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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2013 > January-April > Little League® International Congratulates Little League World Series Alums Lance Lynn and Xander Bogaerts for Reaching the MLB World Series

Little League® International Congratulates Little League World Series Alums Lance Lynn and Xander Bogaerts for Reaching the MLB World Series

Little League® International Congratulates Little League World Series Alums Lance Lynn and Xander Bogaerts for Reaching the MLB World Series

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The 109th Major League Baseball World Series between the American League Champion Boston Red Sox and the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals features several Little League graduates and two with Little League® World Series ties.

The Little League World Series alums are Cardinals' pitcher Lance Lynn and Xander Bogaerts, a third baseman and shortstop for the Red Sox.

Two seasons ago, Mr. Lynn, who played in the 1999 Little League Baseball World Series for Brownsburg (Ind.) Little League, was a rookie middle reliever and a key contributor as St. Louis won its 11th World Series Championship.

This season, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound right-hander posted a 15-10 record as a starter, with 198 strikeouts. St. Louis has reached the postseason in all three of Mr. Lynn’s Major League seasons. During that time, he has pitched in 19 playoff games; starting four. In 33.2 postseason innings, Mr. Lynn has amassed a 5-3 record with 32 strikeouts. He is likely to work out of the bullpen against the Red Sox.

More than a decade earlier, Mr. Lynn, then 5-foot-9 and 169 pounds, helped the Brownsburg Little League win the Central Region Championship and that earned the team a trip to South Williamsport. Mr. Lynn threw eight innings from the mound at Howard J. Lamade Stadium, posting a record of 0-1 with an ERA of 4.09. He also saw time at first base.

In seven World Series at-bats, Mr. Lynn collected three hits and scored a run for a .429 batting average. Brownsburg finished the World Series tournament 0-3. Here is a link to the Brownsburg Little League’s 1999 Little League Baseball World Series page: http://www.littleleague.org/series/history/rosters/1999teams/uscentral/index.htm.

Mr. Bogaerts celebrated his 21st birthday on Oct. 1, and later in the month started Games 5 and 6 of the American League Championship Series to become the youngest Red Sox player to start a postseason game. Just four years ago, he played for Aruba South Little League in the 2009 Senior League Baseball World Series in Bangor, Maine.

Opening this season with Double-A Portland, Mr. Bogaerts was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket on June 15. Two months later (Aug. 19), he received the call-up to Boston and became the youngest position player to see the field for the Red Sox since Dwight Evans in 1972. For Boston, Mr. Bogaerts was 11 for 44 in 18 regular-season games, with a .250 batting average. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder hit one home run. Through two playoff rounds, the Red Sox’s rookie third baseman is hitting .500 with a slugging percentage of 1.000 on the strength of three doubles in six official at-bats. He also has walked five times and scored seven runs against just one strikeout in six postseason games.

Mr. Bogaerts, and his twin brother Jair, were members of the Latin America Region championship team which finished 3-2 in the 2009 Senior League Baseball World Series. Jair Bogaerts also spent time in professional baseball, most recently with the Chicago Cubs organization.

Other Little Leaguers® playing in the World Series include Boston’s Shane Victorino and Dustin Pedroia. The Cardinals’ Jake Westbrook, Allen Craig and Kolten Wong are also Little League graduates. Mr. Westbrook is not on the active roster and Mr. Craig was activated for the World Series. If you know of any former Little Leaguers that played in the Major Leagues during the 2013 season, please e-mail Chris Downs (cdowns@LittleLeague.org); or Brian McClintock (bmclintock@LittleLeague.org) with their name, current Major League team and the name of the city or town where they played.

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