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They say Little League is just for fun. They say you can’t determine who will make it in the big leagues by looking at prospects when they are barely able to hold a bat properly. That’s true in a lot of cases. But sometimes the writing is on the wall. Here are three major league baseball players who played in the Little League World Series:
Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus is not new to big game pressure. In 1999, he and his Phenix City, AL little league team played in the Little League World Series. They beat Toms River, NJ East American Little League to win the United States Championship. They ended up losing the championship game to Hirakata Little League from Osaka, Japan. Rasmus went 5-for-10 with a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar helped the Pabao Little League to win their first championship for the island of Curacao. Profar pitched to a 2-0 record with one save in 12.1 innings, striking out 19 batters. He didn’t stop being dynamic when he made it to the major leagues. He hit a homer his first time at bat.
Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn played in the Little League World Series with his Brownsburg, IN team in 1999. He pitched for eight innings and had 7 at bats. The experience taught him well. Lynn went on to win the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Maybe you can tell who will take off in the world of baseball as early as little league, maybe you can’t. But one thing’s for sure, playing hard and practicing helps you reach your goals.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|