This April we begin the month looking forward to what comes from 12 men and a few more. We will watch what they do and say, perhaps learning some lessons from them. We may disagree and perhaps even be disappointed in what they do. But we will watch, and what we see will inform how we see the next six months. One of these men has already made a strong statement this week, raising our expectations for this year. Will our expectations be met?

I am, of course, referring to Bryce Harper, who began the year with back-t0-back home runs off of the Marlin’s Ricky Nolasco. Where exactly do you go from there?

But there are eleven other active players who began the season yesterday, two more on the DL, another two on the 40-man rosters of major league teams but who will start the year in the minors, and eleven more on minor league teams. There are also two minor league players who seem to be unassigned, when I looked at the rosters, and another playing in Japan, who started his season on March 30th. In all, I count 28 Mormon players in professional baseball (although I suspect that there are more that I haven’t learned of).

Here’s a run down of who is playing where:

Current Roster Players:

  • Darwin Barney—infielder—Chicago Cubs
    15-day DL – normally starting second base
  • John Buck — catcher — New York Mets
    starting catcher
  • Jacoby Ellsbury — outfielder — Boston Red Sox
    starting center fielder
  • Kyle Farnsworth — relief pitcher — Tampa Bay Rays
    setup for closer Fernando Rodney
  • Jeremy Guthrie — starting pitcher (right handed) — Kansas City Royals
    starting pitcher, 3rd in Royals’ rotation
  • Roy Halladay— starting pitcher (right handed) — Philadelphia Phillies
    starting pitcher, 2nd in Phillies’ rotation
  • Bryce Harper — outfielder — Washington Nationals
    starting left field
  • Elliot Johnson — infielder — Kansas City Royals
    backup second base, short stop and third base
  • Josh Johnson — starting pitcher (right handed) – Toronto Blue Jays
    starting pitcher, 4th in the Blue Jays’ rotation
  • Matt Lindstrom — relief pitcher (right handed) – Chicago White Sox
  • Brandon Lyon — relief pitcher (right handed) — New York Mets
  • Clayton Mortensen — relief pitcher (right handed) —Boston Red Sox
  • Adam Rosales — 2B — Oakland A’s
    15-day DL – normally backup infielder
  • Eric Sogard — infielder — Oakland A’s
    backup second base, short stop and third base

In Minor Leagues

  • Tyson Brummett — relief pitcher (right handed) — Toronto Blue Jays organization
    New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League – AA (opening game April 4)
  • Taylor Cole — starting pitcher (right handed) — Toronto Blue Jays organization
    Lansing Lugnuts of the Midwest League – A (opening game April 4)
  • Jeff Gelalich — outfielder — Cincinnati Reds organization
    Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League – A (opening game April 4)
  • Austin Hall — pitcher (right handed) — Milwaukee Brewers organization
    AZL Brewers of the Arizona Leauge – Rookie (opening game June 20)
  • Bryan Harper — relief pitcher (left handed) — Washington Nationals organization Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League – A short-season (opening game June 17)
  • Blaine Howell — relief pitcher (left handed) — Cincinnati Reds organization
    unassigned?? (was with Bakersfield Blaze of the California League – A+ (opening game April 4)
  • Marcus Littlewood — catcher — Seattle Mariners organization
    Everett WA AquaSox of the Northwest League – A (opening game June 12)
  • Mitch Maier — outfielder — Boston Red Sox organization
    Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League – AAA (opening game April 4)
  • Taylor Mangum — relief pitcher (right-handed) — Milwaukee Brewers organization
    Wisconsin Timber Rattlers of the Midwest League – A (opening game April 4)
  • Matthew Neil — starting pitcher (right handed) — Miami Marlins organization
    Jacksonville Suns of the Southern League – AA (opening game April 4)
  • Stephen Parker — 3rd base — Milwaukee Brewers organization
    Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League – AAA (opening game April 4)
    Traded to the Brewers from the As in the off season
  • Shane Peterson — outfielder — Oakland A’s organization (40-man MLB roster)
    Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League – AAA (opening game April 4)
  • Mitch Talbot — starting pitcher (right handed) — Miami Marlins organization
    New Orleans Zephyrs of the Pacific Coast League – AAA (opening game April 4)
  • Nik Turley — starting pitcher (right handed) — New York Yankees organization (40-man MLB roster)
    Trenton Thunder of the Eastern League – AA (opening game April 4)
  • Jordan Whatcott — relief pitcher (right handed) — Philadelphia Phillies organization
    unassigned?? (was with Reading Fightin’ Phils of the Eastern League – AA (opening game April 4)

Foreign Leagues:

  • Brandon Duckworth — starting pitcher (right handed) — Rakuten Golden Eagles

Last Year’s players released: (could still be picked up by other teams)

  • Derek Cone — starting pitcher (right handed) — Los Angeles Dodgers organization Released.
    Cone has returned to school at ASU pursuing a degree in Accounting
  • Willie Mays Eyre — starting pitcher (right handed) — Texas Rangers organization
  • Kyle Hurst — relief pitcher (right handed) — Independent
  • Cale Iorg — Second base — Detroit Tigers organization
    Released, Played for Canada in WBC
    Seems like he might find another team.
  • Lance Pendleton — starting pitcher (right handed) — Tampa Bay Ray’s organization
    Now a salesman with Baker Hughes

Other players who may be Mormon:

  • Rick Anton – pitcher – LA Dodgers organization
  • Tyler Hanks — pitcher — Washington Nationals organization
  • Kam Mickolio — pitcher — Arizona Diamondbacks organization (apparently not Mormon, but I don’t have evidence either way)
  • Brad Thompson — pitcher — Houston Astros organization
  • Other remote possibilities: Jay Brossman, Brian Budrow, Tyler Chism, Dallas Christison, Stephen Fife, Steve Hirschfeld, Zachary Jones, Ryan Khoury, Cole Miles, A. J. Murray, Jordan Taylor Pratt, Tanner Robles, Braeden Schlehuber, Justin Smith, Matt Spring

Non-Mormons who may be confused for Mormons

  • Matt Carson — non-Mormon who went to BYU
  • Derek Christensen
  • Egan Smith
  • Jordan Smith

[Crossposted from Mormon Baseball. Please make any comments there. You can also fill out the form there to inform me of other Mormon baseball players.]