On one of baseball’s most important days of the year, after much anticipation, we are ecstatic to report the Royals have selected Bobby Witt, Jr. with the #2 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.
A standout shortstop and pitcher who bats and throws right handed, Witt is a recent graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas, about 30 miles outside of Dallas. He is committed to the University of Oklahoma for college, and will turn 19 very soon on June 14th.
For a high school player, Witt has distinguished himself by racking up quite the list of awards and accolades. Most recently, he was awarded Gatorade’s National Baseball Player of the Year following a season in which he hit .515 with 15 home runs, 54 RBIs, and 17 stolen bases. As a junior in 2018, he hit 10 home runs with a batting average of .446. Witt was also the 2018 winner of the High School Home Run Derby at Nationals Park, the MVP of the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game at Wrigley Field later that summer, and helped Team USA to a gold medal in the 2018 COPABE Pan-American Championships in Panama City.
A current player agent with Octagon Baseball, Bobby’s father Bobby Witt Sr. is his son’s advisor. His MLB career as a pitcher spanned 16 seasons. He is one of only a handful of American League pitchers to hit a home run during his career.
As the 2nd-ranked player on almost all pre-draft boards, Witt is an incredible #2 overall selection on and off the field. We can’t wait to see what he will bring to this organization.
The Royals’ next pick is #44 overall. Stay tuned!
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