's backup.

(Note: If you know a player with Oklahoma ties in the Majors not on the list email Mike Baldwin at mbaldwin@oklahoman.com).


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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