First Names by Debut Year

Given the ever-expanding world upon which Major League Baseball casts its scouting net, it shouldn’t be a surprise to note the growing uniqueness of player names. Just this season, we had big league debuts from players born in Taiwan, Cuba, Venezuela and Germany, to name a few “home fields”.

Here is the complete list of unique first names that debuted in 2014:

Arismendy Alcantara
Bradin Hagens
Chasen Shreve
Ender Inciarte
Erisbel Arruebarrena
Garin Cecchini
Guilder Rodriguez
Jace Peterson
Joc Pederson
Kendall Graveman
Kennys Vargas
Lane Adams
Leonel Campos
Lisalverto Bonilla
Masahiro Tanaka
Odrisamer Despaigne
Randal Grichuk
Roenis Elias
Rougned Odor
Rusney Castillo
Rymer Liriano
Shae Simmons
Stefen Romero
Terrance Gore
Wei-Chung Wang
Wilking Rodriguez
Yangervis Solarte
Yimi Garcia
Yohan Flande
Zelous Wheeler

These 30 names brings to roughly 2,237 the “one and only” unique first names in MLB history.  I’m not going to list them all here, but I will link to a Google Drive spreadsheet that has the debut year and first name (along with alphabetical last name in case of more than one in same debut season).  Note that for this exercise, variations on a given name are considered unique … i.e.  “Steven” is different from “Stephen”.

(Hat tip to the Lahman Baseball Database for the majority of information on names herein.)

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