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MLB Players Who Dominated at Little League World Series

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 06:  Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets hits a RBI double to left field in the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on August 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Miami Marlins v New York Mets | Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The 2019 Little League World Series is in full swing, as the best future baseball stars in the world descend on Williamsport, Penn. for their shot at championship glory. The series has generally proven to be "the breeding ground" for future MLB talent, as evidenced by these seven players currently tearing it up in the majors.

7. Randal Grichuk

TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 13:  Randal Grichuk #15 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a solo home run in the second inning during a MLB game against the Texas Rangers at Rogers Centre on August 13, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Grichuk put on a clinic in the 2004 LLWS as a part of the Lamar, Texas team. He lead the entire tournament in hits, home runs, and RBI, while also doing some damage as a pitcher on the mound. He's continued to mash with the Toronto Blue Jays this season, as he has provided 22 home runs and a veteran presence to a roster full of young talent.

6. Scott Kingery

Kingery, who was managed by his father Tom on the Ahwaukee, Arizona team in 2006, played alongside his twin brother Sam. His team went 2-1 in Williamsport, but didn't advance by virtue of a tiebreaker. Kingery is in the middle of a breakout season for the Philadelphia Phillies, hitting .275 with 14 home runs while manning just about every position on the field.

5. Lance Lynn

CLEVELAND, OHIO - AUGUST 07: Starting pitcher Lance Lynn #35 of the Texas Rangers reacts as he walks off the field after the third inning of game two of a double header against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 07, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Texas Rangers v Cleveland Indians - Game Two | Jason Miller/Getty Images

Oddly enough, the Texas Rangers starter that is currently leading the league in wins struggled in Williamsport in 1999, as he gave up a grand slam. Luckily for Lynn, one bad pitch when you're 12 is not a death sentence for a pro career, as he has made several World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals before his career-year as a Ranger.

4. Jonathan Schoop

The former Baltimore Orioles infielder and current Minnesota Twin was once the star player on a Curacao team that made waves in the 2004 tournament. Even back then, Schoop's power, bat control, and glove were on display, and all of those have served him well over his seven-year MLB career.

3. Todd Frazier

Fun Fact: Todd Frazier is from Toms River, N.J. and was once photographed next to Derek Jeter. Bet you didn't know that! Frazier's Little League exploits are as well-known as the countless long home runs he's crushed for the Reds, White Sox, Yankees, and Mets. That Toms River team took home the title in 1998 was the first American team since 1993 to win the Little League World Series.

2. Michael Conforto

Conforto may have only played in three games before his team was eliminated, but he's on this list due to one impressive fact that speaks to how much of a winner Conforto has been in his career. The New York Mets outfielder is one of only three players in the history of baseball to play in the Little League World Series, College World Series, and MLB World Series.

1. Cody Bellinger

Even at the age of 12, Bellinger had no problem demolishing baseballs with his trademark tomahawk swing. He helped guide Chandler, Arizona's team to the US Semifinals, which included a 3-for-3 game with a home run. In other words, not much has changed since Bellinger became a starter for the Dodgers.