Bobby Witt Jr. Kansas City Royals

Age: 21 (June 14, 2000) | 6' 1" | 200lbs. | Bats: Right Minors: 3b-18 ss-102 dh-8 ph-1
KC R 2019 37 164 30 43 13 35 2 5 1 27 9 1 .262 .317 .354 7 19 .323 n/a
KC AA 2021 61 244 44 72 25 67 11 4 16 51 14 7 .295 .369 .570 9 24 .339 n/a
KC AAA 2021 62 253 55 72 26 64 24 0 17 46 15 3 .285 .352 .581 9 23 .314 n/a
KC AL 2022 31 120 15 26 5 30 6 2 3 14 5 2 .217 .254 .375 4 24 .264 41/13/46 4 4
Career 1yr 31 120 15 26 5 30 6 2 3 14 5 2 .217 .254 .375 4 24 .264 n/a
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Started at short yesterday, went 0-for-4 with three Ks.

Alex Patton Alex

He's back at third today. Played shortstop yesterday in the second game of the double-header. It beats me why they don't play him at short all the time now.

Alex Patton Alex

Why not Mondesi at third?


Earns roster spot
April 2, 2022
Witt has won an Opening Day roster spot, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
Witt tore through the upper minors last season, hitting .290/.361/.575 with 33 homers and 29 steals split between the two highest levels. He's carried that momentum through to this spring, hitting .407/.448/.741 in 10 Cactus League games. A shortstop by trade, Witt is expected to open the year as the Royals' third baseman, with Adalberto Mondesi occupying his primary position.
Alex Patton Alex
Apr 3

Bobby Witt Jr., 3B, Royals: Witt has made every possible argument to be the Royals' Opening Day third baseman. Witt went 2-for-3 on Tuesday and is now hitting .476/.522/.857. He has hits in seven of eight games and has handled all nine chances at third flawlessly.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 30

$16 in Tout.

If I was a Tout Warrior, I'd be tempted to go all rooks. And I'd nominate them early to find out what else I had to spend. 

You could win big, which would be a lot of fun. And you could lose big, which no one would notice and you'd still have a lot of fun.

Alex Patton Alex
Mar 19

No. 17 on Jim Bowden's list of 20 MLB Predictions, posted today at The Athletic (I skipped a few, things like expansion cities, robo umps and whether Barry Bonds gets elected in this decade; we're trying to have some fun).

17. Bobby Witt Jr. fills his mantlepiece with awards

The 2022 AL Rookie of the Year Award. A 2024 Silver Slugger Award. The 2025 AL MVP Award. Witt will win them all, then hit 50 home runs a season in ’25 and ’26. In 2028, he will become a free agent and leave Kansas City to sign a 10-year, $574 million contract with the Rangers. How’s that for a bold prediction?

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 23

Keith Law's top 100 prospects.

Which way did the scales tip in 20011?

2. Bobby Witt Jr., SS, Kansas City Royals

Age: 22 | 6-1 | 200 pounds
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Drafted: No. 2 in 2019

Previous ranking: No. 27

This was as close a call between the top two prospects that I can recall having, probably since my No. 1 and 2 were named Mike and Bryce before the 2011 season — and having Witt second here is no slight to him. Witt destroyed Double-A and Triple-A pitching last year as a 21-year-old with just 37 games of experience outside of high school, all of that coming in the Arizona Rookie League in 2019. He did go to the Royals’ alternate site in 2020, gaining significant experience against older pitching — many of them players who would appear in the majors for Kansas City in 2021 — which may have helped him progress despite the lack of actual games. He also came into power sooner than I expected, with 33 homers on the season, half coming in Double A with the minor-league ball, so this wasn’t some Triple-A mirage.

Witt’s tools package is among the best in the game: He’s at least a 70 runner, has an 80 arm, has plus power, and his hands and feet make him a plus glove at shortstop. There’s some thought he might outgrow the position in time, though that’s hardly a lock. Witt’s father, the former Rangers starter and No. 3 pick in 1985, has a similar frame and did not become overly broad or heavy, even in retirement. It’s possible the Royals would move Witt Jr. to accommodate another shortstop, but I see his future on defense as similar to the career so far of Carlos Correa. The majority of scouts thought Correa would outgrow the position, but he has stayed lean and been an above-average defender throughout his major-league tenure. The one knock here, and it is a small one, is that Witt has some swing and miss in his game, with a tendency to get too long and overrotate just a little — something he may very well improve once he has a few hundred at bats in the majors under his belt. Right now, it’s the only separator between him and Rutschman. They both belong in the majors now and both have MVP-level upside.

Alex Patton Alex
Feb 1

It's going to be a tough three-way battle for the top AL prospect for the first time in a while.  Two of the big pubs are already split.  4-5 seem to safely be both Tigers, although not a consensus order.  Grayson Rodriguez and Shane Baz likely to follow in the next positions.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jan 20

For me that "as long as he improves his approach at the plate" is a worry. He's walked enough in the minors, but will the step up to the majors be tougher? I and others had similar concerns about Tatis Jr. Can we always be wrong?

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jan 19