2021 Tom Seaver all-star team

C–Andrew Nuruki, California: Nuruki has been lights out at home plate. The California catcher has put out 28 players on 29 total chances. Nuruki also batted .400 throughout his four games of the tournament on a California offense that attacked pitches well throughout the Little League World Series.

INF–Calen Lucier, New Hampshire: Lucier has recorded 16 putouts and played a hand in two double plays in the field, and has been a solid defensive player at first base, catcher and on the mound. At the plate, Lucier has been productive on offense as well, recording five RBIs and three runs. Lucier batted .333 in the tournament with a .385 on-base percentage through four games.

INF–Brekken Biteler, South Dakota: The Sioux Falls shortstop made six assists and two putouts on his eight chances throughout the tournament. Behind Weir and Maddox Munson dominating the mound, Biteler provided lockdown defense for a field that held its first three opponents of the tournament scoreless.

INF–Cason Mediger, South Dakota: Another crucial piece of South Dakota’s daunting defense, Mediger played the infield with tight plays that kept offenses stunned throughout the tournament. Mediger made great use of his 14 total chances, netting 10 assists and four putouts within three games.

INF–Kaleb Harden, Ohio: Kaleb Harden was nothing but efficient for Ohio during Hamilton’s run through the Little League World Series. Ahead of West Side’s championship appearance, Harden batted .357 and had a .333 on-base percentage. In the field, each of Harden’s four chances resulted in putouts.

OF–Chance Retherford, Ohio: Retherford has been a consistent top hitter in the tournament, batting .400 ahead of the championship and posting an on-base percentage of .471. The right fielder has made four putouts and one assist through five games when not on the mound.

OF–Elias Emerson, California: Emerson has played a paramount role in California’s juggernaut batting order when not locking down the outfield. In his first two games, Emerson batted .500 and helped Torrance reach the final six teams of the Little League World Series before back-to-back losses from South Dakota and Ohio.

OF–Tristan Lucier, New Hampshire: Lucier has filled any role given to him immensely. At center field and shortstop, Lucier made six putouts and four assists on 11 total chances. At the plate, Lucier was a prominent hitter as well. Lucier hit a three-run homer in a rout of Oregon and batted .556 throughout the tournament.

UTILITY–Xavier Navarro, California : In three games of the Series pitched, Navarro posted an ERA of .857 and recorded four putouts and two assists on six total chances. In his first two games of the Series, Navarro batted .333 and posted a .400 on-base percentage by the end of California’s run in the tournament.

P–Gavin Weir, South Dakota: Weir has gained national attention and media coverage for his form, often being compared to Chris Sale. The left-handed pitcher, in his last eight games, has allowed just one hit and has struck out 114 of 132 batters.

P–JJ Vogel, Ohio: Vogel grinded out a 1-0, eight inning affair to edge Tennessee without letting up a run on Day 1 of the tournament. In 10.2 innings pitched during the Series, Vogel allowed just two hits and struck out 17 of his batters.


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