Some recent graduates of Little League Baseball® World Series has officially signed their contracts to play with major league organizations during the start of the 2021-22 MLB International Signing Period.
Now that the signing period officially begins on January 15, and is available to international players born between September 1, 2004 and August 31, 2005, the following Little Leaguers are® have earned their place in the major leagues.
Clayton Campbell – Hills LL (Australia NSW) (2016 LLBWS) – Detroit Tigers
Aiming to become the first New Zealand-born player in Major League Baseball, Clayton Campbell showed his skills at an early age in the 2016 LLBWS. On the mound in the tournament, Clayton racked up a pair of wins with a seven strikeout, no- hit performance over Europe and Africa in his team’s opening round and an impressive 14-strikeout complete match performance over the Caribbean in an elimination game. At the plate, Clayton was 4-for-10 (.500) in four games, including a 2-for-3 appearance with a walk against the champions of the Latin American region.
There aren’t many New Zealand-born players in the professional baseball ranks, but the Tigers signed one: 18-year-old Clayton Campbell Jr. https://t.co/SjViQ7gcCv
— Evan Woodbery (@evanwoodbery) December 17, 2021
Victor Juarez – San Nicolas (Mexico) LL (2016 LLBWS) – Colorado Rockies
Victor Juarez, perhaps most famous for shattering an ESPN camera during the 2016 LLBWS, was an all-around impressive performer for the Mexico Region champions that year. At the plate, Victor was 9-for-14 (.643) in five games throughout the tournament, including dropping just one home run shy of the cycle against Europe and Africa, then later picked up that home run with a two-run shot to Australia two games later. On the mound, Victor made three starts during the tournament and took the win over Canada after throwing three innings with a shutout ball and striking out seven.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) July 14, 2019
Esmith Pineda – Aguadule (Panama) Cabezera LL (2016 LLBWS) – Cincinnati Reds
One of the most memorable moments on the mound for Esmith Pineda during the 2016 LLBWS came in his first pitching appearance against Australia, striking out 11 in five innings of work to lead his team to a 3-2 victory. At the plate, Esmith finished the tournament 4-for-16 (.250), including a homerun in the opening game against Mexico to give his team its first win of the tournament. In the game for third place, Esmith finished the tournament in style, with a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the sixth to beat the Southeast Region 3-2 to take the title in third place.
Reds added rightfielder Esmith Pineda to their class of international signees. Pineda played for Panama in the 2016 Little League World Series.
“He will have great power.”https://t.co/uDUfUvBhbE
— Bobby Nightengale (@nightengalejr) January 17, 2022
Omar Romero – Luz-Maracaibo (Venezuela) LL (2017 LLBWS) – Toronto Blue Jays
Known for his exciting personality and incredible skills on the field, Omar Romero was the spark plug for the Latin America regional team in the 2017 LLBWS. Defensively, Omar’s skills showed when he helped spin a pair of doubles against Mexico in the opening round and the tournament clear. closed. At the plate, its most exciting moment came with a walk-off triple in an elimination game against the Dominican Republic, leading to one of the biggest sports in the Little League World Series.
By: Carlos Colon (@carlosac1_)https://t.co/SXXpwClkOV
– With full bases (@ConLasBasesFull) January 17, 2022
Adan Sanchez – Vacamonte LL (Arraijan, Panama) (2018 LLBWS) – Chicago Cubs
In three games of the 2018 LLBWS, Adan Sanchez was able to come together for three hits in seven at bats (.714) while driving in four RBI’s and scoring three runs on his own. With a three run homerun in the opening game against Canada, Adan hit hits in each of his next two games, including an RBI single against Japan to narrow the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the fourth. After making the save against Canada with three strikeouts, Adan came back and threw 4.2 innings against Japan, striking out nine more while giving up only three hits despite the loss.
— ó𝗿𝗱𝗼𝗯𝗮 (@yasilkaoficial) January 17, 2022
Erick Torres – Los Bravos de Pontezuela LL (Santiago, DR) (2017 LLBWS) – Kansas City Royals
During the 2017 LLBWS, Erick Torres helped lead his team as a solid third baseman throughout the tournament, racking up three assists and a couple of putouts without making a mistake in three games. On the mound, Erick also made a save in an 8-7 win over Australia after coming in to take the final out of the game.
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) January 15, 2022
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