Although baseball is known in the United States as “America’s pastime,” it has a long and proud history in other parts of the world. For example, in Venezuela, people have played the sport since 1895. Following its arrival in the country, baseball quickly became the most important sport in the country—especially in poor and rural areas.

By 2014, there were over 300 Venezuelan players in the US, belonging to all divisions and categories of America’s top professional league, Major League Baseball (MLB). After the Dominican Republic, Venezuela is the second most represented country in MLB.

“Future Star” documents a young baseball player looking for a contract with a professional team. His dream is to become a MLB player in the United States. He is sixteen and from a rural area called San Felipe in the western part of Venezuela. A scout found and recruited him when he was thirteen. Now he lives near the baseball academy—one hour from his home town—that is preparing him to find a contract with a professional team. He practices from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. six days per week.

This is a story that is shared by many big league players from across Venezuela and the Caribbean Islands.

—Wil Riera