During the 2017 season, a total of 38 Dominicans saw action for the first time, a record number of rookies in a campaign, which could end up being surpassed in the current year, as the season’s calendar reaches its final days.
The Dominican Republic continues to set the standard among countries exporting players to Major League Baseball in the United States, expanding its player base considerably year after year.
An example of this was the performance of veteran Zack Britton on September 24, staging his first game of the 2022 campaign, where he became the #180th Dominican player by birth or descent to see action in the season, breaking a record set a year earlier, according to the website “Por los 411”.
According to WinterBallData, a site specializing in Dominican baseball historical records, 35 men from the list of players who have participated in the current Major League season have debuted this year in the league, which could approach another historical representation record.
During the 2017 season, a total of 38 Dominicans saw action for the first time, the highest mark of debutants in a campaign, which could end up being surpassed in the current year, as the season’s calendar reaches its final days.
Between 2010 and 2019, which covers the past decade, the number of Dominicans who made their MLB debuts was 280, the most in a ten-season span since Osvaldo Virgil became the first Dominican to make his MLB debut in 1956.
The recent records of the embassy of the Dominican Republic show a clear constancy in the production of talent for the highest level, a tradition that does not seem to diminish in the coming years.
The ample representation of the Dominican Republic in the current year has been surrounded by memorable performances, citing as examples the seasons of talents such as Sandy Alcantara, Manny Machado or Julio Rodriguez.