MLB Opening Day Rosters Feature 38 Alumni

This year, 38 players with West Coast League experience have earned spots on Major League Baseball Opening Day rosters.

Former WCL players starting the season in the big leagues include 2023 Silver Slugger Award winner and American League All-Star Adley Rutschman, 2020 American League Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber, and two-time American League Gold Glove Award winner Steven Kwan.

Rising young standouts like Andrew Vaughn (Chicago White Sox) and Jarren Duran (Boston Red Sox), along with pitchers Nick Pivetta (Boston Red Sox) and Tarik Skubal (Detroit Tigers) are also set to begin the 2024 campaign in the major leagues, with Skubal named Detroit’s Opening Day starter.

Here is the list of West Coast League alumni on MLB Opening Day rosters in 2024:

Tyler Anderson (Corvallis), Los Angeles Angels
Shane Bieber (Cowlitz), Cleveland Guardians
Seth Brown (Bend), Oakland A’s
Griffin Canning (Wenatchee), Los Angeles Angels
Adam Cimber (Kitsap), Los Angeles Angels
Jonny DeLuca (Yakima Valley), Tampa Bay Rays
Jarren Duran (Walla Walla), Boston Red Sox
Mitch Haniger (Corvallis), Seattle Mariners
Cole Irvin (Cowlitz), Baltimore Orioles
Steven Kwan (Corvallis), Cleveland Guardians
Ramon Laureano (Medford), Cleveland Guardians
Nicky Lopez (Bend), Chicago White Sox
Seth Martinez (Bellingham), Houston Astros
Phil Maton (Kelowna), Tampa Bay Rays
Eli Morgan (Yakima Valley), Cleveland Guardians
*Chris Murphy (Walla Walla), Boston Red Sox
Nick Pivetta (Victoria), Boston Red Sox
*Drew Rasmussen (Wenatchee), Tampa Bay Rays
Adley Rutschman (Corvallis), Baltimore Orioles
Austin Shenton (Bellingham), Tampa Bay Rays
Tarik Skubal (Kitsap), Detroit Tigers
Cade Smith (Victoria), Cleveland Guardians
Andrew Vaughn (Victoria), Chicago White Sox

Jake Bird (Yakima Valley), Colorado Rockies
*TJ Friedl (Kitsap), Cincinnati Reds
Marco Gonzales (Wenatchee), Pittsburgh Pirates
Rhys Hoskins (Kitsap), Milwaukee Brewers
Connor Joe (Kelowna), Pittsburgh Pirates
Nick Madrigal (Corvallis), Chicago Cubs
*Matt McLain (Bellingham), Cincinnati Reds
*Garrett Mitchell (Walla Walla), Milwaukee Brewers
Riley O’Brien (Kelowna), St. Louis Cardinals
James Paxton (Kelowna), Los Angeles Dodgers
*David Peterson (Medford), New York Mets
*Michael Rucker (Bellingham), Philadelphia Phillies
*Paul Sewald (Spokane), Arizona Diamondbacks
Michael Toglia (Wenatchee), Colorado Rockies
Ryan Walker (Corvallis), San Francisco Giants

* Opening season on injured list.

That list of WCL/MLB players this year is sure to grow. In 2023, a record-tying 62 alumni of West Coast League teams played in the majors for some or all of the season.

About the West Coast League: The West Coast League is the West’s premier summer collegiate baseball league. Encompassing Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and now Alberta, the WCL showcases pro prospects from major collegiate conferences around the nation. Every summer, the League features unparalleled fan and player experiences, with North America’s best baseball weather and a mix of classic and modern ballparks, all backdropped by the sport’s most stunning scenery. The 2019 MLB amateur draft began with former Corvallis Knight Adley Rutschman selected with the overall No. 1 pick by the Baltimore Orioles, and the 2022 draft featured two West Coast League alumni, Brooks Lee and Gabriel Hughes, among the first 10 picks.