We are a week away from the first Spring Training baseball games, and most players have already reported. And as always happens during the off-season, many players have moved from one team to another as managers search for just the right combination of players, and players look for more money or better opportunities.
Of course, the Mormons in professional are no exception. Here is a rundown of the Mormons who played at least one game in the majors last year and where they are at the moment. Tomorrow I’ll give a rundown of those who only played in the minors last year.
Status of Mormons who were in the Majors last year
- Darwin Barney — Chicago Cubs, starting at 2nd base (same as last year)
- John Buck — Seattle Mariners, backup catcher (was with the Mets and Pirates last year)
- Jacoby Ellsbury — New York Yankees, centerfield (was with the Red Sox)
- Kyle Farnsworth — New York Mets minor league affiliate, relief pitcher (was with Tampa Bay and Pittsburg)
- Doug Fister — Washington Nationals, starting pitcher (was with the Tigers)
- Jeremy Guthrie — Kansas City Royals, starting pitcher (same as last year)
- Roy Halladay — retired (was with Phillies)
- Bryce Harper — Washington Nationals, starting centerfield (same as last year)
- Elliot Johnson — Cleveland Indians minor league affiliate, infielder (was with the Royals and the Braves)
- Josh Johnson — San Diego Padres, starting pitcher (was with the Blue Jays)
- Matt Lindstrom — Chicago White Sox, reliever and maybe closer (same as last year)
- Brandon Lyon — Los Angeles Angels minor league affiliate, relief pitcher (was with the Mets)
- Clayton Mortensen — Kansas City Royals minor league affiliate, relief pitcher (was with the Red Sox)
- Shane Peterson — Oakland As minor league affiliate, infield (same as last year)
- Adam Rosales — Texas Rangers, backup infielder (was with Oakland As and Rangers last year)
- Eric Sogard — Oakland As, backup short stop (same as last year)
I think that covers everyone. As always, if you know of another Mormon currently in professional baseball, I’d love to know about him. Please consult our page Suggest a Mormon in Baseball to submit a name.