TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
He's already built like a big leaguer, and he's just 13 years old. Miguel Vega is a rising baseball star from Tyler, who's set to play in the All- American games.
?Vega, a 13 year old select baseball superstar is about to test his skill against some of the best in the entire country. "I worked hard and getting noticed, it feels good," Vega says. Vega's grandfather Kenneth Shepherd added, "We've always known he was a little more talented, but to prove it now is pretty good."
Miguel was top performer at his try-out for the United States Specialty Sports Association Midwest region team. The Tyler native will now be one of 15 players representing the Midwest region during the upcoming USSSA All-American games in Orlando, Florida. "I mean being the top performer in the Midwest, I think I have to prove something to everybody," Miguel said. Shepherd added, "He will be the biggest kid so he will feel that pressure for sure. And they will be expecting him to hit the ball out of the park so hopefully he will."
At 6'2, 220 pounds, Miguel is used to carrying his baseball team. Now the pitcher and shortstop will look to guide the Midwest squad to the top. I love the pressure," Vega said. "I like being the pitcher, I mean you can win all those games yourself."
Its up in the air right now whether Miguel will pitch during the tournament. He is dealing with an elbow injury, but say's its just a minor setback he will overcome. "It makes me want to work harder and do my band work and every kind of exercise I can to keep it healthy," Vega said.
And with the games taking place at ESPN, Wide World of Sports, Vega knows what is on the line.