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OK, welcome back. Clearly Bobby Witt Jr., son of major leaguer Bobby Witt Sr., is a Top 30 prospect in all of baseball. The 2nd overall pick in the 2019 Amateur draft is Kansas City’s star prospect no matter what he briefly did on the field after being draft.
So, how’d he do?
- Born: June 14, 2000
- B/T: Right/Right
- 6’1″, 190lb
- Drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 1st round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Player Draft out of Colleyville Heritage HS
His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Nothing to aggregate, that’s it, right there. So let’s focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:
The speed show up. The walks were fine, the strikeouts were solid, the OBP was a bit sub-par, and the power didn’t show up.
What is there to say? It’s too early to judge based on the results on the field.
He liked hitting lefties, not so much righties. Too early.
There’s that one home run that he pulled to extreme left. His triples, on the other hand, were to all gaps, including most pulled the opposite way. He’s fast. The singles were all evenly spread as he sprayed the ball everywhere.
Not a great OPS, but it at least trended in the right direction.
- Rotowire: #23 on their Top 400.
- BaseballHQ: #19 on their Top 100.
- Fangraphs: #23 on their Top 120.
- Fantasy Six Pack: #114 on their dynasty list.
- Prospects365: #26 on Ray Butler’s Top 200.
- Imaginary Brick Wall: #29 on the Top 487.
- Fantrax: #16 on the Top 250.
What do the scouts see? They see a star. They see a 2nd-generation athlete who has no weaknesses, and several plusses. He’s got the potential to be a 5-tool player. What? He showed no power, you say. Yes, not yet, but he has potential for not only plus power, but double-plus power in the end. Same with his double-plus speed. Same with his defense at SS.
It might take three or four years, but he could be the cornerstone of the next Royals championship team. Believe.