Bobby Witt Jr. Shines in Summer Camp

The Kansas City Royals drafted SS Bobby Witt Jr. with their second pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, out of Colleyville Heritage High School in Texas. Since then, Witt Jr. has played a little over 35 games in Rookie ball. At the age of 19, he played in 37 games and batted .262. Along with that, he hit one home-run and had 27 RBIs. Coming into the 2020 season, Witt Jr. is ranked 10th on MLB’s top 100 prospect list. He is currently also the number-one prospect in the Royals farm system.

During this MLB Summer Camp, the Royals decided to invite Bobby Witt Jr. as part of the 60-man player pool. However, Witt Jr. has turned a lot of heads in the past few weeks during multiple intrasquad exhibition games.

Hitting

As I said, Witt Jr. has only taken professional at-bats at the Arizona Fall League which is rookie ball. Despite this, Witt Jr. has had several great at-bats during this summer camp.

During his first live at-bat, he battled through a 12 pitch at-bat. After that, he ripped a double into right-field. He then faced Major-League quality pitchers. When facing LHP Tim Hill, Witt Jr. singled into right-field.

He has also stolen a few bags here and there., so when he is on the base-paths, he isn’t afraid to be aggressive.

At Friday’s scrimmage, Bobby Witt Jr. laced a ball into right-field which led to Nick Pratto scoring.

Fielding

This is where Bobby Witt Jr. has shined the most during summer camp. Witt Jr has played both shortstop and third-base over the past few weeks. Many have described his defense has fluid and effortless. During camp, the Royals coaching staff have been liking what they have seen from the left-side of the infield.

He has also made the best play of camp so far. During Saturday’s scrimmage, a ball was hit hard to Witt Jr. who was playing third. Despite being a tricky play, he made a spectacular play at the hot-corner.

Chances of Witt Jr. playing in 2020?

It seems unlikely, but never say never. This 2020 season is going to be full of surprises, twist, and turns. I wouldn’t rule anything as being off the table. Royals Manager, Mike Matheny has hinted at possibly playing Witt Jr. at third base this season. The best way to get the young infielder work, would be to get him Major-League at-bats. With the way he has been hitting during summer camp, he has shown he can play. With Opening Day quickly approaching, this has been one of the more talked about story-lines out of summer camp.

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Nick Whyman
Nick Whyman is an editor at Overtime Heroics and has been writing for OTH since January of 2020. Whyman is also a Senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Broadcasting.

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