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Louisiana Natives in Major League Baseball to Start the 2018 Season

The greatest day of the year in my opnion is here — Opening Day of Major League Baseball! And for the first time in quite a few years, every one of the teams will be starting their season on the same day.

Yeah, I know it’s not quite “America’s Pastime” anymore, but it’s still loved by millions.

I was checking out some of the teams’ Opening Day rosters to see who made it and who didn’t. In doing so I noticed some familiar names with equally familiar hometowns next to them.

That got me wondering: “How many Louisiana natives are actually in the Big Leagues?”

The answer kind of surprised me. There aren’t many.

The minor leagues are a different story, but for this list, we’ll just include the Big Leaguers.

So here you go, Major League baseball players who are from the great state of Louisiana that are starting the season with a MLB team. (Click on a player’s name to get their full profile including stats.)



Milwaukee Brewers v Seattle Mariners
Stephen Brashear, Getty Images


Wade LeBlanc

Seattle Mariners



Hometown: Lake Charles
College: Alabama
Position: Relief Pitcher
Age: 33


Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets
Mike Stobe, Getty Images


Seth Lugo

New York Mets



Hometown: Shreveport
College: Centenary
Position: Starting Pitcher
Age: 28


Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers
Duane Burleson, Getty Images


Mikie Mahtook

Detroit Tigers



Hometown: Lafayette
College: LSU
Position: Outfielder
Age: 28


Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies
Mitchell Leff, Getty Images


Aaron Nola

Philadelphia Phillies



Hometown: Baton Rouge
College: LSU
Position: Starting Pitcher
Age: 24


Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers
Jayne Kamin-Oncea, Getty Images


Taijuan Walker

Arizona Diamondbacks



Hometown: Shreveport
College: None
Position: Starting Pitcher
Age: 25


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