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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2006 > New York Mets Call Up Former Little League World Series Player Lastings Milledge

New York Mets Call Up Former Little League World Series Player Lastings Milledge

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 6, 2006) – Lastings Milledge, who played for Manatee G.T. Bray East Little League from Bradenton, Fla., in the 1997 Little League Baseball World Series, recently made his Major League Baseball debut with the New York Mets.

In 1997, the Mets top prospect was the starting pitcher in his team’s first Little League World Series game. Taking the mound loss against eventual World Series runner-up South Mission Viejo (Calif.,) Little League, Mr. Milledge allowed eight runs on six hits, struck out four and walked six in defeat. He played third base for the remainder of the tournament, batting .273 (3-for-11, all singles), with a three runs batted in, and two runs scored.

Manatee G.T. Bray East Little League finished the World Series tournament with a 2-2 record. The South Region champions posted wins of, 5-0, and, 8-2, respectively over Railway Park Little League (Pottsville, Pa.) and Dyer (Ind.) Little League. Both of the team’s losses were to the South Mission Viejo Little League by the scores of 10-6 and 12-1.

Prior to joining the Mets outfield rotation, Mr. Milledge, 21, was batting .291 for the Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) Tides, with 32 runs scored, 16 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 19 runs batted in, along with 32 walks and eight stolen bases.

Mr. Milledge, a native of Palmetto, Fla., was selected 12th overall by the New York Mets in the 2003 Major League Baseball amateur draft out of Bradenton’s Lakewood Ranch High School.
 

Lastings Milledge of the South Region champion Manatee G.T. Bray East Little League from Bradenton, Fla., slides toward home plate during the 1997 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Mr. Milledge recently made his Major League debut with the New York Mets.