Prospects Live: Bat speed, athleticism, with the glove and arm to stick at the six. Hit tool concerns are the biggest knock on Witt, but his amateur track record speaks for itself. Potential franchise shortstop.
FanGraphs: It’s still a power-over-hit profile along the lines of Trevor Story but Witt may be a better athlete, runner, and defender than Story as well.
2080 Baseball: It’s still a power-over-hit profile along the lines of Trevor Story but Witt may be a better athlete, runner, and defender than Story as well.
Baseball Prospectus: Witt’s swing-and-miss potential due to pitch recognition and a longer swing does create some risk that Witt will not hit enough to profile as an everyday starter, which may limit him to a defense-first utility role. On the other end, Witt’s excellent athletic abilities, defensive profile, and raw strength give him a very high ceiling if he can improve his hit tool beyond his current projection.
Juicy’s Final Mock: Armed with electric bat speed, plus power, a cannon arm, great fielding instincts, 60 run times and high-end pedigree; the only question with Witt Jr has been the bat.
BASEBALL FARM’S BOTTOM LINE
255/315/500, 25 HR, 20 SB, Fantasy FV 60 ($21)
240/300/475, 21 HR, 19 SB Fantasy FV 50 ($15)
A bloodlines prospect with the 5-tool potential to be a #1 overall selection in most drafts. Witt’s speed and glove give him the floor of MLB regular. The raw power is there to be something special, but the hit tool has to come along for the ride. Could struggle with the bat early on, or he could explode again like he did with Team USA in the Fall of 2018. There’s a potential franchise player here, but there’s some risk as well.