Former Little League® Stars on to the Next Stage at 2021 MLB Draft

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Each year, hundreds of the world’s top baseball players earn the call to the big leagues as part of the MLB Draft, and in 2021, nearly 30 of the Top 75 selections got their start on the Little League® field.

Below are the 29 former Little Leaguers® who were selected among the first 75 picks in the 2021 MLB Draft:

Pick MLB Club Player Name Little League
2 Texas Rangers Jack Leiter Weston Area (Fla.) LL
7 Kansas City Royals Frank Mozzicato Ellington (Conn.) LL
8 Colorado Rockies Benny Montgomery Central Columbia LL (Bloomsburg, Pa.)
17 Cincinnati Reds Matt McClain Tustin (Calif.) Eastern LL
18 St. Louis Cardinals Michael McGreevy San Clemente (Calif.) LL
19 Toronto Blue Jays Gunnar Hoglund Greater Hudson (Fla.) LL
22 Chicago White Sox Colson Montgomery Huntingburg (Ind.) LL
23 Cleveland Indians Gavin Williams FCPR Zone 2 LL (Fayetteville, N.C.)
24 Atlanta Braves Ryan Cusick LS Youth Baseball LL (Sudbury, Mass.)
26 Minnesota Twins Chase Petty Millville (N.J.) American LL
28 Tampa Bay Rays Carson Williams Del Mar LL (San Diego, Calif.)
30 Cincinnati Reds Jay Allen II Fort Pierce (Fla.) LL
37 Pittsburgh Pirates Anthony Solometo Erial (N.J.) LL
38 Texas Rangers Aaron Zavala Keizer (Ore.) LL
39 Detroit Tigers Izaac Pacheco Friendswood (Texas) LL
41 Baltimore Orioles Connor Norby Brooklyn Center (Minn.) LL
45 Los Angeles Angels Ky Bush Dixie LL (St. George, Utah)
56 Chicago Cubs James Triantos McClean (Va.) National LL
57 Chicago White Sox Wes Kath McDowell Mountain LL (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
58 Cleveland Indians Doug Nikhazy Windermere (Fla.) National LL
59 Atlanta Braves Spencer Schwellenbach North Saginaw Township (Mich.) LL
60 Oakland Athletics Zach Gelof Rehoboth Beach (Del.) LL
61 Minnesota Twins Steven Hajjar North Andover (Mass.) LL
63 Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Manzardo Coeur D’Alene (Idaho) LL
64 Pittsburgh Pirates Lonnie White Jr. Caln Township (Pa.) LL
69 Cleveland Indians Tommy Mace Citrus Park (Fla.) LL
70 St. Louis Cardinals Ryan Holgate Davis (Calif.) American LL
71 San Diego Padres Robert Gasser El Dorado Hills (Calif.) LL
74 Detroit Tigers Dylan Smith Missouri City (Texas) LL

In addition to the nearly 30 Little League alumni who were picked among the Top 75, a former Little League Baseball® World Series participant also earned the call in this year’s event. Alex Garbrick, a member of Keystone Little League’s memorable World Series run in 2011, was drafted in the 17th round (505 overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alex Garbrick photos

To learn more about former Little Leaguers who have gone on to major league careers, including a list of active MLB alumni, visit

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.