Stars youth baseball club visits Citi Field

NEW YORK -- Former San Diego Stars have gone on to become Major Leaguers at an impressive rate. The nation's oldest travel baseball club has produced MLB superstars such as Bryce Harper and Adrian Gonzalez, as well as 33 other professionals who once played for the team.

On Tuesday night, current members of the Stars' 9-year-old team took to Citi Field to watch batting practice and mingle with Padres players. A handful of Padres met with the team to sign autographs, take pictures and wish them luck in this week's National Youth Baseball Championships.

"We've got 29 national champions and 35 kids who have played professional baseball," club founder and coach Lyle Gabriel said.

The Stars will compete in the NYBC, held at Baseball Heaven in Yaphank, N.Y. Maybe one of them will come back to Citi Field as a Major Leaguer.

Alden Woods is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.