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Latin America's Golden Age Of Baseball Is Here



Welcome to Latin America's golden age.

To get a better sense for which players will star in Latin America’s golden age, we highlighted the best 25-and-under talents from each country.

Why 25U? Because even international free agents who signed 10 signing classes ago, such as Nomar Mazara, German Marquez or Adalberto Mondesi, are still just 25 years old.

The number 25 is also symbolic of the fact that Latin American players crossed the 25-percent threshold of all major league plate appearances and innings in 2015 and have built on that share in the years since.

Some Latin American countries—Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua—saw their highest-ever number of major leaguers in 2019. Others such as Venezuela, Cuba and Curacao are just a tick below historical high-water marks.

The table below from TheBaseballGauge.com lists the number of major league players born in each country, their total plate appearances or innings in 2019 and estimated wins above replacement from Baseball-Reference.com.

Rk Country Players PA IP WAR
1 USA 1,016 119,447 32,981 691.6
2 Dominican Republic 152 23,156 3,903 111.3
3 Venezuela 100 20,320 2,345 76.5
4 Cuba 29 6,951 333 28.9
5 Puerto Rico 28 5,348 524 25.9
6 Mexico 15 277 637 7.2
7 Canada 13 2,023 575 12.2
8 Colombia 9 1,887 397 8.4
9 Japan 7 555 729 9.3
  Panama 7 294 287 -1.3
11 Curacao 5 2,105 63 9.5
  South Korea 5 1,399 201 7.6
  Taiwan 5 111 105 -0.9
14 Nicaragua 4 330 42 -0.6
15 Germany 3 665 68 0.6
16 Australia 2 111 3.2
  Brazil 2 358 7 1.1
18 Aruba 1 698 5.2
  Netherlands 1 344 0.6
  Peru 1 12 0.5
  Honduras 1 111 0.4
  China 1 44 0.4
  Lithuania 1 9 -0.4
  Saudi Arabia 1 11 -0.6
  South Africa 1 16 -0.8

 

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