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Bergenfield Bears 2015: Xavier Haskins

At 11 years-old, playing for a 12u All-star team, you might say that 2B-C Xavier Haskins is ahead of his time. Then again, standing at 4’8” and 80 lbs., you might also say that he has a lot of catching up to do. Either way, he makes his mark as a player and a teammate. Like his teammate, Rodolfo Sanchez, Xavier is a little guy who plays bigger than you might expect.

Xavier likes playing “because it’s very competitive and it’s a fun sport.” With Robinson Cano as his favorite professional player, Xavier figures to have that as his motto. He likes Cano “because of his style and he is a great baseball player.”

Robinson Cano, Fluid and Smooth (Courtesy of photos.nj.com)

Robinson Cano, Fluid and Smooth (Courtesy of photos.nj.com)

As smaller players go, Xavier can take a great lesson from recently deceased Yogi Berra, one of the smallest, most successful catchers in MLB history. Yogi stood at 5’7”, only 11 inches taller than Xavier.

His experience in the Northeast Bergen All-Stars and Little League Districts tournaments, and now at Cooperstown Baseball World, has exposed him to “good, talented players” from many different places. That enables young players like Xavier to learn different techniques that he can incorporate into his own style, his own approach to the game.

Xavier’s best game was a 4-for-4 game, when he hit for the cycle. With continued improvement as a hitter, and a role model like Robinson Cano, he is certain to realize his goal “to continue to be a great baseball player.”

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