By: Jeremy Cluff, azcentral sports | May 16, 2016
Editor’s note: We’ve updated this story in anticipation of the 2017 MLB season.
More than 100 Major League Baseball players were born in Arizona.
Tommy Joseph, a Phoenix native who attended Phoenix Horizon High, became the 101st Arizona native to play in the major leagues, according to baseball-reference.com, when he made his debut with the Philadelphia Phillies last May.
Joseph was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2009 draft.
He went to the Phillies in 2012 as part of the Hunter Pence trade.
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Joseph was the second Arizona-born player to make his MLB debut last season.
Texas Rangers catcher Brett Nicholas became the 100th Arizona-born player when he debuted for the Rangers earlier last season.
Arizona’s first major leaguer was Flame Delhi in 1912.
Current Arizona-born players in the major leagues include Buckeye’s Kole Calhoun (Angels), Tucson’s J.J. Hardy (Orioles), Tucson’s Ian Kinsler (Tigers), Tucson’s Tom Wilhelmson (Diamondbacks) and Phoenix’s Andre Ethier (Dodgers).
Some of the best previous baseball players from Arizona through the years include Bob Howry (Phoenix), Alex Kellner (Tucson), Ron Hassey (Tucson), Tom Pagnozzi (Tucson), Rex Hudler (Tempe), Billy Hatcher (Williams) and John Denny (Prescott).
Will we see any Arizona natives make their MLB debuts in 2017?
To see all of the Arizona-born MLB players (including place of birth and information on their MLB career), click here.
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Editor’s note: Many MLB players, like the Diamondbacks’ Jake Barrett and former White Sox slugger Paul Konerko attended an Arizona high school but were not born in Arizona. That is why they are not included in this list.
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