The Little League World Series is a joyous event for many, especially the players ready to showcase their talent on the biggest stage of their young lives.
Often accompanying the players’ introductions on television are simple questions like, "Who is your favorite baseball player?" or "What do you want to do when you grow up?"
It shouldn’t be a surprise that many of these athletes answer the latter with "baseball player."
And while many continue with the sport for most of their lives, only a select few develop the elite skills that propel them to an elite level. There are a couple of noteworthy athletes in the 2012 Little League World Series who may be lucky enough to make the MLB someday.
One of these stars-in-waiting is pitcher Tyler Vitt from McAllister Park Little League out of San Antonio, Texas. Vitt and the rest of the San Antonio little leaguers managed to beat Lufkin, Texas, 9-0.
Vitt, of course, was at the forefront of this victory, having pitched a two-hitter, as reported by The Lufkin Daily News.
Vitt had 10 strikeouts and no walks, a very impressive feat.
Even more impressive is the fact that the San Antonio squad only allowed one player to get past first base.
Tyler Vitt is showing, early on, that he has the ability to handle the pressure of a big game. Of course, the next two weeks will truly be a test to Vitt and the rest of his San Antonio teammates.
Another star-in-the making is catcher Biagio Paoletta from Fairfield, Connecticut. Paoletta has dominated the New England Regional Tournament with his impressive batting average.
The 11-year-old catcher has batted .556 throughout the tournament. Considering he has such a high average, it’s no surprise he also put up 18 RBI in the process, according to his PointStreak.com player profile.
These, of course, are only two players to watch during the 2012 Little League World Series. There are plenty of other players who can rise up to the next level, but expect these two names to come up sometime in the near future.