NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball started the season with its most players from Puerto Rico since 2011.
Nineteen players on Opening Day rosters were born on the island, an increase of three from last year, the commissioner's office said Friday.
The overall percentage of players born outside the 50 states was 29 percent, down from last year's record 29.8 percent. This year's percentage tied 2007 for third, behind last year and 2005 (29.2 percent).
The Dominican Republic led with 84, down from 93 last year. Venezuela was next with 74, followed by Puerto Rico.
Figures include 750 active players on Opening Day rosters, 118 on disabled lists, eight on the restricted list and one on the paternity list.