Six former Longhorns are on Major League Baseball opening day rosters.
San Francisco first-baseman Brandon Belt (2008-09) is starting his seventh season with the Giants. He has a career .272 batting average and 80 career home runs. Last year, he led the Giants with 17 home runs and was second with 82 RBI.
J.P. Howell (2003-04) is starting his first season with the Toronto Blue Jays. He has played for the Royals, Rays and Dodgers over the last 11 years with a 3.94 ERA.
Cameron Rupp (2008-2010) is entering his fifth season with the Philadelphia Phillies and was their starting catcher on opening day. Rupp hit .252 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI in 2016.
Huston Street (2002-04) is in his fourth season with the Los Angeles Angels. He has recorded 324 saves in his 13 year major league career. He started the season on the 10-day disabled list.
Corey Knebel (2011-13) and Taylor Jungman (2009-11) opened the season in the Milwaukee Brewers bullpen. Knebel has a 3.64 ERA over the last 3 years. Jungman has pitched 146 innings over the last 2 years with the Brewers with a 9-13 record.
Drew Stubbs was in camp with the Minnesota Twins but opted out of his minor league deal before the season began.
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