SS Andrelton Simmons (Western): A second-round pick three years ago, the Braves' starting shortstop is hitting .229 with 4 HRs, 18 RBIs. Singleton hit .289 in 166 at bats in his major league debut last season.
Manager John Farrell (OSU): After leading Toronto to a 154-170 record two seasons Farrell replaced Bobby Valentine in Boston. The Red Sox are off to a good start, a viable playoff contender in what some thought might be a rebuilding 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 is out until the All-Star break.
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. The White Sox started slow but have been hot lately to climb toward .500.
C George Kottaras (Connors): Earned the backup job behind Salvador Perez. Kottaras has one home run and five RBIs in a limited role.
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 (2-1, 3.86 ERA) has been away from the team following the death of his stepbrother but should return this week.
P Garrett Richards (Edmond Memorial): Bouncing between Triple-A and the majors last season, the 25-year-old right-hander has been with the Angels all season. Richards (2-3, 5.35 ERA) has made four starts but primarily has been used out of the bullpen.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS
OF Matt Kemp (Midwest City): One of the top hitters in baseball, the All-Star center fielder hasn't compiled his usual gaudy stats. Kemp is hitting .265 with seven stolen bases but only two homers and 17 RBIs, far off the pace of 39 homers, 126 RBIs two years ago.
3B/PH Greg Dobbs (OU): The 34-year-old bench specialist is hitting .215 with one home run and seven RBIs.
P Nick Blackburn (Del City, Seminole): Underwent elbow (bone chip) surgery following a disappointing season (7.39 ERA). Blackburn, who now lives in Washington, is in rehab in Florida after undergoing wrist surgery in February.
Manager Ron Gardenhire (Okmulgee): “Gardy” has had only three losing seasons in 11 years but the Twins are coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Minnesota is projected to finish in the AL Central cellar. It's impressive Gardenhire led the small market Twins to six division titles (951-878 career record).
NEW YORK METS
Jeremy Hefner (Perkins, ORU): 27-year-old right-hander, who once lived in Moore, is in the Mets rotation after bouncing between the rotation and the bullpen last season. Hefner is 0-5 with a 4.76 ERA and 37 strikeouts.
P Brett Anderson (Stillwater): 25-year-old left-hander once again is battling an injury. Anderson returned successfully from Tommy John surgery last year to help lead the A's to the playoffs. This time it's a foot stress fracture. Anderson was 1-4 before going on the DL but is 26-29 with a career 3.74 ERA.
SS Jordy Mercer (Taloga, OSU): Despite a strong showing in spring training, Mercer was sent to Triple-A. Mercer was recalled by the Pirates following two injuries. Mercer has hit .261 with three homers in 15 games after opening the season hitting .333 with 19 RBIs at Indianapolis.
OF Matt Holliday (Stillwater): The six-time All-Star is a career .311 hitter. Holliday is hitting .263 with six homers. He's on pace for another 100 RBI season which would be his sixth in the last eight years.
SS Pete Kozma (Owasso): Named the starter after Rafael Furcal underwent elbow surgery. Kozma hit .333 in 72 at bats last season and had some key hits in the playoffs. Rumors are the Cardinals might make a trade to replace Kozma but he's holding his own (. 260, 17 RBIs).
P Tyler Lyons (OSU): Ninth-round pick in 2010 possesses a nasty curveball. After going 9-13 with 4.13 ERA at two levels last year Lyons started the season at Triple-A but was brilliant last week in his Major League debut, allowing only one run and four hits in seven innings.
DH Luke Scott (OSU): Started the season on the disabled list but is the Rays' primary designated hitter. Scott is off to a hot start with three homers and 15 RBIs in 21 games.
P Jamey Wright (Westmoore): The 38-year-old right-hander once again made a Major League bullpen as a non-roster invitee. Playing for 10 different major league teams, Wright is nearing 2,000 career innings. He's 90-125 with a career 4.88 ERA.
P Josh Johnson (Jenks): The 29-year-old right-hander was obtained in a trade with Miami. Johnson (0-1, 6.86 ERA in four starts) is on a rehab assignment. In his ninth major league season, Johnson is 56-38 with a career 3.23 ERA.
1B Adam LaRoche (Seminole State): A 33-year-old veteran, LaRoche signed a two-year $24 million deal after slamming 33 homers with 100 RBIs last season for the Nationals. LaRoche once again is providing power (seven homers, 21 RBIs) out of the cleanup spot.
Other notable players with Oklahoma ties
Additional players with Oklahoma ties. Some are attempting to return to the majors and some are high profile prospects at various levels in the minors.
P Chase Anderson (OU), Arizona: After a solid season last year in Double-A (5-4, 2.86 ERA in 104 IP, 97 Ks), Anderson is 3-5 with a 5.47 ERA at Triple-A Reno.
P Clayton Blackburn (Edmond Santa Fe), SF: Was a 16th round pick but had a standout season in Class A (8-4, 2.54 ERA) last year to move onto Giants top 10 prospects list. He's 2-2 with a 4.39 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 41 IP in high Class A San Jose.
P Archie Bradley (Broken Arrow), Arizona: The 2011 first round pick — No. 7 overall — is off to a sizzling start, earning a quick promotion to Double-A Mobile. Bradley is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 55 IP.
OF Corey Brown (OSU), Washington: Slammed 25 HRs in Triple-A last season and earned a late-season call-up. Brown is hitting .261 with four homers and 13 RBIs at Triple-A Syracuse.
P Dylan Bundy (Owasso), Baltimore: Baseball's top pitching prospect dominated in the minors last year. There was speculation he might join the Orioles rotation late this season but was shut down last month because of elbow pain. Bundy still hasn't resumed throwing.
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. He's hitting well (. 315, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs) with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs but is blocked by Michael Young.
P Justin Friend (OSU), Philadelphia: 26-year-old right-hander has advanced to Triple-A but is 2-2 with a 6.98 ERA in a relief role.
P Michael Fulmer (Deer Creek), New York Mets: First-round 2011 pick got off to solid start (7-6, 2.74 in 108 IP) last year in his first full pro season. Fulmer underwent minor knee surgery during spring training and has made only one start.
3B Matt Hague (OSU), Pittsburgh: Hit .229 in 70 at bats in his major league debut a year ago; Hague is off to a solid start (. 293, 3 HRs, 26 RBIs) for Triple-A Indianapolis.
P Andrew Heaney (Putnam City, OSU), Miami: Ninth overall pick in 2012 received a $2.6 million signing bonus. An oblique injury sidelined him for two months but Heaney last week made his 2013 debut with high Class A Jupiter.
P Ty Hensley (Edmond Santa Fe), New York Yankees: A late first-round pick in 2012, Hensley received a $1.1 million signing bonus. Hensley underwent hip surgery this spring. He hopes to return to Class A Charleston in late July or August.
P Matt Hoffman (Owasso), Detroit: Selected in the 26th round six years ago, the 24-year-old left-hander is 1-1 with a 1.26 ERA in a relief role at Triple-A Toledo.
C Jason Jaramillo (OSU), Houston: Playing for the RedHawks, the 30-year-old veteran is hitting .138 with seven RBIs. He's closing in on 2,000 career minor league at bats. He hit .235 in 336 at bats over three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier in his career.
P Austin Kirk (Owasso), Cubs: Third-round pick in 2009 pitched well (9-3, 3.12 overall) last season. At high class A Daytona Kirk is 5-2 with a 5.02 ERA.
P Stephen Kohlscheen (Norman North), Seattle: A 45th round pick three years ago out of Auburn, Kohlscheen is 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA and one save in a relief role at Double-A Jackson.
P Daniel McCutchen (OU), Baltimore: Advanced to Triple-A in the Pirates system last year. McCutchen is eligible to return on May 29 at Triple-A Norfolk after being suspended for testing positive for a banned substance.
C 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 a year ago. Ogle is hitting .287 with six homers, 24 RBIs for Class A Great Lakes.
P Andy Oliver (OSU), Pittsburgh: There was talk the 25-year-old lefty might be moved to the bullpen but he's 3-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts with Triple-A Indianapolis. He pitched a little for Detroit but hasn't pitched in the majors in two years.
P David Purcey (OU), White Sox: Former first round draft pick, 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), LA Dodgers: A 16th round pick, Patterson pitched well last year in Double-A (7-1, 3.07 ERA) but is off to a slow start (2-1, 5.27 ERA) at Triple-A Albuquerque.
C J.T. Realmuto (Carl Albert), Miami: The Marlins' No. 12 prospect, a former third-round pick, collected 46 RBIs last year in high Class A. Realmuto is hitting .210 with two homers as the starting catcher at Double-A Jacksonville.
P Scott Richmond (OSU), Texas: The 33-year-old right-hander signed with the Rangers two weeks ago. Richmond was 9-14 with 5.27 ERA in 36 career appearances with Toronto. Richmond is 1-0 in two starts with Triple-A Round Rock.
P Casey Sadler, (Ripley, Western), Pittsburgh: Continues to climb through the Pirates' system. Sadler is 5-3 with 2.81 ERA in 10 starts at Double-A Altoona.
P Duke vonSchaman (Edmond Santa Fe), LA Dodgers: A 15th round pick out of Texas Tech three years ago, vonSchaman is 6-1 with a 3.99 ERA at high Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
C Jackson Williams (OU), San Francisco: Selected in the first round six years ago, the 43rd overall pick, Williams is hitting .176 with three homers and eight RBIs at Triple-A Fresno after batting .247 with 11 homers last year in Triple-A.