Lynn's rise began as Little Leaguer in Indiana

Lance Lynn, RHP, Cardinals
Hometown: Marion County, Ind.

Even before stepping on a Major League mound, Lance Lynn was shining in the national spotlight.

Lynn and his Brownsburg, Ind., Little League team qualified for the Little League World Series in 1999, capturing the Central Region. In the eight-team tournament, Brownsburg went 0-3, but Lynn's days as a big-time baseball player were just getting started.

Lynn attended Brownsburg High School and was the 2005 Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. In his senior season, Lynn went 16-0 with two saves and a 0.71 ERA in 18 appearances. He also batted .400 with 14 homers.

The Mariners selected Lynn in the sixth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, but he opted to attend the University of Mississippi instead. The Cardinals took him in the first round of the 2008 Draft, and Lynn began his professional career.

At Ole Miss, he met and eventually married his wife, Lauren, an All-American softball player for the Rebels, and the couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Mia.

Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.