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, Farrell replaces Bobby Valentine. Farrell's challenge is to get the rebuilding Red Sox back on track after a disaster season.
P Scott Baker (OSU): Coming off Tommy John elbow surgery, the 31-year-old right-hander signed with the Cubs after going 63-48 (4.15 ERA) in seven seasons with the Twins. Baker had a setback during spring training and will begin the season on the DL. He hopes to return in May.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Manager Robin Ventura (OSU): In his first season, with zero managerial experience, Ventura had the White Sox atop the AL Central much of the season. Chicago finished 85-77, three games behind Detroit.
C George Kottaras (Connors): Earned the backup job behind Salvador Perez. Kottaras hit .211 in 171 at bats last year with Milwaukee.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS
P Tommy Hanson (Tulsa born): Pitching through a partially torn rotator cuff injury last season with Atlanta (13-10, 4.48 ERA), Hanson has lost some zip on his fastball. Hanson wasn't sharp in spring training but the Angels believe he can return to his old form.
Coach Mike Butcher (NEO): Pitching coach enters his 28th season in pro baseball, his seventh season with the Angels.
P Garrett Richards (Edmond Memorial): After going 4-3 with 4.69 ERA in 71 IP last year, the 25-year-old right-hander had a solid spring. Richards is first in line if the Angels lose someone from the rotation.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
OF Matt Kemp (Midwest City): One of the top hitters in baseball probably should have won the NL MVP two years ago. Kemp was hampered by a hamstring injury last season that sidelined the All-Star two months, but he still hit .303 with 23 HRs and 69 RBIs in 403 at bats.
3B/PH Greg Dobbs (OU): The 34-year-old bench specialist was sidelined much of spring training. Dobbs 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). He will start the season on the disabled list after undergoing wrist surgery in February.
Manager Ron Gardenhire (Okmulgee): The organization has slipped. “Gardy” has had only three losing seasons in 11 years but the rebuilding Twins are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Impressive that he led small budget Minnesota to six division titles (932-851 career record).
Jeremy Hefner (Perkins, ORU): 27-year-old right-hander will start the season in the rotation with Johan Santana expected to start on the DL. Hefner spent some of last season in the minors but earned a promotion, going 4-7 with a 5.09 ERA with the Mets.
P Brett Anderson (Stillwater): 25-year-old left-hander has compiled solid stats (25-25, 3.57 ERA) when healthy. Anderson is the A's Opening Day starter but he must prove he's durable. Anderson pitched well late last season after returning from Tommy John surgery.
2B Jordy Mercer (Taloga, OSU): In a brief call-up Mercer hit .210 in 62 at bats with the Pirates late last season and followed with a solid spring to earn a bench role.
OF Matt Holliday (Stillwater): The six-time All-Star is a career .313 hitter. Holliday provided much needed consistent production after Albert Pujols bolted via free agency. Holliday hit .295 with 27 home runs, 102 RBIs to anchor the Cardinals lineup.
SS Pete Kozma (Owasso): Will be the Cardinals opening day starter after Rafael Furcal underwent elbow surgery. Pressed into a starting role late last season, Kozma responded, hitting .333 in 72 at bats with Cardinals. He also contributed some postseason highlights.
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 Scott slammed 14 HRs with 55 RBIs in 314 at bats his first season in Tampa Bay. He re-signed with the Rays.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org).