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Little League® Graduates Shine in MLB Postseason Awards

Little League® Graduates Shine in MLB Postseason Awards

Little League superstars Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger sweep 2017 Rookie of the Year honors.

With the memorable 2017 Major League Baseball (MLB) season officially over, here’s how some notable graduates of Little League® did this past season. Below are the 16 confirmed Little League graduates who took home the 2017 MLB Awards.

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 media@LittleLeague.org.

Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies – Lake Forest (Calif.) Little League

  • National League Gold Glove (Third Base)
  • National League Platinum Glove
  • National League Silver Slugger (Third Base)
  • Defensive Player of the Year (Third Base)
  • Always Game Award

Cody Bellinger – Los Angeles Dodgers – Chandler (Ariz.) Little League

  • National League Rookie of the Year
  • National League Outstanding Rookie

Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants – Pleasanton (Calif.) National Little League

  • National League Gold Glove (Shortstop)

Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – Conway Little League (Orlando, Fla.)

  • National League Gold Glove (Pitcher)

Kenley Jansen – Los Angeles Dodgers – Pabao Little League (Willemstad, Curaçao)

  • National League Reliever of the Year

Aaron Judge – New York Yankees – Linden (Calif.) Little League

  • American League Rookie of the Year
  • American League Silver Slugger (Outfielder)
  • American League Outstanding Rookie

DJ LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies – East Madison (Wisc.) Little League

  • National League Gold Glove (Second Base)
  • Defensive Player of the Year (Second Base)

Torey Lovullo – Arizona Diamondbacks – Encino (Calif.) Little League

  • National League Manager of the Year

Martin Maldonado – Los Angeles Angels – Naguabo, Puerto Rico

  • American League Gold Glove (Catcher)
  • Defensive Player of the Year (Catcher)

Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals – Northridge (Calif.) Little League

  • American League Comeback Player

Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs – Parkland (Fla.) Little League

  • Roberto Clemente Award
  • Marvin Miller Man of the Year

Andrelton Simmons – Los Angeles Angels – Mundo-Nuvo, Curaçao

  • American League Gold Glove (Shortstop)
  • Defensive Player of the Year (Shortstop)

George Springer – Houston Astros – Walicki Little League (New Britain, Conn.)

  • American League Silver Slugger (Outfield)
  • World Series MVP

Giancarlo Stanton – Miami Marlins – Tujunga (Calif.) Little League

  • National League MVP
  • National League Silver Slugger (Outfielder)
  • National League Hank Aaron Award
  • National League Outstanding Player

Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – Tuckahoe (Va.) Little League

  • American League Championship Series MVP

Ryan Zimmerman – Washington Nationals – Virginia Beach (Va.) Little League

  • National League Comeback Player

Along with these award winners, a number of Little League graduates combined for an impressive 2017 MLB season. Here are some fun facts about former Little Leaguers® this past year in MLB:

  • 13 Little League alumni had more than 30 home runs.
  • Little League alumni combined for more than 800 home runs.
  • 36 Little League alumni combined for 5,937 innings pitched. Equivalent to approximately 660 games.
  • Cody Bellinger became the first Dodger’s rookie to hit for the cycle in team history (July 16 vs. Miami).
  • Bellinger set a National League record with 39 homeruns in his first year.
  • Aaron Judge and Bellinger combined for the most home runs of any two rookies in one season, 91.
  • Judge’s 114 RBI led all rookies.
  • Bellinger and Judge became the fourth set of unanimous Rookie of the Year players and first since 1997.
  • Dovydas Neverauskas became the first ever Lithuanian-born MLB pitcher. He pitched in the SLBWS.
  • Carlos Beltran retired after becoming the fourth all-time in switch hitting home runs.
  • Giancarlo Stanton set a record high for slugging percentage by any Marlins player (.631).
  • Stanton turned in the ninth best all-time MLB season for home runs with 59.
  • Stanton was the first player since 2001 to score 59 or more home runs in a single season.
  • Didi Gregorious set a Yankees record with 25 home runs by a shortstop.
  • Torey Lovullo became the fourth-straight rookie skipper to win Manager of the year.

2017 MLB World Series Fun Facts:

  • Little League alums had 30 RBI, 13 Home runs, 43 Hits, 12 DP, and 65 assists.
  • Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa were co-leaders of double plays in the World Series.
  • George Springer tied the all-time record for home runs in a single series with 5 in the World Series.
  • Springer was the first player to homer in four-straight World Series games.
  • Springer also set an all-time record with eight extra-base hits in the World Series.
  • Carlos Correa became the second straight Little League Magazine cover athlete to win the World Series.
  • Cody Bellinger became the 14th player to play in both the Little League and Major League World Series.