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2018 Year in Review


The 2018 Major League Baseball Postseason is once again shaping up to be an exciting time for baseball fans all over the world, and among this year's top teams are more than 70 Little League alumni ready to try and lead their team to the Commissioner's Trophy.

From Hall of Famers to Home Run Derby champions, hundreds of Little League grads have had great success in the Major Leagues and more than 50 of them even had the chance to play in the Little League Baseball World Series growing up.

With the MLB Postseason now upon us, it's time to take a look at the confirmed Little League graduates who will be taking the field in the playoffs this October.

NOTE: If you know of a player that we have missed, please e-mail the information, including name, current Major League team and the name of the city or town where they played Little League, to

Atlanta Braves

  • Ozzie Albies (Pariba LL - Willemstad, Curacao)
  • Kolby Allard (San Clemente (Calif.) LL)
  • Brad Brach (Freehold Twp. (N.J.) LL)
  • Ryan Flaherty (Portland (Maine) North LL)
  • Freddie Freeman (Fountain Valley (Calif.) LL)
  • Max Fried (Encino (Calif.) LL)
  • Sean Newcomb (Middleboro (Mass.) LL)
  • Chad Sobotka (Sarasota (Fla.) American LL)
  • Julio Teheran (Comfenalco LL - Cartagena, Colombia)
  • Touki Toussaint (Coral Springs (Fla.) American LL)

Chicago Cubs

  • Manager Joe Maddon (Hazleton (Pa.) LL)
  • Kris Bryant (Peccole LL - Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Jaime Garcia (Guadalupe Trevino Kelly LL - Reynosa, Mexico)
  • Jose Quintana (Arjona, Colombia)
  • Anthony Rizzo (Parkland (Fla.) LL)

Colorado Rockies

  • Manager Bud Black (Western Longview (Wash.) LL)
  • Tyler Anderson (Red Rock LL - Las Vegas, Nev.)
  • Nolan Arenado (Lake Forest (Calif.) LL)
  • Carlos Gonzalez (Maracaibo (Venezuela) LL)
  • Garrett Hampson (Reno (Nev.) National LL)
  • D.J. LeMahieu (East Madison LL - Visalia, Calif.)
  • Bryan Shaw (Livermore (Calif.) National LL)
  • Tony Wolters (Rancho Buena Vista (Calif.) LL)

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Austin Barnes (Magnolia LL - Riverside, Calif.)
  • Cody Bellinger (Chandler (Ariz.) National LL - 2007 LLBWS)
  • Walker Buehler (Lexington (Ky.) Eastern LL)
  • Josh Fields (Madison County (Ga.) LL)
  • Rich Hill (Milton (Mass.) American LL)
  • Kenley Jansen (Pabao LL - Willemstad, Curacao - 2003 SLBWS)
  • Joc Pederson (Palo Alto (Calif.) LL)
  • Julio Urias (Culiacan, Mexico)
  • Chase Utley (Pasadena, Calif.)

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Curtis Granderson (Lynwood (Ill.) LL)
  • Mike Moustakas (Northridge City (Calif.) LL)
  • Domingo Santana (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • Jonathan Schoop (Pabao LL - Willemstad, Curacao - 2003, 04 LLBWS; 2008 SLBWS)
  • Travis Shaw (Conejo Valley (Calif.) LL)
  • Christian Yelich (Thousand Oaks (Calif.) LL)

Boston Red Sox

  • Xander Bogaerts (Aruba South LL - 2009 SLBWS)
  • Ian Kinsler (Canyon Del Oro LL - Tucson, Ariz.)
  • Sandy Leon (El Mojan LL - Maracaibo, Venezuela)
  • Ryan Oduber (Oranjestad, Aruba)
  • Dustin Pedroia (Woodland (Calif.) LL)
  • Tyler Thornburg (Sandy Springs (Ga.) LL - 2001 LLBWS SE Regional)

Cleveland Indians

  • Shane Bieber (Laguna Hills LL - Orange, Calif.)
  • Rajai Davis (Willimantic LL - Norwich, Conn.)
  • Edwin Encarnacion (La Romana, Dominican Republic)
  • Brandon Guyer (Reston (Va.) Herndon LL)

Houston Astros

  • President of Business Operations Reid Ryan (Alvin (Texas) American LL)
  • Alex Bregman (Eastdale LL - Albuquerque, N.M.)
  • Gerrit Cole (Tustin Western LL - Newport Beach, Calif.)
  • Carlos Correa (Villa Blanca LL - Santa Isabel, P.R.)
  • Brian McCann (League Six LL - Huntingdon, W.V.)
  • Lance McCullers Jr. (Citrus Park (Fla.) LL)
  • Charlie Morton (Trumbull (Conn.) LL)
  • George Springer (Walicki LL - New Britain, Conn.)
  • Justin Verlander (Tuckahoe (Va.) LL)

New York Yankees

  • Dellin Betances (Felix Millan (N.Y.) LL/OLS (N.Y.) LL)
  • Didi Gregorious (Curacao)
  • J.A. Happ (Peru (Ill.) LL)
  • Kyle Higashioka (Seaview LL/Walnut Creek LL - Huntingdon Beach, Calif.)
  • Aaron Judge (Linden (Calif.) LL)
  • Lance Lynn (Brownsburg (Ind.) LL - 1999 LLBWS)
  • CC Sabathia (North Vallejo (Calif.) LL)
  • Giancarlo Stanton (Tujunga (Calif.) LL)
  • Stephen Tarpley (Gilbert (Ariz.) American LL)

Oakland Athletics

  • Aaron Brooks (Newmark (Calif.) LL)
  • Ryan Buchter (Blackwood (N.J.) Kiwanis LL)
  • Matt Chapman (Lake Forest (Calif.) LL)
  • Matt Joyce (North Brandon (Fla.) LL)
  • Daniel Mengden (Memorial-Ashford (Texas) LL)
  • Yusmeiro Petit (Coquivacoa LL - Maracaibo, Venezuela - 1994 LLBWS)
  • Chad Pinder (Poquoson (Va.) LL)
  • Stephen Piscotty (Pleasanton (Calif.) American LL)
  • Lou Trivino (Pennridge (Pa.) LL)

Highlights from the 2018 MLB Little League Classic

Highlights from the 2017 MLB Little League Classic

Coming August 18, 2019

Cubs vs Pirates

MLB Little League Classic

2019 MLB Little League Classic Announced

Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and Little League® International jointly announced that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs will play in the third "MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO" in Williamsport, Pa., during the 2019 MLB Championship Season. The special Regular Season contest, as well as ancillary activities by each club, will take place on Sunday, August 18th, with the game airing nationally that evening on ESPN's "Sunday Night Baseball" and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. (ET).

MLB and the MLBPA will host the next iteration of the MLB Little League Classic presented by GEICO at the renovated Historic Bowman Field, the home of the Class-A Williamsport Crosscutters of the NY-Penn League. Once again, the participating players, coaches and families of the 2019 Little League Baseball World Series, as well as local Williamsport youth baseball & softball organizations, will fill a significant portion of the capacity at Bowman Field. Read More...