|Bobby Witt Jr.|
|Kansas City Royals – No. 7|
|Shortstop / Third baseman|
|Born: June 14, 2000|
|April 7, 2022, for the Kansas City Royals|
|MLB statistics |
(through July 24, 2022)
|Runs batted in||51|
Robert Andrew Witt Jr. (born June 14, 2000) is an American professional baseball shortstop and third baseman for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was selected second overall by the Royals in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft.
Witt attended Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. He committed to play college baseball at the University of Oklahoma. As a junior in 2018, he batted .446 with ten home runs. That summer, he won the High School Home Run Derby at Nationals Park. Later in the summer, he also played in the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field where he hit a home run and was named team MVP as well as the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park. In December, he played for Team USA in Panama City during the 2018 COPABE Pan-American Championships, helping Team USA win a gold medal. In 2019, his senior year, he was named the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year after batting .515 with 15 home runs, 54 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases.
Witt was considered one of the top prospects for the 2019 Major League Baseball draft. He was selected by the Kansas City Royals with the second overall pick. He signed for $7.79 million and made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Arizona League Royals. Over 37 games, he batted .262/.317/.354 with one home run, 27 RBIs, and nine stolen bases.
Witt did not play a minor league game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the minor league season caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To begin the 2021 season, he was assigned to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals of the Double-A Central. In June, he was selected to play in the All-Star Futures Game at Coors Field. After batting .292/.369/.570 with 16 home runs, fifty RBIs, and 14 stolen bases over sixty games, he was promoted to the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Triple-A East. Over 62 games with Omaha, Witt slashed .285/.352/.581 with 17 home runs, 46 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases. He was awarded both the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year Award and the Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Award.
Witt began practicing at third base during 2022 spring training. On April 5, 2022, the Royals announced that Witt had made the Opening Day roster. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day on April 7 as the Royals' starting third baseman. Witt hit his first major league home run on May 3 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Witt's father, Bobby Witt, played parts of 16 seasons as a pitcher in MLB. Bobby Sr. is a player agent with Octagon Baseball and is his son's advisor.