Age: 19 yr, Weight: 190 lbs, Height: 6-1
School: Colleyville Heritage HS
MLB Draft: Round 1, Overall: 2
Current Level: R, ETA: 2022
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Major League legacy with all the tools to be a superstar five-tool shortstop
In my time following the MLB Draft, I don’t think anyone has gotten as much hype as Bobby Witt Jr. was getting in 2018 (the only two that come to mind are Greene and Buxton who also both ironically went second overall). While Adley Rutschmann’s insane junior year and overall consistent dominance throughout college secured his spot as the first overall pick, Witt still went second overall and got a ridiculous $7.8 million signing.
As a prospect there’s very little to not like about Bobby Witt Jr.; he has the potential to be a true five-tool superstar at shortstop and he has the tools that everyone dreams of. With plus raw power and speed, Witt looks like a future 30/30 hitter at the plate with the potential for more of either. Defensively his athleticism allows him to cover plenty of ground at short, and as a pitcher who threw mid-90s off the mound, there’s no concerns about his arm either. It’s not even a controversial statement to say that Witt could have four plus tools as of right now.
The one area of concern for Witt is with the hit tool. Witt has great hands and actually reads the strike zone fairly well, but he’s struggled a bit with swinging and missing within the zone. Strikeouts weren’t a huge issue for him in his debut (which really doesn’t mean anything because it was 180 PA) nor his senior year in high school (albeit against fairly weak competition), but it’s clear that the hit tool is a bit behind the others. If Witt’s hit tool catches up to the other four there’s no doubt in my mind that he could be the best prospect in baseball and a future superstar in MLB. How much Witt’s hit tool develops will ultimately determine how good he’ll be, but the ceiling is sky high.