2023 MLB Draft Showcases Talent That Started in Little League®

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Hundreds of the top prospects in baseball saw their dreams come to fruition as part of the 2023 MLB Draft, including many of those who got their start on the Little League® field. 

Below are all the names of the former Little Leaguers® who were selected among the first 75 picks of the 2023 MLB Draft, including a number of graduates who played in the Little League World Series as noted.  

Pick  MLB Team  Player  Little League 
1  Pittsburgh Pirates  Paul Skenes  Lake Forest (Calif.) LL 
2  Washington Nationals  Dylan Crews  Lake Mary (Fla.) LL 
3  Detroit Tigers  Max Clark  Franklin (IN.) LL 
11  Los Angeles Angels  Nolan Schanuel  West Boynton Beach LL (Lake Worth, FL.) 
13  Chicago Cubs  Matt Shaw  Quaboag Valley LL (Holland, MA.) 
16  San Francisco  Bryce Eldridge  Vienna (VA.) National LL 
30  Seattle Mariners  Tai Peete  Peachtree City (Ga.) American LL – 2018 LLBWS 
33  Milwaukee Brewers  Josh Knoth  North Patchogue Medford (N.Y.) AM LL   
37  Detroit Tigers  Kevin McGonigle  Drexel Hill (Pa.) LL 
38  Cincinnati Reds  Ty Floyd  Rockmart (Ga.) LL 
40  Washington Nationals  Yohandy Morales  Kendall LL (Miami, Fla.) 
41  Oakland Athletics  Ryan Lasko  Jackson Township (N.J.) LL 
42  Pittsburgh Pirates  Mitch Jebb  Swan Valley LL (Saginaw, Mich.) 
43  Cincinnati Reds  Sammy Stafura  Cortlandt (N.Y.) American LL 
46  Colorado Rockies  Sean Sullivan  Andover (Mass.) National LL 
49  Minnesota Twins  Luke Keaschall  Pajaro Valley LL (Watsonville, Calif.) 
58  Cleveland Guardians  Alex Clemmey  Middletown (R.I.) LL 
60  Los Angeles Dodgers  Jake Gelof  Rehobeth Beach (Del.) LL 
61  Houston Astros  Alonzo Tredwell  Trabuco Canyon (Calif.) LL 
62  Cleveland Guardians  Andrew Walters  Palm Bay (Fla.) East LL 
64  Arizona Diamondbacks  Caden Grice  Northwood LL (Taylors, S.C.) 
65  Colorado Rockies  Cole Carrigg  Turlock (Calif.) National LL 
66  Kansas City Royals  Carson Roccaforte  Port Neches (Texas) LL 
70  Atlanta Braves  Cade Kuehler  Weddington (N.C.) LL 
75 Kansas City Royals Hiro Wyatt Westport (Conn.) LL

In addition to those noted above from the Top 75 selected, below are a number of other notable Little League World Series alumni who were selected in this year’s draft: 

  • Scott Bandura – San Francisco Giants (Round 7, Pick 210 Overall) – Taney LL (Philadelphia, Pa.) – 2014 LLBWS 
  • John Lopez – Pittsburgh Pirates (Round 15, Pick 437 Overall) – Radames Lopez LL (Guayama, P.R.) – 2018 LLBWS 
  • Blake Money – Baltimore Orioles (Round 12, Pick 361 Overall) – South Nashville (Tenn.) LL – 2013, ‘14 LLBWS 
  • Nate Nankil – Oakland Athletics (Round 7, Pick 196 Overall) – Sweetwater Valley LL (Bonita, Calif.) – 2015 LLBWS 
  • Carson Rucker – Detroit Tigers (Round 4, Pick 107 Overall) – Goodlettsville (Tenn.) Baseball LL – 2016 LLBWS 
  • Jared Wegner – New York Yankees (Round 9, Pick 282 Overall) – Kearney (Neb.) LL – 2012 LLBWS 

Along with the LLBWS grads, the second ever French baseball player to be drafted, Mathias Lacombe, also got his start playing for Nouvelle-Aquitaine Little League.

To learn more about other former Little Leaguers who went on to play in the MLB, including a list of active alumni, visit LittleLeague.org/Alumni.  

NOTE: If you know of a Little League graduate that would fit into any of these categories and is not listed, please complete the Little League Alumni Submission form.